Hello, race fans! Welcome to the Number Cruncher, brought to you by
Shift MX. Coming at you this week is a number that we believe you will
find very interesting: #14. Now, what is the first name that pops into
your head when you think of that? Kevin Windham, right? Now try to
think of another. Not so easy, huh?
We dug deep into the archives this week and discovered that some great names have raced and won with the #14—it is actually one of the most diverse motocross numbers. By diverse, I mean a couple of things: On one hand, some of these cats were diverse in their riding abilities, while most of these guys wore #14 on several different brands. Oddly enough, while the number is packed with talent, it has been ridden to very few titles—none in AMA motocross or supercross that we can think of!
Wow, this is the earliest #14 we could find: Marty Tripes on his way to the 1972 Superbowl of Motocross win. As we reported a few weeks back on Eric Johnson’s Great Races, Tripes was barely 16 when he won the first U.S. supercross.
By the way, Brooks isn’t the only team manager to wear #14. Mike Fisher, now the Kawasaki boss, ran the number back in the early 1990s when he was a top-five supercrosser himself—on a white KTM!
But since his return, he’s the old Kevin Windham again—fast, smiling, and full of grace on a motorcycle. He hasn’t won a championship, but then again, not a lot of guys have in this era. It’s just great to see #14 still out there.
Okay, that’s it for #14. Surely we missed some folks, but like I said, it’s a very diverse number.