OF THE LUONGO ERA OF GP RACING? I think that the World
Championships don’t mean squat today in the sense that everybody is not
welcome to compete. In the old days, each country was allowed to send riders to compete in the World Championship. That is not the case today. Each
country’s best should be allowed to see where they stand against another
country’s best riders. To me, in many ways, the AMA Nationals are the real
Husqvarna was banned
by the AMA after the
1971 season and now
resides in a museum.
Best known as a
Husky rider, Lars
also raced Pentons.
Why? Because he
was the West Coast
World Championship today. They are open to anyway from anywhere. But, at
the same time, the AMA Nationals are not really the World Championships.
Where I come from, a World Champion has to compete around the world. He’s
gotta eat the food they give him, listen to the language they speak and adapt
to the weather they have. I wish there were more Americans competing in
the World Championship. The biggest honor you can have is to represent your
country. As a sportsman, as a rider, there is no higher calling.
YOU ARE STILL RACING AT 74 YEARS OLD. WHAT IS THE
COMPETITION LIKE? Well, it doesn’t pay as well as the Pro class did. I’ve
raced for 56 years, and there are moments when I know that I hit a corner
really well. At the same time, I realize I’m going extremely slow. I still love to
ride motorcycles, and the camaraderie of racing is very special. I’m honored to
have been a part of the MXA wrecking crew for decades. I get to ride different
bikes every week. Jody Weisel and I can still have our battles on the track. I
can’t see myself in a sailboat, and I don’t like to golf. Motocross is it for me.
Those kids who are just turning 60, they’re hard to deal with! ❏