It is announced that Team Honda's Marty Tripes will not be re-signing with Team Honda and that he would also be missing the final AMA Supercross of the season, which was set to take place at Anaheim on November 11. Tripes would soon be signing with Team Yamaha. He also somehow ended up on the covers of both the October '79 and December '79 issue covers of Motocross Action. Both covers were shot by our longtime friend and contributor Tom Riles.
Yamaha celebrates their minicycle/amateur prodigy Eddie Hicks' domination of the Trans-Cal Series, where the 15-year-old sweeps the first three rounds on a YZ80 and a YZ125.
Kawasaki's new recruit Larry Wosick wraps up the last Support class overall win in the 1979 Trans-USA Series at Sears Point aboard a Kawasaki Uni-Trak. The NorCal product will get more factory support for the 1980 AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross season.
In the International class Yamaha's Mike Bell gets the last win of the series with 1-1 scores but Suzuki's Kent Howerton will claim the title by ten points (201-191). Darrell Shultz was second overall in that last round but Howerton's third sealed the title for the Rhinestone Cowboy.
At last year's Red Bull Straight Rhythm at the Pomona Fairgrounds, Shane McElrath bettered Sean Cantrell to win the 250 class, Marvin Musquin topped Josh Hansen in the Open class finals, and Gared Steinke bettered Ronnie Mac in the Two-Stroke division.