Home grown talent
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.