On This Day in Moto: July 6


Baldwin Motocross Park in Baldwin, Kansas, hosted a combined Inter-Am (250cc) and AMA National (125). Czechoslovakian CZ rider Jaroslav Falta went 1-2 and won the Inter-Am over Husqvarna rider Kent Howerton and Maico-backed Steve Stackable, who won the second moto. Can-Am's Jimmy Ellis topped the 125 Class, but second-place Marty Smith ended up as the first AMA 125 National Champion. Smith's Honda teammate Chuck Bower rounded out the top three.

And check out the caption on this Cycle News photo of the start of the Baldwin Inter-Am:

The Washougal National made its debut on the AMA Pro Motocross schedule, and local hero and Team Honda rider Chuck Sun mastered the 500 Class with 1-1 finishes to top Team Kawasaki's Goat Breker (2-2) and LOP Yamaha rider Marty Moates. 

The 125 Class win went to Mark "Bomber" Barnett over Yamaha's Broc Glover—the defending and three-time AMA 125 National Champion—and his Suzuki teammate Brian Myerscough.

It was another RedBud race, this time a combined 125/500 National. Team Honda's Rick Johnson took the overall win in the 500 Class with 4-1 moto scores. His teammate David Bailey was second with a 2-3, and Kawasaki's Ron Lechien was third with 5-4 scores. Johnny O'Mara won the first moto on his CR500 Honda, but slipped to eighth the second time out. 

The fourth member of Team Honda, Micky Dymond, captured the 125 National win as he marched toward that title, with local hero and Yamaha factory rider Keith Bowen second and Suzuki's George Holland third. Dymond went 1-2 while Bowen ran 6-1.

Yamaha riders Kevin Windham and John Dowd were the blue for RedBud's annual red, white, and blue holiday weekend, sweeping the 250 and 125 Nationals, respectively. Dowd went 2-1 to the 1-4 of Kawasaki's Jeff Emig, the defending AMA 250 National Champion. Chaparral Suzuki rider Jeremy McGrath was third overall. 

In the 125 Class, Windham topped Splitfire/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael, one of only two defeats Carmichael ever had in his career at the famous Michigan track. Third overall was the man that RC was about to depose as the 125 National Champion, Honda's Steve Lamson.


Fast-forward to July 6, 2003, and Carmichael was in the midst of an epic 21-race winning streak in the outdoor nationals, going back to the summer of 2001. He won RedBud on a Honda CR250 after dispatching the CRF450 of Factory Connection-backed Kevin Windham. But Washougal was on the horizon, and Windham would get his revenge.

In the 125 Class, Team Chevrolet Kawasaki's James Stewart demolished the field on his KX125, but having missed the first four rounds of the series with a broken collarbone, he was nowhere near the points lead. Red Bull KTM's Grant Langston was fourth, his teammate Ryan Hughes fifth, and Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Mike Brown was seventh, all battling for the points lead.  

James Stewart was in the midst of his perfect summer, going 1-1 on the factory Kawasaki KX450F.  Andrew Short would finish second on his factory Honda with 3-3 finishes while Suzuki-mounted Michael Byrne placed third overall with 4-4 scores. The runner-ups in each moto, Mike Alessi, and Tim Ferry, each failed to finish the other moto. Alessi, a Suzuki factory rider at the time, suffered this horrific crash...

In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto went 1-1 to top the 2-2 of GEICO Honda rider Trey Canard. Third was KTM rider Martin Davalos with 6-3 moto finishes.