I know these videos have been seen before, but I am sure everyone just like me could watch these videos a million times. Roger De Coster brought a lot of people to the sport in the 1970s. He was mister cool, and often unbeatable.
De Coster’s name is almost synonymous with the sport of motocross, winning five 500cc Motocross World Championships during the 1970s and tallying a record 36 500cc Grand Prix victories. His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as “The Man.”
De Coster began his professional motocross career with the Czechoslovakian firm ČZ racing in the 500cc class. He was also competent in other forms of off-road motorcycling, winning a Gold Medal in the 1964 International Six Days Trial, and won the 1964 Belgian Observed Trials National Championship. He won the 500cc Belgian National Championship in 1966 and moved up to the Grand Prix World Championship in 1967. He won his first 500cc Grand Prix in 1968.
In 1971, De Coster left ČZ to join the Japanese firm Suzuki. It was with Suzuki that he would attain his greatest success, winning the 500cc Motocross World Championship three years in a row in 1971, 1972 and 1973 before Heikki Mikkola dethroned him in 1974. De Coster came back and regained the World Championship for the 1975 and 1976 seasons. By the mid-seventies, he had established himself as the greatest motocrosser of all time. In 1980, He joined Honda for one final season. He left the sport on top, winning his final world championship race — the 500cc Motocross Grand Prix of Luxembourg at the end of the 1980 season. He was also a four-time winner of the Trans-AMA motocross series, a nine-time Belgian national champion, and was a member of six winning Belgian teams in the Motocross des Nations.
De Coster was known for his smooth, controlled riding style and a commitment to physical training. His training regime gave him the stamina that allowed him to circulate for most of the race in mid-pack before putting in a late charge through the field to victory when other racers had begun to tire.
After his racing career, De Coster moved to the U.S. and remained involved in the sport, becoming the motocross team manager for Honda and Suzuki. Starting in 2011, he will be the team manager for the Red Bull KTM team. He has also managed Team USA in the Motocross of Nations.
Now that we are deep into the cold winter months, most team deals for the new season have been announced. So, now seemed like a great time to update our comprehensive list of who will ride for which team in 2015. We’ll be updating this list regularly in the coming weeks, so remember to check it!
Red Bull KTM
Ken de Dycker
Wilvo Forkrent KTM
Note: Adam Sterry will be gunning for the EMX2 title, but will also compete in three MX2 GPs throughout the year.
Hitachi Construction Machinery UK KTM
Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna
Note: Nathan Watson is currently on a deal that will see him contest European GPs only, although in an exclusive MX Vice interview he claimed that if things go well, he’ll be on the line in Qatar.
Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna
Ricci Racing Husqvarna
Yamaha Factory Racing
Jeremy van Horebeek
Kemea Reytec Yamaha
Brent van Doninck
BikeIt Yamaha Cosworth
Second Rider: TBA
Note: There has not been much news from the BikeIt Yamaha Cosworth squad, although plenty of rumours continue to float around about which manufacturer they will be on. Max will return for the second year of his deal.
DP19 Racing Yamaha
Standing Construct Yamaha
GL12 Racing Yamaha
Second Rider: TBA
Note: Assomotor Honda is a new squad that will enter the MXGP scene in ’15 with Alessandro Lupino. Mike Alessi has been linked to this team, although there is no news on who will be their second rider yet.
Monster Energy KRT
Monster Energy CLS Kawasaki
Bud Racing Kawasaki
Note: The Bud Racing Kawasaki squad will not be present at every round of the MXGP series. Xavier Boog will be competing in select rounds.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. announced today their 2015 AMA Supercross and Motocross teams. In addition to previously announced teams, Toyota/JGR Yamaha and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha, are six additional “blU cRU” teams: CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha, Strikt/Slaton Yamaha, Barn Pros/Home Depot Yamaha, 51Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha, Blue Buffalo/Slater Skins Yamaha and Thermo-Tech Yamaha.
“We’re very excited about the upcoming Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Motocross seasons,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “Especially with the number of teams and riders that want to compete on Yamaha YZ250F and YZ450F motorcycles in 2015. This shows the impact that these bikes have made on the sport, as well as the confidence that the teams and riders have in them as winning machines.”
Below is the official release from Yamaha and members of each team.
There is always something special about a company that continue to produce really cool stuff for motocross riders. 100% know their stuff and their new 2015 gloves are pretty trick. Check out some information on their product and also the 2015 catalogue.
The Italian boutique brand has released photos of their 2015 models. Will they come to the USA, after skipping the 2014 season? Maybe. Last year the dollar-Euro rate of exchange made the TMs too expensive to be competitive.
The TM 85MX gets a new Keihin 28mm carburetor with a revised intake manifold for a wider spread of more instantaneous power delivery. There are new graphics, revised suspension settings and big and small wheel variants.
Do we really have to explain this one? Im pretty sure the way your bike leans on a triangle just shows the intimidation. Any Triangle stand participant should also be required to run a 10 ft bright orange dune flag out the rear.
