BLAST FROM THE PAST: GARY SEMICS MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN MX

Gary Semics was a pioneer in the motocross world starting his career racing for Husqvarna and winning the 500cc Supercross championship in 1974. This series ran until ’76, when it was dropped when the 250cc machines evolution made them better machines for the stadium circuits. The open bikes were still the ‘show’ in the Nationals and GP racing. Gary switched from the Husky powerhouse to Factory Kawasaki in 1975 mainly based on the fact that he got fired after getting hurt riding mini bikes (along with Bob Grossi) at the tail end of the ’74 season. 1976 was the strongest season for Semics who just missed out on the 500cc title after winning the last three nationals of the year. Too, he finished strong in the Trans AMA series with several moto wins. For his 1977 season Gary was fit and the Kawasaki was at the top of the food chain was a serious motocross weapon. Unfortunately, an injury hurt his performance, though the photo by Mark Kiel shows him winning the 1977 Mammoth Mountain motocross event. Gary call it one of his favorites tracks ever. Photo by Mark Kiel.

 

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