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Wardy’s Second

Jeff of Newport Beach, Calif. up his No. 1 plate after clinching the AMA Championship at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 5, 2006. It marked the AMA Supermoto Championship for Ward. Lawrence photo)

15 Minutes All Hell Breaks Loose

I can’t believe I came this photo. This is Road, maybe 1990, Hall (60) leading Suzuki teammate Mike and coming up fast is Mike (65) on a bike he borrowed a novice racer on the spur of the About 15 minutes after photo was taken all hell loose in the pits.

Harth, who had been protested by Smith I Smith said the decision up to him. The novice rider borrowed the bike from had to the next morning, had a long way to and couldn’t stay to get his bike down. Harth was furious being protested. This was Suzuki money he’d lost.

What he did next has part of WERA racing and I will tell the tale soon.

Monster Energy Season Preview Show to Air on CBS Sports

(News Release)

Legends McGrath, Carmichael, and Stanton Breakdown the Most Season Ever

AURORA . (December 23, 2010) – The Monster AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, preview show will air Sunday, December 26 at 5:00 EST on CBS Sports, featuring a new format. The new features an expert panel 16 AMA Supercross class championships.

  McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Emig and Jeff Stanton, provide their analysis of the 2011 Monster Energy season.

The one-hour preview which will lead out of CBS Sports NFL coverage, will fans through the highly story lines that are as the 2011 season closes in on the drop of Anaheim 1 Saturday, 8.

“We look forward to once showcasing the best of Monster AMA Supercross on CBS Sports in 2011,” Rob Correa, Executive Vice Programming, CBS Sports. “We have a history with this sport and the up-coming season to be one of the most anticipated in years.”

To what’s being called the season in the sport’s history, the panel will breakdown the 2011 coming season and the excitement that fans can forward to from season in Anaheim to the season finale in Las Defending AMA Supercross class Ryan Dungey will his title defense against the deepest field of riders in history.

McGrath, who is the all-time winningest in supercross history with titles and 72 main event says he can’t remember a with a field this

“This is possibly the deepest in the sport’s history,” said “There has not been a season in a time where so many riders have the potential to I can’t wait to get this started.”

Stanton, a two-time AMA class champion, has high for the 2011 season.

“There are so questions marks this because you don’t know who step up and rise to the challenge,” Stanton. “There is a lot of uncertainty and makes for a great season of Personally, I hope that young guys, like Canard or Jake Weimer, the veterans. Last year, proved he is a champion.

Reed and are both champions and when you add in the of the field, it’s exciting to see how it will all unfold. The season show will give an in-depth look at what amazing season has in store for all of

Five-time AMA Supercross class Carmichael says that the chase in 2011 is wide because anyone can win.

season could closely to the 2005 season, but I believe one could edge it out if everyone healthy just because are more guys that a chance to actually win straight up and not of a technicality,” said Carmichael, who won the AMA Supercross class championship, was billed as the perfect storm.

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Future Supercross and Motocross will battle for points and at 2011 AMA Racing Pro/Am

(News Release)

PICKERINGTON, — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the 2010 AMA Pro/Am motocross schedule. events are where dreams for amateur racers, and where earn the credentials to line up at an AMA or AMA Pro Racing Motocross event.

Pro/Am competitors race at premier tracks for the points, money and contingency that help them get to the next said AMA Director of Racing Joe “This year’s schedule is one of the with 53 events at some of the most challenging race and staged by the sport’s top promoters and This schedule will no help prepare the fastest motocross racers on the planet for the pro

A highlight of the 2010 calendar is the Florida motocross facility, Promoted by Unlimited Sports, the will host the first and rounds of the schedule.

“Pro/am are hungry, not just for the points to get pro license, but for race wins,” Wyn Kern of Unlimited Sports. many of these kids, need to excel to keep dreams alive. This an unmatched competitive atmosphere and an on-track show for the fans of the The AMA Racing Pro/Am events are two on our schedule, and we’re looking to two stellar events.”

AMA Director of Kevin Crowther added the AMA Racing Pro/Am schedule and process has contributed significantly to the and readiness of incoming AMA Supercross

“The AMA Racing Pro/Am is critical to the natural progression of a through the amateur ranks of AMA motocross all the way up to getting their AMA license,” Crowther said. “We are to see such a strong schedule for The program gets stronger year and makes our job of licensing new Supercross and Motocross riders more rewarding.”

AMA Racing motocross events are open to professionally licensed and A-class motocross racers. The events amateurs to gain experience on top tracks and prepare for the fast and long motos that racing demands.

To be considered for a professional motocross competitors must have at least 75 advancement points (at the of application) in AMA Racing Pro/Am events in a continuous 12-month Points are based on overall in either the 250 Pro/Am and Open classes. Points from class are not combined.

Memories of

One of the iconic landmarks of Meadowdale was its Gasoline grain silo near one of the main entrances to the In 2006 you could barely the sponsorship logo on the weathered old (Larry Lawrence photo)

vintage aficionados consider the 1960s as one of the most interesting in American road racing. track dominated the professional scene in this country and in the after World War II. Daytona and were typically the only races.

The was a bit of an anomaly in the mid-1950s road racing had a surge at like Dodge City (an course) and Windber, Pa. (a city and Torrey Pines, Calif. (an Army base and now site of a golf course), but through the ‘50s it was back to just and Laconia.

