The Thor­pedo!

Dave Thorpe’s dou­ble delight

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Forty years ago, Barry Sheene was dom­i­nat­ing 500 GPS, but 30 years ago an­other Brit was claim­ing world ti­tles. Dave Thorpe suc­cess­fully de­fended his World 500 Mo­tocross ti­tle and his MCN Man of the Year in 1986. It wasn’t un­til 1989 that Thorpe added to his world ti­tle tally, but af­ter that a switch to Kawasaki saw fur­ther ti­tle bids fal­ter. He re­tired in 1993 and em­barked on a man­age­rial ca­reer. In 1994 his team of Rob Her­ring, Paul Malin and Kurt Ni­coll won the Mo­tocross Des Na­tions, end­ing 13 years of Amer­i­can dom­i­na­tion. And Thorpe won the Vet­eran World Cup in 2007.

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