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Cycle News 2020 Issue 18 May 5

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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REMEMBERING MARTY SMITH P74 Feature F or those of us who were lucky enough to experience motocross in the 1970s, I'm guessing many of you would agree that it was the most exciting time ever to be a motocross fan, even to this day. I know it was for me, at least. Motocross in America was still new, fresh and growing fast. Motocross was exciting to watch and even more exciting to participate in. Motocross bikes were evolving by leaps and bounds seem- ingly month by month, not year by year. And, as the sport of motocross became more and more popu- lar, so did those who were exceptionally good at it. While there were many well-known motocross racers in America at the time, the sport was still looking for that one racer that MX fans, especially young ones, could relate to and really latch on to; someone who could also attract the attention and reel in those who did not know anything about the sport or those who had just a mild interest. The sport of motocross could use someone to help crank up its popularity a few more notches and per- Remembering a motocross legend, three-time AMA National Motocross Champion and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Marty Smith (Above) There was no mistaking Smith for anyone else in the motocross pits. (Right) Marty Smith scored national MX victories in three AMA Motocross classes (125, 250 and 500cc), as well as 250cc Supercross and Trans-AMA. He also won three 125cc GPs, including one in Europe. I BY KIT PALMER Marty Smith 1956-2020

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