BLAST FROM THE PAST: RODNEY SMITH


 

Rodney Smith was on a roll. The motocross star turned off-roader had overcome the stigma of being a west-coast man making an attempt to compete in a land dominated by east of Mississippi expertise. Mike Webb from Staff Suzuki Off-road received the concept of hiring  Rodney when Mike and brother Tom raced a Qualifier in Minden, Nevada. In Mike’s phrases “He was a few rows in entrance of me, I didn’t know who he was however he stood out as a result of he was in Bieffe gear and was on what seemed like a inventory RM. Then he kicked all people’s ass  within the remaining moto after crashing with LR, he put his head down and got here all the way in which again to move Steve Hatch for the win.  I used to be blown away!” Bear in mind, he had the multi-time Nationwide Enduro champion in Randy Hawkins and Steve Hatch on his staff, however Webb felt that the off-road racing enviornment was altering and GNCC racing was the brand new stage. By 2002 Rodney had already gained three GNCC championships for Suzuki and confirmed the world man from California can win again east. This shot is from the Wisp, a brand new occasion held at Deep Creek, Maryland. It was a ski resort within the winter and had unimaginable terrain for a GNCC. It was rocky, snotty and hilly and in ’02 Rodney, Jason Raines and Mike Lafferty had been on the high of their video games. That is Rodney holding the lead over Raines (far proper) and Mike Lafferty, who had switched from his KTM 2-stroke to an enormous thumper. Rodney went on to win the occasion and the championship for the fourth time.
Right here’s Rodney’s 2002 RM250. FMF was their essential sponsor and Webb helped to fund his staff (pay the riders!) with sturdy exterior sponsors. FMF was with the staff till it was disbanded.

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