2. Tie-Downs (ratchet,none at all)
This also should be self explanatory. If you dare roll up on the moto scene with these flashy boys you want the attention. Part deux none at all; you can also take part in a little bike demolition by choosing no strap support. But how bad ass and easy does just throwing the bike in back sound and tearing ass outta the pits!
3. Spoke Savers
Its a look I get it, it creates more style, and trust me im totally pro-art. But honestly, can we consider this rust inhibating kook setup to be a piece of art? I think not.
4. Racing #’s
Unless your national # 69 your throwing off a total kook flag. Spotting your local devil worshipper/stoner advertiser is the easy part, staying away from them on the track is the hard part because of the dark lord himself and the lagging of motivation out there.
5. Goggle Location/ Visor Angle
The picture says it all, the negative degree pitch of the visor and the goggle strap making a B-line to his neck.
6. Race Transporter
We have three classic kook rigs here, Ill keep it short.
The bike and trailer is bigger than the tow-rig itself
Two prong hitch trailer on a truck, I guess the idea of the bikes hanging off the back sound better than strapped in the bed?
U-haul special, but hasn’t decided on kayaking the Colorado or shredding the local trail
— Some go the distance for that clean 15% off retail
— Instagram says he’s pro, Twitter says he’s pro, he has a facebook athlete page? He must be pro!!
8.Over Chest Protector Under
This only happens when every sponsor has to get their hands on you!
Mark Barnett was the dominant AMA 125cc motocross racer of the early 1980s. “The Bomber” won three AMA 125cc National Motocross Championships from 1980 to 1982 and proved his versatility by winning the AMA Supercross Series in 1981.
When he retired from racing in 1985, he was the all-time win leader in AMA 125cc Motocross history with 25 national wins in the class and was second to Bob Hannah on the all-time AMA Supercross wins list with 17 stadium victories.
In addition to his four AMA championships, Barnett also had success on the international stage as a member of the winning 1983 Team U.S.A. Motocross and Trophee des Nations squad. He twice won the 125cc U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross.
Barnett, born in 1960, grew up in Bridgeview, Illinois. He learned to ride on a pull-start minibike as a kid and began racing motocross by the age 10 in Illinois and Indiana. He rapidly became the dominant rider in whatever class he competed. As a boy, Barnett was a big fan of Belgium motocross star Sylvain Geboers. He saw first saw Geboers race a factory Suzuki in a Trans-AMA race in Wisconsin.
At 15, Barnett earned national recognition by winning an AMA amateur championship. After he turned 16, Barnett hit the national circuit on a privateer Suzuki.
In his 1977 rookie pro season, the Midwesterner turned some heads by scoring three top-10 finishes in the 125cc nationals and finishing sixth in the final standings. In 1978, Barnett signed his first factory contract with Suzuki, paying him $1,000 per month. Later, at the height of his career, Barnett would sign a three-year, one million dollar contract with the company.
Barnett was one of the few riders from the Midwest to earn a factory ride at the time.
“It was tough to get recognition if you didn’t grow up racing in California,” Barnett said. “I won some key amateur races at the right time and then went out and raced a season in the nationals on my own to prove myself. I think growing up racing in the Midwest gave me an advantage when the nationals came back East. I was used to the mud, ruts and roots.”
On April 23, 1978, Barnett won his first AMA 125cc National riding the factory Suzuki in Houston, Texas. A shoulder injury put an early end to his 1978 campaign and hampered his return early in 1979, but by the end of the year Barnett was fully healed and closed out the season with a string of consecutive victories in the 125 nationals and finished runner up to Broc Glover in the series. Perhaps his biggest confidence booster that year was winning the 125cc U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross at Mid-Ohio against the world’s best.
He also scored his first AMA Supercross victory in July of 1979 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in front of 79,000 fans. Barnett called the LA Supercross victory one of the most memorable in his career. In the race, Jeff Ward led early before losing the lead to Gaylon Mosier. Barnett worked his way to the front and passed Mosier late in the race, as did Mike Bell. For the final two laps, Barnett and Bell battled feverishly, with Barnett taking the checkered flag by a bike length over Bell with the throng of fans cheering enthusiastically.
By then, Barnett had moved to his grandmother’s 400-acre ranch in Alabama. He quickly became known as perhaps the strongest rider on the circuit, not only from weight training, but also from hauling hay in the hot Alabama summer sun. Unlike many of his peers, Barnett, who had a quiet and polite demeanor, avoided fast cars and high living and lived a uncomplicated life on the farm eating fresh vegetables he grew in his garden and riding countless hours on the practice track and surrounding woods of the ranch.
After chasing Glover for three years, Barnett dethroned the reigning 125 motocross king in 1980. But Glover didn’t go down without a fight. The 1980 125 national championship was a battle all the way to the final moto. In the searing August heat of St. Petersburg, Florida, Barnett finally took home the victory and with it the trophy that Glover had a stranglehold on for years. He had just turned 20 when he won the championship.
“I’d say the biggest rival of my career was Glover,” Barnett would later say. “He was the rider everyone was shooting for when I came into the sport and we had a lot of great races along the way.”
In 1980, his first full season of AMA Supercross, Barnett finished fourth in the series.
