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Mike Brown's 2001 Kawasaki KX125 for the Motocross of Nations - Simon Cudby Photo
Team USA 2001 woke up on the morning of September 11 with Motocross of Nations prep on their minds. Then they turned on radios and televisions, or answered ringing telephones.
EP. #14 Team USA 1981
Team USA was going to skip the 1981 Trophée and Motocross des Nations. Instead they bake-saled their way to Europe and shocked the world by winning, not one, but both of the events.
On Any Sunday: Mert, Malcolm and McQueen on the sand dunes
Fifty years after its release, Bruce Brown's motorcycle documentary continues to influence. From Malcolm to Masterson, this is a collection of stories from people whose lives were never the same after watching "On Any Sunday". Print Version
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Fifty years after its release, Bruce Brown's motorcycle documentary continues to influence. From Malcolm to Masterson, this is a collection of stories from people whose lives were never the same after watching "On Any Sunday"
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All-time AMA SX/MX Race Leaders Chart
Chad Reed isn't lining up in 2021. It's over but he's forever an Ironman of Moto. At 386 AMA SX/MX starts alone, Reed sits 4th on the all-time race list.
Podcast Lead Photo - Modem Killer
They told him not to. But when rookie James Stewart committed to jumping LaRocco's Leap on a 125, Jeff Kardas knew where to point the camera. Podcast version of "Modem Killer: James Stewart vs. LaRocco's Leap"
James Stewart on LaRocco's Leap, 2002
They told him not to. But when 16-year-old rookie James Stewart committed to jumping LaRocco's Leap on his 125, Jeff Kardas knew where to point the camera. That instinct changed his life.
Was the PW50 your first bike? It was for me! "Little Giant" celebrates the life and legacy of this iconic motorcycle, which turned 40 in 2020. It may have aged but it hasn't grown up. The Yamaha PW50 is a familiar piece of our childhood that we're passing along to our own kids.
Was the PW50 your first bike? It was for me! "Little Giant: The PW50 Story" celebrates the life and legacy of this iconic motorcycle, which turned 40 in 2020. It may have aged but it hasn't grown up. The Yamaha PW50 is a familiar piece of our childhood that we're passing along to our own kids.
The gruesome story behind the 1995 Doug Henry crash where he shot to the moon but fell from the sky at the 1995 Budds Creek National.
June 3, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Danny Hamel's death. He's been gone longer than he lived but, known as The Best There Was, his legacy remains strong.
Ryan Hughes, 1995
It's rare when the loser gets the magazine cover, steals the spotlight and becomes a legend. Ryan Hughes did all three on…
In 1972, Terry Pratt put his life in America on pause to spend 6 months following the MXGP season. 35 years later he published "Grand Prix Motocross: The 1972 Championship season". Pratt died before he could finish selling his masterpiece but he left behind a trail of paperwork and friends and a story that needed to be told. Pratt is one of the unsung heroes of the motorcycle industry, whose contributions are still being realized.
The Great Cessation is an extraordinary period of our lives and I wanted to document it somehow. I asked a handful of riders six questions (some serious, some irreverent) related to the coronavirus pandemic.
More than a third of all supercross winners won one main event in their career. These are the quirky stories behind 10 "One Hit Wonders". PODCAST VERSION.
The untold story behind the day Paul Buckley messed up but captured one of the greatest photos in motocross history and Erik Kehoe shot himself to the moon. PODCAST VERSION
More than a third of all supercross winners only won a single main event in their career (premier class). Here's the quirky stories behind 10 of those "One Hit Wonders".
In 2020, Ricky Carmichael started his second season as the primary analyst for Monster Energy Supercross on NBC Sports. It's a position he not only didn't expect to hold, but originally didn't want. Now 40, The GOAT opens up about life after racing and striving for success in each new chapter of his life.
In 2020, Ricky Carmichael enters his second season as the primary analyst for Monster Energy Supercross on NBC Sports. It's a position he not only didn't expect to hold, but originally didn't want. Now 40, The GOAT opens up about life after racing and striving for success in each new chapter of his life.
David Lack left his spot on the bench. On November 29, Lack died after a long battle with kidney cancer. He left behind Susan, his wife of 35 years, three sisters, a brother and 3,363 devoted followers on Instagram. He was 64.