Sports car enthusiasts building road race at a rapid rate in the late and early ’60 and a growing grassroots road racing scene, led the AMA to increase it national road schedule in the 1960s. One of the most circuits to host AMA Road Nationals in the 1960s was Meadowdale Raceway in Carpentersville, Ill. an hour northwest of Chicago.

made 2.5-mile Meadowdale course unique from road race circuits was the infamous Monza Wall. The Wall was inspired by the famous circuits Wall turn. Monza turn was steep and it got the higher you went.

Coming out of the Wall led to the front straight large grandstands on the outside of the and a four-story scoring and announcing over looking the pits. The was complete with covered with second story viewing area on top, all in wood.

Anyone who talks Meadowdale talks about the Wall. Jody Nicholas, who won the AMA national at the track in 1963, “If you went all the way to the top [of the Wall] you rode perpendicular to the ground. The radius of the was about equivalent to what expect on a mile track so it was tighter and seemed steeper Daytona.

It was very likely the first any of these riders had ridden a turn. The Daytona races to the Speedway in 1961, but the banking used there until Meadowdale probably played a in convincing AMA officials that on banking was at least workable them the confidence to go ahead it at Daytona.

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With its high-banked and three-quarter mile long straight Meadowdale, built in was a very fast circuit, the motorcycles averaging over 80 mph on the motorcycle course (the had other configurations going up to 3.3 during the 150-mile nationals.

circle photo after win by a Yamaha in AMA national competition – Meadowdale 100 mile AMA 250cc Left to right: Pat Gardiner, student and fraternity member of at the University of the South, Jody John DiSimone, mechanic and Tom AMA official. “I felt sort of Nicolas said. “That two-… was so fast compared to the Sprints. Nixon and Roeder on Sprints and I just walked from them.” (Nicholas

Looking at Meadowdale’s Monza for the first time left scratching their heads.

“It was a hard track to figure said Dick Mann, a national winner at Meadowdale. we first went to the track we at the Wall and didn’t want to on it. A lot of riders stayed near the in the first couple practice but eventually we got up the nerve to ride up and found it was a much faster You’d ride about to three-quarters up the Wall and your suspension would be completely from the G force.”

The other thing about that era in racing was the diversity of motorcycles. You had KRs, BSA Gold Stars, 500 Twins, Matchless G50s and a few brands such as Norton. All allowed European style for the first time in 1963.

teams went with others continued without

The diversity was even more in the 250 class, which now ran at all road nationals. There you had the new Aermacchi-built Sprint CRTT, Ducati Honda 250 Hawk, Yamaha TD1 and Bultaco, Montesa and Parilla 250 Yamaha was eager to give TD1 a strong introduction into racing and it came along in time for the new road race that were now hosting AMA

Some of the top racers were $500 per weekend just to the Yamaha in the 250 class.

Nicholas was hot into the Meadowdale debut in He’d won Laconia in June and was one of the favorites at Meadowdale. Unbeknownst to but Nicholas he’d seriously his shoulder in a regional cushion flat track in Marion, a couple of weeks before

He could barely lift his arm at all, but fortunately the BSA and the Yamaha ride in the National and 250 races had low clip-on bars.

“I could get my arm up to put it on the bars and once I did that I was Nicholas remembers. “I lived in at the time and BSA paid me 100 dollars, was worth a lot more then it is now, to transport the BSAs Nutley, New Jersey, to Chicago Joe DiSimone, a dealer outside of was helping me and he’d arranged for me to that Yamaha TD1A.”

won the 250 race on the TD1A that day at becoming the first rider to win a 250 on a Yamaha. “I felt sort of Nicolas said. “That two-… was so fast compared to the Sprints. [Gary] Nixon and Roeder were on Sprints and I walked away from

In the 150-Mile National Nicholas have it so easy. Riding the BSA, he battled Dick riding a Harley KR with a fairing. The two battled wheel to most of the way with Nicolas running the under-geared BSA up to 120 mph, the motor past redline to rpm in Hammer’s draft.

The high-speed took its toll on fuel Nicholas had to pit for fuel. “That BSA had a five-gallon tank versus the big hand fabricated eight tanks,” he explained. “That pit cost me about 30 seconds and I chipping away at Dick’s and I had it down to about 13 seconds a few laps to go, but he had me covered.”

But the race took a sudden when Hammer ran off the track two laps to go. His Harley suffered a rear tire. He pulled in the but his crew waved him on and he limped to second slithering around a completely flat tire.

of the old Meadowdale racing surface in 2006. (Larry Lawrence

Nicholas’ double marked the time a rider won both the and 250 race on the same weekend.

The race lasted for two more Mann won both the 1964 and ‘65 on Matchless racers. In ’64 Hammer had it won a shift lever broke. In ’65 luck was with Mann

Roeder was leading with a lead until his bike sputtering on the final lap. turns from the checkered Roeder’s Harley rolled to a and Mann zoomed by to win the final held at Meadowdale.

By the mid-1960s were not going well with the circuit. An unpaid smashed his bulldozer through a in the middle of an SCCA race. 10 years after the track was it fell into disrepair and for good in 1969. Today grounds are a forest preserve and remnants of the original pavement exist.

Walking the grounds you can make out the course and some posts remain. The Monza was leveled years ago and little of the remains, expect for an old landmark – a silo with a faded Gasoline logo painted on the

Meadowdale will always be by those fearless riders who its steep Monza Wall. like Meadowdale helped along the trend of European-style racing in America. The sport gained momentum, which led to a separate AMA national road championship by 1976.

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