BLAST FROM THE PAST: SUPERCROSS 1989
The start of the 1989 Supercross wars was packed with heavy hitters. Ricky Johnson (#1) was the reigning champion but had strong competition from Jeff Stanton (#7), Jean-Michel Bayle (#111), and Ron Lechien (#4). Johnson peeled off off five wins to start SX series and sauntered into Gatorback Cycle Park in Florida (the first National of the year, and oddly enough it came in the meat of the SX lineup) as the favorite but suffered what turned out to be an injury that shortened his career when Danny Storbeck landed on his arm in practice and snapped his wrist. Rick retired in 1991 at the age of 26.
Red Bull OVERRIDE FAILS
Even the high end talent struggled with the Red Bull Override obstacles. Trystan Hart fails during the night on a ledge that tortured the racers.
And to think he only has 34 more payments to make…
The opening obstacles provided a serious test to the amateur portion of the Red Bull Override extreme event.
This obstacle alone crushed more than a gaggle of expansion chambers.
There were numerous techniques used to conquer this imposing ledge and it kept the onlookers entertained.
That is tagged ‘The Full Ghost’.
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SO, HOW WELL WAS TRYSTAN HART’S BIKE RUNNING?
Look closely at the pipe. She’s smashed flat as a Grand Funk Railroad CD
WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY
This was us testing up in Wrightwood with the Can-Am rep Tony Murphy at the end of 1980. I had just started at DB and was racing enduros for Kolbe Cycle Sales and had been up there riding several times with Johnny Martin when he came to California to race in the National Enduros.