On This Day In Moto: July 1


Monster Energy Kawasaki’s went 1-1 at the Rockford Fosgate RedBud National to reclaim the points lead over Blake Baggett. After battling Tomac for the win in the first moto down the stretch, Baggett tangled with Jason Anderson early in the second moto and injured his thumb. The injury would affect him the remainder of the season. Anderson finished second with 4-2 moto scores. Marvin Musquin finished third overall.

Zach Osborne and Jeremy Martin traded moto wins, with Osborne taking the overall with 2-1 motos. Martin finished third overall after crashing off the start in the second moto and finishing eighth. Jeremy’s older brother, Alex finished second overall with 3-3 scores. Michigan native Mitchell Harrison finished a career-high second in moto two to take fourth overall.

RedBud hosted round five of the AMA Motocross Championship and it was Ricky Carmichael taking the overall win. RC, who was racing a part-time schedule in his last year as a professional, finished 2-1 on the day to clip James Stewart’s 1-2. Mike Alessi finished third overall with 3-3 scores.

In the MX Lites Class, Ryan Villopoto sweep both motos to claim the overall over Ben Townley’s 2-2. Josh Grant finished third overall ahead of Jason Lawrence and Jake Weimer.

Marty Tripes scored the 250 win over Bob Hannah and Steve Wise at RedBud. In the 500 Class, it was Danny Laporte taking the win despite not winning a moto. His 2-2 scores beat out Rick Burgett’s 1-5 and Mike Bell’s 6-1.

Also in 1979, homeland hero Graham "Rolls" Noyce wins the British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle, Great Britain, with 2-1 scores to top U.S. Kawasaki rider "Bad" Brad Lackey's 1-4 moto scores. Third on the day with a 3-3 tally was Suzuki's Roger DeCoster, the five-time 500cc World Champion.

And in Finland the Dutch Maico rider Kees Van der Ven won the first Grand Prix of his epic career, taking the 250c GP at Hyvinkaa with 1-3 moto finishes. Russian rider Vladminir Kavinov was a close second with 2-2 moto scores. Van der Ven would eventually become the first rider ever to win a GP in all three major divisions of the time: 125, 250, 500. He would also be the last man to ever win a major race aboard a Maico, as well as the first man to a major race aboard a KTM in America (1982 Unadilla 250cc GP). And like Kavinov (and Sylvain Geboers and Andre Vromans and Jaroslav Falta and Josh Coppins) he would eventually be considered one of the best Grand Prix racers to never actually win a world title.

And how's this for a couple of signs of the times...

KTM was so far off the radar as far as being competitive on the AMA circuit that they ran a "win ad" in Cycle News for privateer Boo Stichter, based on his fifth-place finish RedBud and his fourth the previous weekend in his home state of Colorado....

And PDQ was a vitamins supplement specifically produced for motocross that many of the top riders were apparently taking at the time, according to this advertisement!