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Since it’s the off-season we decided to change things up a bit in the Guts Racing Vurb Power Rankings. Going forward, Slaw and Troy will be ranking different topics until racing starts again at Anaheim. Ginger Dog is currently breaking up fights in middle school for the next few months and will rejoin the rankings once racing starts.
As always, feel free to flame away on Troy below or on social.
Now onto this weeks topic: Our favorite riders of all-time. Again, OUR favorite riders. Not yours.
-This dude was the epitome of cool and rad and awesome. I mean, his nickname was literally Too Hip. Men wanted to be him and girls wanted to marry him. HE was responsible for so much and is still cool as hell today.
-You were either a Stew guy or an RC guy or a Reed guy. No in between and during those glory days I was a Reed guy. The spiked hair, the ear ring, this was late ’90s early 2000s. Plus, I always felt Reed was the underdog and well, I liked rooting for underdogs.
-The Golden Era of amateur moto and Stroupe was the man during those days. If you know, you know.
-I mean, it’s Bob Hannah.
-You were either an MC guy or an Emig guy and I was an Emig guy. He’s still the man to this day if were being honest.
-We can all thank Stew for converting me to the sport of motocross. When I was little I was into MX. I had a PW50 and I had so much fun riding. When it was time to move up to the KX60 (yes it was a 60 still at the time) I couldn’t figure the clutch out quick enough and sports like soccer, baseball, and basketball were my priority. So, I parked the bikes, until I saw Budds Creek 2003 on TV. That day I became a fan of the sport again because I have never seen anyone ride like Stew and we probably never will. Stew was one of a kind. His scrubs, his speed, his will to try quads, it was the complete package and I still to this day will watch his riding videos on YouTube.
-I liked K-Dub long before his second wave with Factory Connection Honda. When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to see him do a heel clicker on his way to win. Looking back now, I laugh, but man that was IT back then! I loved to watch K-Dub for his smooth riding style and he could beat anybody on any given night. No one was beating K-Dub when he was on.
-I had Emig on my Squad Pod and definitely tried not to be a fanboy, but it was difficult to do. When I was a kid you were either an Emig fan or a McGrath fan. I got tired of MC dominating, so I was an Emig fan. I would watch this 1993 YZ bike introduction video on repeat as a kid as well, hosted by Fro. To me, the pop culture of 1990s moto revolves around Fro Daddy and he had a huge influence on me growing up.
-Pastrana was another rider who just raced a dirt bike differently. He was exciting, throwing tricks, and for a while there was going to take over the sport. Even when he left moto and went to FMX and other action sports I still held out hope that one day he’d be back to dominate SX/MX. He’d come back here and there and each time I was so excited to watch. That’s why he makes the list.
-Guy Cooper was my first favorite rider. The guy would absolutely send it and had such a unique style. He would battle with the best of the best like Johnson, Ward, Stanton, and I was always pulling for him to get his first win. Also, at Kenworthys in 2002 he was signing autographs and hanging out in the pits long after the races were over. He had time for an 11-year-old T-Dog and that was a highlight to me.
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