Just happened to catch two of these programs the other night. Fantastic stories about these racers, their bikes and how the factory teams came about. It brought back memories of our first few dirt bikes in the early 70's.
The Honda 250, the Elsinore, Can Am, Hodoka
, Benelli (now worth $12,500?) http://www.bikesales.com.au/as/searc...D=3&modelID=67
, and a few more odd bikes I can't recall anymore. I had no idea of the history behind dirt bike racing nor the dirty deals going down behind the scenes. The one guy in the lead for the season had ALL his tires cut on ALL his bikes, just before the race. He used a wheel from I believe his street bike to finish the race and still won the Championship for the year, finishing in 9th place in that race to do so.
My very first time on a rented 125cc dirt bike was at MotoMecca in Pa., resulting in a very short run on the track and a day ending face plant not long after I got started.
I had erased the first recording, can't recall the mans name. His 4 time National Championship career ended when his foot got caught inside the rear wheel of another bike, at full speed. He then went on to become a Triathelon winner, three years later, without the use of his legs. What an inspirational story! If you get a chance, the program is really worth watching.