Carlsbad 1984 – Dave Dewhurst Photo
Don't have 30 minutes to sit and read the Ron Lechien story? I'll read it to you! This is the audio version…
In Corona, CA there's a supercross legend who never rode a single lap and hasn't attended a race since 1992. But he made perhaps the biggest contribution of all to the sport: he gave the teams a place to ride.
In 1972, Terry Pratt put his life in America on pause to spend 6 months following the MXGP season. 35 years later he published "Grand Prix Motocross: The 1972 Championship season". Pratt died before he could finish selling his masterpiece but he left behind a trail of paperwork and friends and a story that needed to be told. Pratt is one of the unsung heroes of the motorcycle industry, whose contributions are still being realized.
Ronnie Lechien 1985 – Dave Dewhurst Photo
Ron Lechien deserves a spot in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. With voting for the class of 2019 beginning this month, We Went Fast makes the case for Lechien, aka "The Machine", aka "The Dogger". This profile focuses on his talent, accomplishments and especially the magical year of 1983 when the 16-year-old kid from El Cajon regularly beat the best.
Nobody cared how you looked at The Dam. Nobody cared if your bike had all the parts and pieces attached. Bruce Hawes and Doug Henry chat between motos - Photo courtesy Hawes
The story behind how a New England rock quarry shaped the career of Doug Henry, a three-time Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member.
A mother's love, an athlete's quest. The untold story of how Austin Forkner came into the world and his mother's journey to bring him here. Read by the author, Brett Smith
Julie Forkner prefers to spectate alone. But first, a simple ritual: before her son, Austin, climbs on his motorcycle, she gives him…
1994 Anaheim Supercross. Photo by Davey Coombs
The untold story behind how Jeremy McGrath rescued a BMX trick from obscurity and brought it to Supercross.
Do you remember the first time you rode a motorcycle? Your first bike? That magical moment became a lifetime memory. Kids today…
With a garage full of motorcycles, helmets, sketches, drawings, Post-It notes, and projects in various stages, it’s clear that Drake McElroy is…
If you don’t already have a nickname, Ernesto Fonseca will give you one. In some cases, two are required. Nicknames are more…
Larry 'Motor Mouth' Huffman narrates the audio version of The Ballad of Big Dave. Didn't have 30 minutes to read the article when it…
Ryan Hughes_Steel City 1995_Steve Milbertson
Wyatt Seals needed to borrow a chain. The story behind why he needed a chain is slightly different from the one his…
Blackwater 100 Dave Coombs Sr. Riders' Meeting
When opening ceremonies were complete, after the national anthem was sung and the riders’ names and sponsors were announced over the P.A.…
Loretta Lynn and Big Dave Coombs
In the early eighties, a trio of motorcycle racing promoters from Ohio and West Virginia were looking for a facility. A country…
Kawasaki win ad from Jeff Matiasevich's 1990 Las Vegas Supercross victory
Holding his left shoulder, Jeff Matiasevich lay in an emergency room bed at a Corona, CA hospital. The thoughts running through his…
They saw it coming. They must have. With six motorcycles racing together at more than 90 miles per hour on wooden circle…
Chad Reed autographs, Tampa Supercross 2018
Listen up. No, seriously. I had some people make this request and I thought it was a good idea. So, here's an…
John Van Den Berk at the 1989 Unadilla 250 USGP
“You couldn’t take this photo today because they wouldn’t let anyone get that close to the track." -- Mike Sweeney referencing his…
Chad Reed: Anaheim 2018
The checkered flag stopped waving an hour ago but in a grassy parking lot in Tampa a crowd was still growing, Coors…
Kenneth Olausson's photo of Gérard Lédormeur losing his steed in 1967
The best part of the story might be that 19-year-old Kenneth Olausson had to wait more than two weeks to realize he’d…
Jeremy McGrath Vitruvian Man
An in-depth analysis of the 1996 St. Louis Supercross, the day Jeremy McGrath didn't win. Written for META.
It was 44 years ago but the most distinct memory Holland's Pierre Karsmakers has about the 1974 Daytona Supercross was not getting…
It's been 20 years since I wrote my first local events articles for Cycle News. I remember writing about (and photographing) Josh Woods sweeping…
Paul Buckley Photo
Paul Buckley messed up. He should have been at the finish line. Yet, if he had been paying attention, the photograph above…
Brett Smith: Baja Acres 1985
I told myself I was launching on my birthday, ready or not. It's March 7. Here we are. Welcome to We Went…
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