Bench Racers Christmas:  Forty years of  AMA Motocross Records

Bench Racers Christmas: Forty years of AMA Motocross Records

Who won the 1974 Hangtown Classic? Who got 15th at the 1980 Washougal 500 National? What happened to Bob Hannah in 1978? How many races did Ricky Carmichael actually lose?

Racer X Illustrated is proud to offer a glimpse at the beta release of our new Racer X Vault, which is an exhaustive archive that will feature records, results and final standings going back as far as recorded history allows. With the help of moto historians Larry Lawrence and MX Sports Pro Racing's Nick McCabe, we have compiled all of the top-twenty finishers in every AMA Motocross National since the series began back on April 16, 1972, right outside of Atlanta, Georgia, up through the final motos of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

“Bench racers and students of the sport can use this search engine to find out about the history of AMA Motocross, going back to the days of Gary Jones, Barry Higgins, Gunnar Lindstrom, Brad Lackey and more,” said Davey Coombs, the founder of Racer X Illustrated and Racer X Online. “It's still a work-in-progress, and we are soon to add the complete results from Monster Energy Supercross, which also goes back to the early seventies, plus Team USA's history at the Motocross and Trophee des Nations, as well as results and standings from nearly-forgotten series like the Trans-AMA and Inter-Am tours.”

The Racer X Vault archive not only includes top-twenty results and point standings from the 125, 250 and 500 Nationals, but it also includes a brief history of each season, which we began compiling for last year's 40-Day Countdown to the 40th Year of AMA Pro Motocross.

“Again, it's a work in progress, and we still have some kinks to sort out,” added Coombs. “But soon you will see galleries of all of the past champions, a video gallery of highlights of races run long ago, and even a program cover collection. It should be a lot of fun for folks who like to look back at the history of our sport.”

To begin browsing through the Racer X Vault, click here.

Merry Christmas to everyone from Racer X Illustrated.