Not to take anything away from Marty Moates, but...
I guess Marty Tripes who won the 250 class in 1978 doesn't count?
The Flying Burrito, as he was called in those days before political correctness, trained with Joel Robert in Europe, did well over there, and yes, won the U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross in 1978. Many, including Bob Hannah, consider the big man the most gifted American rider ever.
Unfortunately, his refusal to play the political game (Honda doesn't appreciate when you put your team logo over the Honda logo on the tank even when you win the moto) and his inability to control his appetite made his career all too short.
Lets recall that Moates' big win came at a time when it was suspect if Americans could consistently win at Motocross OR Road Racing on the world stage.
Moates broke the barrier on the dirt, Cal & Kenny on the asphalt.
What a sad end. Why hasn't the bike racing community come up with a more systematic way of financially assisting former racers who have serious health issues arising from their glory years. Wins on Sunday, Sells on Monday! MIC, where ARE you???
God I hope you're not gonna start your idiot like "there is no global warming" argument. That's as dumb as seruazawa's cruiser can stop faster or velocity is not important in calculating the energy in a crash rant. Or longrides justification for the Iraq war. Hey longride I think you are the only stubborn jerk left in America that thinks the Iraq war was a great thing... Of course in 2 months you will deny that and deny voting for W.
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