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DEATH OF THE 500 2-STROKE: CLASSIC DECOSTER

Mike LaRocco earned the 1993 500 National Championship, but never got to defend it. The AMA no longer recognized the class from 1994 forward. How could the 500s go from being the most prestigious class in motocross to being dropped? In the…
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FANS AND FANATICS: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In 1997 Supercross was a very different sport. Or was it? Jeremy McGrath was at the height of his powers, and the demands that he faced were much the same as they are today for Eli Tomac or Cooper Webb. In the May, 1997 issue of Dirt Bike,…
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DECOSTER: NOTORIOUS DISQUALIFICATIONS

In 1998, Sebastien Tortelli won the 250 World Motocross Championship by 8 points over Stefan Everts. Many motocross fans will remember that fact. A less well-known fact was that at the 11th round, Everts had been disqualified for having a…
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BAN THE YZ250F! — CLASSIC DECOSTER

Back in early 2001,  the YZ250F had not yet won in National Competition, but Roger DeCoster, among others, knew it would, and he knew it would change motocross forever. In the March, 2001 issue of Dirt Bike he made it clear that he was no…
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WHEN THEY WANTED TO BAN THE YZ250F: THE WRAP

Long before the controversy surrounding Haiden Deegan and his Star Yamaha at the 2022 AMA Amateur Nationals, the YZ250F was the center of another debate.  There was a time when a number of riders and team managers wanted the bike banned…
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LOGO WARS OF THE ’90s: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In the April, 1994 issue of Dirt Bike, Roger DeCoster was wondering how motorcycle manufacturers were allowing their logos to vanish from the bikes their top riders were racing. At the time, apparel makers were becoming a bigger and bigger…
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MX IN THE ’70s VS MX TODAY: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In 1994, motocross in the U.S. was changing rapidly. Motocross in Europe, less so. Roger DeCoster watched it all, which prompted this column in the August, 1994 issue of Dirt Bike. Has motocross changed since the '70s? Of course it…
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TESTING JEFF EMIG’S 1994 YZ250

In 1994, Jeff Emig was rapidly becoming a hot commodity on the pro motocross scene. He pulled holeshot after holeshot, which prompted Roger DeCoster to call Team Yamaha to ask if Dirt Bike Magazine could do a test of Jeffro’s YZ250. When…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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