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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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SUPERCROSS POLITICS, 1994: CLASSIC DECOSTER

Even in 1994, Supercross politics were volatile. In the October, 1994 issue of Dirt Bike, Roger DeCoster wrote about a short-lived split between the AMA and the promoters. The issues of the day were much the same as they are now.…
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CLASSIC DECOSTER: 1998 MX DES NATIONS PREVIEW

By 1998, the U.S team in the Motocross des Nations was proven to be beatable. We had lost the last three out of four. The 13-year winning streak had ended back in 1994. But we were hopeful with the addition of young Ricky Carmichael to the…
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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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2-STROKES VS. 4-STROKES OF 1996: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In 1996, the two-stroke vs. four-stroke debate had a very different tone. Doug Henry's YZF400 was still on the drawing board and two-strokes were unchallenged at the  elite levels of motocross. In the July, 1996 issue of Dirt Bike, Roger…
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DECOSTER ON THE AGE OF THE BIG RIG

By 1996 the age of the big rig had officially begun in professional motocross. It was a dynamic move the changed the sport forever.  In September of that year, Roger DeCoster had been with Suzuki for about a year, and was still writing a…
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