Motocross Grand Prix events on the World Championship circuit have
been dominated for many years by Suzuki, Maico, CZ, Husqvarna and
lately Yamaha who arrived on the scene last year to take out the
250cc title with Haken Anderson on board, Roger De Coster took out
the 500cc title on his Suzuki.
There have been other Factories with entries at these events but
they have had to take second fiddle. In this category, we would
have to include KTM, PUCH, BSA, AJS, Kawasaki, Montesa, Ossa and
Bultaco. Honda has not fielded an official team but it cannot be
long before they do.
That these latter machines are no good could
not be further from the truth - the main reason for lack of success
could probably be attributed to the fact that the winning factories
have been able to spend greater amounts of money to secure the services
of the world's best riders and to spend countless thousands of dollars
on prototype development.
However, the 1973 season opened with an almost fairy tale result
when the Spanish 250cc Grand Prix was won by a virtually unknown
20 year old American by the name of Jim Pomeroy on a Spanish Bultaco.
This shock win threw the pundits into confusion, but they quickly
wrote Pomeroy off as a mere "flash in the pan"; after all, it was
the first event of the year and the established stars were not yet
Tall dark and handsome in the Hollywood vein,
6' 2" Jim Pomeroy showed them to be wrong as he proved that it was
no fluke, for in subsequent events he was always there, always travelling
very quickly. Always picking up a few points to add to his tally
until at the end of the year he was ranked 7th best in the world.
In the United States, Pomeroy was well known in West Coast events
hut seemed to be overshadowed by such names as Brad Lacky, Jim Weineit,
Gary and De Wayne Jones and others, but as events show he has proven
greater than them all.
Pomeroy tells of his debut into the realms
of G.P. Winners, "We got to Spain about a week and a half before
the event, the bikes weren't even finished. With the help of English
riders, Vie Allen and Malcolm Davis, we got the bikes completed
at one o'clock on the Friday with practice due to start at 4 o'clock,
We went to the track, no-one expected anything of me, I was about
15th fastest, For the second practice we sorted out suspension and
tyres and I was 2nd fastest. Other riders thought that the clocks
must have been wrong as Americans are not supposed to be that quick."
In the 1st leg, Pomeroy came from third to take Mikkola and Andersson
for 'a win. During the 2nd leg, Pomeroy was in third place when
he dropped it, but was able to work his way up through the field
to take out the overall winner quite a controversy. Firstly everyone
thought the Bultaco man had won 'the event on points when the loud
speakers announced that Maico rider, Hans Maisch, had won by corrected
time over the two legs, About a week later Jim Pomeroy was given
the Grand Prix by the Federation which reversed the results.