Friday, September 29, 2017


Rider introductions at the 1978 Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (from left to right): Yamaha’s Bob Hannah, Honda’s Marty Smith, Marty Tripes & Jimmy Ellis, Suzuki’s Tony Distefano & Kent Howerton. 
Smith was America's first motocross hero, the first AMA 125cc National Champion. Idloized by kids across the the entire United States of America, Smith would also win a 500cc AMA title. Hannah would race on to become the first supercross superstar, winning the championship three times. Tripes won the very first true supercross race which was held at the L.A. Colseum a few years prior. Ellis was one of the very first AMA Supercross Champions. Distefano and Howerton were both multifold AMA motocross champions.

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