After injuries began to take their toll on Tony he decided to retire from competition after the 1981 season. He continued his involvement in the sport by starting his own riding schools for young up and coming riders. In 1988, while practicing at a track in New Jersey, DiStefano crashed, broke his back, and became paralyzed. He continues to this day to teach motocross schools. For more information, visit www.tonydmxschool.com
February 2: Loretta Lynn alumni, Jonathan Moore
February 2: Founder and President of Beach Sportcycles Yamaha (BSY), George Buffaloe Sr.
February 2: One of the most controversial riders of the decade has to be Tyler Evans.
February 2: FMX rider Matt Buyten
February 2: Happy 60th birthday goes out to KTM’s Selvaraj Narayana.
February 2: If you have been to an outdoor national or supercross in the last 20 years then I’m sure you have heard the voice of Erv Braun. Braun is a huge motorcycle enthusiast and is currently an announcer for Feld Motor Sports.
February 3: Motosport Outlet’s Scot Helgeson
February 3: GNCC competitor, Daniel Vanderpool
February 4: Happy birthday to Racer X’s Scott Wallenberg’s son, Kyle.
February 4: K&N Filter’s Johnny Jump.
February 5: Doug Riipinen started out as an independent sales rep in Minnesota and worked his way to a top regional manager for Yamaha. Now, Riipinen is the National Sales Manager at Western Powersports.
February 5: Thor’s Emily Orr
February 5: Happy 17th birthday, Kalie Van Vickle.
February 6: SX floor announcer and former Miss Arenacross, Ashley Phillips.
Travis Preston was given the chance to get back into a factory rig when James Stewart had to sit out the supercross season. His results were good enough to secure a ride with the Muscle Milk/MDK/ KTM team for 2009.
February 6: Robin Janson has devoted her life to the motocross community.
February 7: PAMX rider Reed Chapman
February 8: Ghost Unit MX's Brian Shuckhart
February 8: Ohio pro-am racer Matt Barnes
February 8: Rich Taylor was a top privateer in the late eighties and a top 10 regular on the circuit. Last year, Taylor started a new goggle company: The X Brand. Check out www.thexbrand.com. The longtime test rider may also have more Dirt Rider magazine covers than anyone!
February 8: Dusty Klatt is one of the most talented riders Canada has ever produced. He took the top spot in the Canadian Nationals from Jean-Sebastien Roy in 2006, and has spent the last couple of years racing here in the states.