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Roger DeCoster

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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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 November, 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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CATCHING UP WITH MIKA DECOSTER

Last week we looked back at a column Roger DeCoster wrote for Dirt Bike Magazine back in 1993, when his third son Mika was born. We decided to call Mika today, and see what he's been doing with himself for the last 27 years. IT…
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ROGER DECOSTER ON PARENTHOOD–1993

In 1993, Roger and Kaarina brought Mika DeCoster into the world. He was Roger's third son, prompting a column in Dirt Bike where he reflected on parenthood and youth athletics. In the years that followed, Mika did, indeed, become a…
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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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