While Barnett was coming into his own by 1980, no one could have dreamed he would experience one of the most dominant seasons in AMA Motocross and Supercross history in 1981. That year, he gave Suzuki its first AMA Supercross Championship, winning a series-best six races along the way.
In the 125 nationals, Barnett was simply unstoppable. He won 14 straight motos and seven consecutive nationals en route to the title. He broke his collarbone at home practicing and was forced to miss the final national. That was very likely the only thing that kept him from turning in the first undefeated season in AMA motocross history. As it was, he won 14 of the 16 motos that season. In spite of missing the final round, Barnett set a number of AMA winning-streak records that would stand for over 20 years.
If the 1981 AMA Supercross and 125 Motocross Championships weren’t enough, Barnett put an exclamation mark on his unbelievable season by humiliating the Europeans at Mid-Ohio in the 1981 125cc U.S. Grand Prix. He lapped the field up to 10th place in the first moto and was nearly two minutes ahead of the second-place rider at the finish. In the second moto, he came from dead last in a pouring rain to win again. Motorcyclist magazine said the one consolation the Europeans had when they returned home was that Barnett didn’t go with them.
Barnett was runner up in the 1982 supercross series and went on to defend his 125 Motocross title in a close battle over Johnny O’Mara. It marked his fourth AMA championship.
In 1983, Barnett finally relinquished the AMA 125 Motocross Championship after he experienced a tough string of mechanical problems with his bike. In the 1983 AMA Supercross Series, Barnett led most of the season, but again had bike problems late in the season and lost the title to David Bailey by just two points.
“That was my most disappointing year,” Barnett admitted. “I should have won the ’83 supercross championship. I was in a battle all year with Bailey, but the bike broke on me [in the Foxboro, Massachusetts race] and I lost 25 points and it cost me the championship.”
In 1984, Barnett moved to the 250 motocross class for the first time. He had some good results, but suffered a knee injury and finished fifth in the final standings. It was then that he felt the desire to stay on top was beginning to wane.
“Maybe I was getting tired or maybe the other guys were just getting better,” Barnett admitted. “I won very early in my career and I think it’s tough to maintain that level for any length of time.”
In 1985, he signed with Kawasaki, but re-injured his knee and never regained the speed he had before the injury. Barnett decided to retire after the ‘85 season.
During his nine-year professional racing career, Barnett won a total of 43 AMA national events, taking victories in AMA 125cc motocross, AMA Supercross and Trans-AMA. His 25 career wins in AMA 125 motocross would be the record until Ricky Carmichael moved back down to the 125 class after clinching the 250 championship and earned his 26th win in 2001. His riding style was one of the most aggressive of the era, earning him his nickname of “The Bomber.” He was also known for his incredible cornering speed, said to be the best of any rider from the 1980s.
After retiring from racing, Barnett honed his skills as a track builder and became one of the leading motocross and supercross track designers and builders in the country. He built many of the private practice tracks for the factory riders of the early 2000s. He continued to live on his family ranch in Alabama.
He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2002 Racer X Illustrated ranked Barnett sixth on its “25 All-Time Best American Motocross Riders.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 5) — With the start of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series quickly approaching, the vaunted GEICO Honda team has added Malcolm Stewart to its 250SX West lineup.
Stewart ended last year’s 250SX West action in sixth place with three podium results and just one finish outside the top 10, showing he has the skills it takes to be a winner at the professional level.
“I’m excited for this opportunity,” Stewart said. “Obviously, the GEICO Honda team is a top-tier group that is always in contention. I think my previous experience in the 250 class, especially in 250SX West, will help make this transition easier and get us off to a fast start.
“I’m hoping to start the year off strong and get the results I think we are capable of achieving.”
GEICO Honda team manager and past series champion Mike LaRocco feels the addition of Stewart to the team will give an added veteran boost to the entire Supercross season, not just the West races.
“We like to put our best foot forward on the West Coast,” LaRocco said. “Not only is the majority of the industry located in this region but the West riders kind of dictate the rest of the racing. The other riders really get to build some momentum off the West guys if they’re running well, and that’s what we like to try to ensure.
“Running in both the 450 and 250 classes, we like to keep a good balance of experienced riders and rookies on the team. We think Malcolm will help bring that balance. The kid’s got speed and hopefully, in the right environment, we can get some podium results out of him.”
Stewart will make his debut with the team Jan. 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
Australia’s Jarryd McNeil has been turning heads ever since he came to America. This year you could find him on The Nitro Circus Tour, The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series, Red Bull Straight Rhythm, freesteyle events, and now he is the 2014 winner of the Dirt Shark Biggest Whip Contest.
The new generation KTM SX-F was revealed today at EICMA, with Cairoli’s 350 SX-F factory edition. This bike will be used as the basis for the 2016 KTM SX-F’s and it was revealed today that the new model weighs in 5KG’s lighter! Not many other details were released, so I will have to remain hush for now, but the new bikes are a big step forwards in almost every way. The bike looks better in MX2 trim with the black backgrounds I think but this will only be shown later.
Because it’s a new generation model, we designed a new SX-F graphic for one side of the bike, and created a tricky abstract KTM negative, positive, positive logo graphic on the other side to try to differentiate it from the current model.