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Roger DeCoster

WHEN TOBACCO MONEY LEFT SUPERCROSS: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In the early ’90s, professional motocross, Supercross and most other forms of motorized racing were supported enthusiastically by Big Tobacco. The irony of this was not lost on Roger DeCoster, even through he wore Camel logos through most of his career. In 1994,  it appeared the romance between Supercross and tobacco was finally coming to […]

WHY BELGIUM? CLASSIC DeCOSTER

Back in the ’90s, Roger DeCoster produced a monthly column in Dirt Bike. This one was from June, 1993, when Roger dealt with the topic of Belgium’s success in GP competition. Today, Belgium is still an international powerhouse in FIM world championship, although France has moved up in the pecking order. Still, Roger’s observations are […]

ROGER DECOSTER’S 10 GOLDEN RULES OF MX

Roger DeCoster has mentored more motocross champions than any man in history. His own racing record is incredible. Beyond his five  500cc World Motocross Championships, he was a member of more winning Motocross des Nations teams than any rider, of any country. Then he led the U.S. team to a record string of des Nations […]

REMEMBERING THE 1978 TRANS-AMA SERIES: CLASSIC DECOSTER

This  story was alternately written by Roger DeCoster and Bob Hannah for the July, 1995 issue of Dirt Bike. The subject was the 1978 Trans-AMA Series. In the beginning, the series didn’t really have a name. It was just a collection of races held in the fall. Back then, it didn’t need a name It […]

THE FASTEST WORKS BIKE: CLASSIC DECOSTER

We often point to Doug Henry’s 1998 Yamaha YZM as the beginning of the modern four-stroke era. Actually, it started much earlier. In 1993, Jacky Martens won the 500cc World GP Championship on a works Husqvarna 630. Before that season was complete, Roger DeCoster got the chance to ride the bike for a feature in […]

AMERICA’S FALL: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In 1994, America was unseated after a 13-year winning streak at the Motocross des nations. No one knows more about that event than Roger DeCoster. Here’s what he wrote about it in the December 1994 issue of Dirt Bike. It was inevitable. For the past 13 years, we knew that the American Motocross des Nations […]

WHAT IS DIRTY RACING? CLASSIC DECOSTER

What’s the difference between a legitimate pass and dirty racing? That’s been a difficult question for a very long time. In the June, 1994 issue of Dirt Bike, Roger DeCoster addressed the issue. The standards he put forth have become a benchmark that has lasted to this day. Here’s what he said: Since the very […]

VIDEO: THE YEAR OF JUBILEE

Ride Motorcycles is a joint project between KTM Motorcycles Group, Troy Lee Designs, USMCA and the producers of the Great Outdoors, celebrating the rebirth of motorcycle sport in the depth a a worldwide pandemic.  The video was inspired by the original On Any Sunday and will have three parts. Here’s Part One, The Year of […]

WHEN JEREMY SWITCHED TO SUZUKI: CLASSIC DECOSTER

At the end of 1996, Jeremy McGrath was already the greatest supercross rider in the history of the sport.  The news of his switch from Honda to Suzuki rocked the industry to its core. This was a major score for Roger DeCoster, who was still very new as Suzuki Team manager. In the March, 1997 […]

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SUPERCROSS TRACK: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In 1995, Supercross was in a wild-west phase, as different promoters and even different sanctioning bodies struggled for control. Just like today, each area had different soil types, but back then, there were different track builders, too. In the June, 1995 issue of Dirt Bike, Roger DeCoster weighed in with his thoughts on the basics […]

ARMY DAYS: CLASSIC DECOSTER

Today, a professional motocross career often starts in a rider’s pre-teen years with his family following the races that lead to the Amateur Championship at Loretta Lynn’s.  It wasn’t like that in the old days.  In this column in Dirt Bike Magazine, Roger DeCoster talked of his early years balancing his fledgling racing career with […]

DES NATIONS GREATS: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In 1998 , Team USA’s 13-year winning streak in the motocross des Nations was in the rear-view mirror. Great Britain had ended it back in 1994 and the U.S. was struggling to reassert itself as the dominant power in world motocross. In the July, 1998 issue of Dirt Bike, Roger DeCoster looked back at some  […]

EUROPE INVADES AMERICA: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In the beginning, Supercross was a distinctly America form of racing. Europeans came and went without making a lasting impact. That changed in the ’90s. In the August, 1998 issue of Dirt Bike, Roger DeCoster wrote about a new wave of Europeans who came to the U.S. with new style, new attitude and new speed. […]

1998 TEAM STRATEGY: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In 1998, Roger DeCoster was still trying to rebuild Team Suzuki. The previous year had been difficult as he tried to accommodate Jeremy McGrath without the resources that he truly needed.  In his January, 1998 column for Dirt Bike Magazine, he shared his outlook for the season to come. In a perfect world, a race […]