Number Cruncher Redux: #8Friday, January 5, 2007 | 12:22 PM
Awesome job again, but I think RJ and Josh Demuth need a shout out as well with #8. Josh used it to win the BooKoo title last year, and RJ used it in his early years with Factory Yamaha. The Demuth/Plotts photo is a favorite of mine. I’ve raced with both of those guys for a long time. When I fist met Plotts in 1987 at Sleepy Hollow MX Park, he was in a halo with bolts through his head! Happy New Year!
In 1982 Jim Gibson ran #8 on his Factory Honda, a great indoor/outdoor rider. He also finished third in the 1983 125cc World Championships.
Frog from Mototalk
What about Scott "The Burner" Burnworth who rode for Factory Suzuki wearing #8 in 1984?
I believe Goat Breker was #8 during the 1985 season as a member of Team Kawasaki.
Eight-time National Enduro Champ Dick Burleson, who started his career as a MX racer, used the #8. In some books he was the first US MX Champion because he was the top American in the Inter-Am MX series and that is what they used to pick the National Champion.
Andy, some riders that rode #8 that come to mind are Jim Gibson on the oh-so-cool factory hondas in 1982; Goat Breker Factory Kawasaki in '85 (I think that was his last year racing); and Erik Kehoe in '86 on the Factory Suzuki. By the way, I love this whole Number cruncher thing! It gets the old memory going!
#8, Erik Kehoe, Team Suzuki
#8, Pit Beirer, 1996 250 World Championships, Pamo Honda team. "Pit Bull" was one of the greatest riders to ever ride a motorcycle. Just ask Stefan Everts, who had to race Bierer..
#8 Rob Herring, MITSUEI Yamaha, UK,
1988 250 World Championships
250 British National Championships
#8 Andre Vromans, former vice world champion in 1982 and 1983 250 World championship contender for Team Suzuki
#8, Jim Gibson, circa 1982, 125 national championship and teammate to Johnny O'Mara
#8, David Watson
250 World Championships, '82, '83
Factory Yamaha UK importer.
Teammate to 1981 world champion Neil Hudson.