SOURCE: MOTOCROSS ACTION
Texan Steve Wise is most closely associated with Team Honda. He did have a Kawasaki factory ride in 1976, but quit midseason to race his privateer CR125 instead.
Steve Wise was a rare individual—perhaps the rarest. He is the only AMA Professional motorcycle racer to win an AMA 125 National, AMA 250 National, AMA 250 Supercross, AMA Superbike road race, AMA Athlete of the Year, the ABC-TV Superbikers race (the precursor to today’s Supermoto series) and podium at an AMA Grand National Dirt Track race.
Steve’s father Gary owned a Honda dealership in McAllen, Texas, and got Steve on wheels at the age of 12. By 16, Steve Wise, who is listed in early AMA results by his given name of Gary, had the speed to turn Pro. His dad told Steve that “he had a gift” and pushed Steve to race on the rough and tough Texas circuit. In the early ’70s, Texas tracks didn’t race every weekend; instead, each track raced only one weekend a month, and everybody who was anybody showed up at every …
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Article / post by: Daryl Ecklund