Last Friday, longtime Dunlop tire technician Les Washbon passed away. He was 54.
During the 1980s, Washbon competed professionally in AMA Pro Flat Track until his retirement in 1995. He later began work at Dunlop, where he has remained for the past fifteen years.
Everyone at Racer X sends their condolences to Washbon’s friends and family at this time.
For more information, please read the official release from AMA Pro Racing below.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - AMA Pro Racing is deeply saddened by the passing of Les Washbon. Washbon was a longtime Dunlop Tire Technician who worked very closely with AMA Pro Flat Track officials as well as several other motorcycle racing disciplines during event weekends over the course of his 15 year tenure with Dunlop.
Washbon also competed professionally in AMA Pro Flat Track from the early 1980's until his retirement from racing in 1995. Washbon wore the National No. 90.
"Les was a racer through and through," said Mike Buckley, Dunlop Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Research and Development. "He was a dedicated colleague and an integral part of Dunlop's racing success for many years. He will be missed by the racing community, and the entire Dunlop family."
"He was a great guy," said ex-Dunlop engineer Jim Allen. "He was a hard working guy who loved being involved in any form of motorcycle racing. Above all, Les felt his first job at any race was to look out for the safety and well-being of any rider assigned to his care. He will be missed."
Washbon passed away on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at the age of 54. His obituary can be found by clicking here. A Facebook page has been created in dedication to providing details of a future celebration of Washbon's life. The Facebook page will be updated periodically and can be found by clicking here.