THE WEEKLY FEED: Roger DeCoster 1975 World Champ

A HISTORY LESSON: Roger DeCoster

Roger DeCoster epitomized classic motocross form and function. RD won 6 world championships for Suzuki, but in 1975 he ran number 2 since his rival Heikki Mikkola had captured the championship the year prior.  Suzuki had already been penalized in 1973 when the ruling body decided to make the teams meet a weight limit, and the Factory Suzuki was 30 pounds too lean! This was also the beginning of long travel machines and you can see multiple top shock mounts for his moved forward and laid down rear dampers. Too,  sound issues were just coming into play and you can see the gigantic rear silencer on the downpiped factory 370 Suzuki.

 

NEWS, VIEWS AND DROOL THAT WON’T STICK TO THE WALLS

Colton Haaker’s Factory HQV at the King of the Motos. The event kicked off with a night moto, where Colton finished behind Cody Webb. The GPS driven event has tested the riders ability to navigate and come up with lighting that will let them visualize the brutal terrain of the extreme race. Check out Colton’s lights-Slower speeds combined with off the charts technical sections make it crucial that the rider can see both ahead and to the sides while looking for lines.

 

FMF HAD A DECENT WEEKEND!!

 

GOD SPEED DICK MILLER

I lost a friend last week in Dick Miller, who was one of the early editors of Motocross Action Magazine. When I came on board at Dirt Bike in 1980, he and Super Hunky were legends. Dick took to me (most likely because he was a superb desert racer and I was decent at the Enduro thing) and during my first years he took me on the road to several big moto events and supercrosses. The man wouldn’t back down from Andre the Giant, drove like a madman, was a superb shooter and had the panache to befriend some of the best motocross racers of time. He will go down in history as the man who kick-started the USA’s dominance in the Motocross  des Nations when he fought with the AMA and the manufacturers to send a team. When it came down to money he helped raise the funds and talked with his friend Roger DeCoster about supporting the effort. The all-Honda Roger DeCoster managed USA team when on to win and start at near double decade trend. Rest in peace mi hermano.

Dick made the cover of Dirt Bike in October of 1974.

 

One of the best motocross shots ever taken- Bob Hannah, Unadilla USGP 1979, courtesy of Dick Miller.

 

 

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

Steward Baylor picked up where he left off last year by winning the opening round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series this weekend near Sumter, South Carolina. The Tely Racing KTM rider took care of business on the rough and sandy 60-mile course, winning three of six tests en route to an 18-second margin of victory over Josh Toth. Filmed & Edited by Rob Mitchell Films

 

This vid from New Zealand is from their Nutbuster Enduro and  is a bit long but man does it have some freakin’ incredible terrain and features ever facet of off-road thrown into a crock pot and ladled over some brutal landscape. We wanna go!

 

 

SOCIALLY PALATABLE

Jaak Van Velthoven hammering his YZ250. I always loved Jaak, super tall and always looking for a way to make the ergos of his machine fit his body.

 

 

Russ Darnell, I went to his Motocross school in the mid 70s. Check out his goggs!

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This shot came in the sand wash behind our office, with Magic Mountain in the background.We had a sand track and a nice woods loop where we could test and shoot. This was circa ’09 or ’10, and Boothy shot me ripping the river. Big fun.

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