We didn’t have to look far to find Steve Lamson, one of America’s all-time great 125cc riders: He was at the Loose Moose last Friday night in Toronto, enjoying the crowd at the Racer X Canada and talking supercross and old school. Lammy was in town for his expanded role as manager of the MDK Motorsports Honda team, where he keeps an eye on Nick Wey and David Vuillemin while also looking out for up-and-coming talent.
Steve Lamson today photo: Steve Bruhn
Steve Lamson today
photo: Steve Bruhn
Lamson’s effort on that big air-cooled bike earned him the attention of Mitch Payton, who was just putting together the first Peak/Pro Circuit Honda team. Lamson was invited to join Brian Swink, Jeromy Buehl and a kid named Jeremy McGrath on one of the most talented 125cc teams of all time. Strangely enough, Lamson was the only one of the quartet not to win a supercross main event, and he soon moved on to Suzuki, and from there to Team Honda.
And while he may not have done better than those three in supercross, he did win more outdoor nationals than all three of them put together. By the time he was done, Lamson had 21 outdoor wins and a pair of AMA National MX Championships to his credit. Only Mark “the Bomber” Barnett had more—until Ricky Carmichael and then James Stewart came along.
Lamson in 2000 photo: Simon Cudby
Lamson in 2000
photo: Simon Cudby
But the sweetest win of all for the kid from Pollock Pine might have come after his factory day were over: Riding a Troy Lee Designs-backed Honda CR125, he beat all of the factory guys at the Hangtown National in 2000. It was his last, best win, and it came in front of a hometown crowd. Well done, Lammy!