BLAST FROM THE PAST
Danny LaPorte, Honda mounted led Team USA’s charge at the brutal Lommel, Belgium sand track for the 1981 Trophee des Nations. Few expected much from Team USA (LaPorte, O’Mara, Hansen, and Sun), not knowing that LaPorte grew up riding the deep sand tracks in the Coachella valley. He was the top placing American, followed by Johnny O and the foursome easily won the 250cc Trophee des Nations. The next week they lined top for the MX des Nations in Germany, with similar results. It started a charge that lasted years!
Lommel Trophee des Nations results
Overall Individual top-5
1. André Vromans (Belgium/Yamaha) 1-1
2. Danny LaPorte (USA/Honda) 3-2
3. Johnny O’Mara (USA/Honda) 2-3
4. Kees Van Der Ven ((Netherlands/) 6-4
5. Hank Van Mierlo (Netherlands/) 5-5
1. USA (LaPorte, O’Mara, Sun, Hansen) 20 points
2. Belgium (Vromans, Everts, Velkeneers, Geboers) 37
3. Netherlands (Ven Der Ven, Rond, Van Mierlo, Wilken) 52
4. Luxembourg (Martens, Van Velthoven, Van Gijsegem, Sterckx) 73
5. Sweden (Carlqvist, Nyberg, Hansen, Carlsson) 92
6. West Germany (Dieffenbach, Maish, Dreshler, Toffen) 96
THIS GUY WAS A MUTANT!
Multi-time ISDT Gold Medalist and superior human for doing it in on this aircraft carrier, the great Herbert Schek in 1966.
Day one at the Red Bull Romaniacs was a tad hair ball. That’s Billy Bolt at the wheel!
RED BULL ROMANIACS: IT’S ALL ABOUT NASTY
Ryan Koch doing some long term testing on our KX250X machine. We’ve made some mods including a larger Acerbis tank, a bunch of good protection from Enduro Engineering, an FMF Q4 muffler and new rubber from Dunlop. This machine rates highly with our test staff with handling and suspension being at the top of the chart. Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Dirt Bike.
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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY
Ah, testing the 1986 KTM 500. This baby was a brute, making serious beans. I never really got comfortable with the WP suspension having trouble finding the sweet spot of plush and just firm enough. Total control was just a slogan as big time HP, mated to handling woes and a new rear disc brake that faded quickly hampered this editors ability to make good things happen. Love the Alpine Star boots, Aussie ISDE team colors!