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The three top Bri­tish rid­ers head­ing for Far­leigh could be de­scribed as flam­boy­ant, ded­i­cated and qui­etly con­fi­dent... and fans of MX from that era will not need us to say the rid­ers in that or­der are Noyce, Thorpe and Hud­son. In ac­tual fact all three rid­ers have all three traits in their na­ture but we’ve high­lighted the one which comes to the fore. With a 500cc world crown al­ready un­der his belt Noyce was a con­sis­tent place­man in the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons, but in­juries and bad luck pre­vented a re­peat. Known for his flam­boy­ance and nat­u­ral abil­ity the Hamp­shire rider fit­ted in well with the in­ter­na­tional scene and en­joyed the ben­e­fits of his suc­cess. Dave Thorpe, on the other hand, was more stu­dious in his ap­proach and had ex­celled at foot­ball as well as mo­tocross when younger. De­ter­mined to learn from his as­so­ci­a­tion with the GP rid­ers, Thorpe would prove he had learned by tak­ing three 500cc crowns later in the Eight­ies. Neil Hud­son was – and still is – the quiet man of MX who lets his rid­ing do the talk­ing. His show­ing in the 500cc class con­founded the pun­dits who reck­oned the lo­cal lad Hud­son couldn’t hack the big­ger bikes.

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