Legends of Motocross

Steve wise

Steve Wise: Why was Steve Wise first on my legends page? Because he is a good Christian and has a Christian Ministry. After retiring from racing, Wise went on to Bible College and became an ordained minister. He later followed in his father’s footsteps and started a real estate investment company. He is a frequent featured speaker at various Christian meetings. Wise had three children with his high school sweetheart Sandra.

Wise took his first AMA national victory aboard a Jim Strait-tuned Honda CR125 at the national in Keysers Ridge, Maryland. He earned the distinction of being the first privateer to win an AMA 125 National Motocross race. Wise ended the 1976 season ranked fourth in AMA 125 Motocross. Wise did well enough on a privateer Honda in 1977 that Honda signed him to a factory ride in 1978. He would stay with Honda the rest of his racing career and experience his best success with the team.

With Honda, Wise earned his highest national motocross ranking of third in the AMA 250 National Motocross Championship in 1980, along the way winning the Red Bud 250cc National in Buchanan, Michigan.

Steve also won Superbike and Road-racing events.

Roger Decoster

Roger DeCoster: (born 28 August 1944 in UCCLe) is a Belgian motocross racer. His name is almost synonymous with the sport of motocross. He won five 500cc World Championships and tallied a record 36 500cc Grand Prix victories. He was known for his smooth, smooth riding style and a commitment to physical conditioning. His training regime gave him the stamina that allowed him to circulate for most of the race in mid-pack before putting in a late charge through the field to victory when other racers had begun to tire. His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as "The Man." He was also a Gold Medalist in the 1964 International Trails, a four-time winner of the Trans-Am series, and won the 1964 Belgian Observed Trials National Championship.

De Coster began his professional career with the Czechoslovakian firm CZ racing in the 500cc class. He won the 500cc Belgian National Championship in 1966 and moved up to the Grand Prix World Championship in 1967. He won his first 500cc Grand Prix in 1968.

In 1971, De Coster made the difficult decision to leave CZ and join the Japanese firm Suzuki. It was with Suzuki that he would attain his greatest success, winning the 500cc Motocross World Championship three years in a row in 1971, 1972 and 1973 before Heikki Mikola dethroned him in 1974. DeCoster came back and regained the World Championship for the 1975 and 1976 seasons. By the mid-seventies, he had established himself as the greatest motocrosser of all time. In 1980, He joined Honda for one final season. He left the sport on top, winning his final world championship race — the 500cc Motocross Grand Prix of Luxembourg at the end of the 1980 season.

After his racing career, DeCoster moved to the U.S. and remained involved in the sport, becoming the motocross team manager for Honda. He has since returned to Suzuki, managing their U.S. motocross squad that has won American Motocross National & Supercross race events and championships. He has also managed Team USA in the Motocross of Nations.

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