THE WEEKLY FEED: CLASSIC CARLSBAD • GOODBYE TO A HERO • PHOTO OF THE WEEK-COOPER ABBOTT

BLAST FROM THE PAST

In one of the biggest shockers in the motocross world, Team LOP’s Marty Moates blew away the field, an event that had never witnessed an American winner. In 1977 Jim Pomeroy became the first American to win a Moto at Carlsbad, a circuit dubbed ‘The Rock’. In June of 1980, two riders were in tightly contested battle to win the championship- Andre Malherbe and Brad Lackey. But it was a privateer rider on a Yamaha YZ465G who grabbed the holeshot and then fought off Yamaha’s Hakan Carlqvist and Suzuki’s Danny LaPorte. In Moto two he holeshot again, battled with  Lackey who ultimately crashed and won easily over Gerard Rond and Danny Laporte. Thanks Mark Kiel for the exquisite photo!

 

NEWS

RIP Jaroslav Falta

Sadly, we lost one of the top GP racers and early Supercross stars Jaroslav Falta.  Falta won the 1974 Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Coliseum aboard a CZ, he campaigned in the early Inter-Am Series here in the U.S., and was a top star in the  250cc World Championships. In 1974 he had the World Championship won (and fending off multiple attempts by Russian riders to crash him out of contention), only to later be penalized  for jumping the starting gate, which cost him the title.  Jaroslav Falta was 71 when he passed away.

 

CZ’s 1975 “Falta Replica”, named for their top motocross pilot.

 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Last weekends Grinding Stone Hard Enduro featured some incredible terrain as witnessed by FactoryOne Sherco’s Cooper Abbott. There is no doubt that this event was not for the feint of heart. Photo by Andrew Nguyen

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

I love this shot, it’s Saturday, Hangtown 1976. Racing in the Amateur open class aboard my Maico forked Yam 400. This was the Woodstock of moto out west and after the race we (my brothers and our buddy Carl) spent the night at a campground and it was a raging out of control party all around us. The next day was one of the greatest races I had ever witnessed when our local hero Bob Hannah crashed one on the first lap, while Marty Smith yanked a massive holeshot. Hannah was full nuclear and berserked through the field, caught and passed Marty and won easily.

 

 

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