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In having just recently viewed Gary Semics tape on the history of MX, I decided to get the opinon of other vintage enthusiats and see what their opinion was of the riding styles of yesterdays champions. DeCoster had one of the smoothest, if not boring styles to watch. While American riders, cut and thrust, throwing up rooster tails of dirt, DeCoster simply appeared to trail riding, rarely moving about his bike. Funny despite the fact that these era riders violated many of todays "sacred principles" of rider technique, they went incredibly fast. Another guy worthy of mention was Arnie Nils Nilson, a Husky enginear and factory rider. He raced the 125 class. While being smooth too, his most noted attribte was how relaxed he was. Other riders would be getting tense before the race, while Nilson would almost fall asleep.

As for one of the best riders not being recognised for his talents: Jeroslav Falta. This guy was still winning GP's in the late seventies on the then decrepid CZ's!
 
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And I thought I was the only one who noticed how great Falta was.

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Falta won the first Super X held in the Colossieum. he was the real world champion of 74!
 
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As a kid I attended a Jim Pomeroy riding school and I still think of things I learned. The truth of the matter is the details were the same as the Tony D. school I attended last year. I give both Jim and Tony 2 thumbs up.
 
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Duke,

Didn't Marty Tripes win the first race in the LA Coliseum? Actually I think he won the first two years in a row.

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I think Whoops is right. Tripes won the first two colliseum races and Falta won the third. I'll have to check my VMX magazine back issues. I believe it was #9 that had the excellent Falta story.

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Your right, Tripes did when the first two. Falta won in 74 I think. Its been to long and my memory doesnt always serve me that well
 

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Its rumored that Falta is going to be a VMD West on a CZ! in April.

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It's no rumor. It's a confirmed fact.

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