THE WEEKLY FEED: SUPERCROSS AT THE COLISEUM AND ROCZEN UNPLUGS

 

 

A HISTORY LESSON: Jimmy Ellis: 1977 LA Superbowl of Motocross

 

In 1977 Bob Hannah was the man in Supercross, with brand new Factory Honda rider Jim Pomeroy being a major factor in the series. Jimmy Ellis, Factory Can-Am rider had won the Superbowl of Motocross the year before. The machine was in a state of evolution, morphing from the Black Widow model into the newer chassis and ergonomics. His bike has a handmade aluminum tank, it’s running leading axle forks and a new laid down rear shock arrangement. Jimmy would finish 6th at the event, he won Can-Am’s final SX race in Houston. DeCoster, in his shadow was in town for the Carlsbad GP and made an appearance at the L.A. Coliseum finishing 14th. Thank you Mark Kiel for the pic!!

 

NEWS, VIEWS AND REDUNDANT MINUTIAE

 

Ken Roczen let his emotions run amok at the San Diego SX when his ongoing-on and off the course  battles with Cooper Webb led to an ugly end. A huge first turn crash where Ken got slammed from the back, which punched him into Eli Tomac took out a big chunk of the field.  Ken remounted and was immediately parked by Cooper Webb, who was also in the first turn carnage. Ken, who has had a feud with Webb via social media (personal issues between the two, followed by Webb’s blatant opening round whip in Roczen’s face, followed by a huge block pass) had Roczen losing his composure and attempt a retaliatory move. He ended up losing control and launched his bike into Webb, then got his arm stuck in Webb’s swingarm. It chewed up KR’s arm, broke his hand and now he’s out of the Supercross picture.

 

 

RACE A HUSKY IN GNNC’S AND MAKE MONEY!

 

ISSUE #1 OF THE FIRST MAGAZINE DEDICATE TO DIRTY BIKE RIDER!

Jim Connolly and Whitey Martino grace the cover of the magazine that helped shape the face of the dirt bike world.

 

 

SOCIALIZED DIRT LUBE

 

 

 

Jaak, Hakan and Ake testing the Factory Yamaha’s in 1974. Notice Ake’s tank, it’s smashed flat in the front to accept the Maico forks (check out the external springs, he was testing without fork boots) he fit onto his steed.

 

 

Like my friend Jerry Bernardo says, “More whiskey and fresh bikes for my friends!”

 

FROM MY GARAGE WALL

My little brother Tip Webb, 1987 IT200 testing in Gorman.

 

Danny LaPorte, a true friend and a magician on a dirt bike.

 

 

 

1982 National Enduro standings- TC blistered it, Twebb finished 15th!

 

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

To this day one of my favorite machines I have ever parked my caboose on was the 1984 Husky WR400. Newly water-cooled, it made nearly perfect off-road power. In the tight stuff it would throttle down and chug, it was decent in more open terrain but really catered to the technical terrain. She was wide through the twin ITC Ohlins shocks, the brakes were completely average and the fork was plush, but hated fast, big hits. But boy this sucker would yank a drooling idiot up a waterfall with the only body part touching the machine being your visor, which was hooked on the crossbar. By the way, that’s what it did for me many times.

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