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John “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Desoto was an early pioneer of American motocross and was adored by his followers. He got here to Southern California from Hawaii and labored his approach from store rides to full manufacturing facility help. John wished to race in Europe and received funding from Tommy Smothers (of the Smothers Brothers) and Dan Gurney who had befriended him. Europe was a tricky promote, John saying that ‘we’ had a lot to study what ‘quick’ actually was. After leaving Europe John signed with CZ. CZ mounted, Desoto lastly received the outcomes and recognition of a prime racer. He raced for CZ by the early ’70s and was at all times battling for Prime American within the Trans-AMA and Inter-AM motocross sequence. He represented the USA within the Motocross des Nations together with Mike Hartwig and Jim Pomeroy in 1973. John raced early Kawasaki prototypes, serving to to develop the KX line and was a manufacturing facility Suzuki racer for a quick interval. DeSoto retired from skilled motocross racing in 1975. This photograph comes from Mark Kiel’s superior assortment and reveals John racing an Ossa Phantom on the 1975 Saddleback Trans-Am.

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