Mark Barnett

Friday 16th September 1960

Born on this day, Mark “The Bomber” Barnett, American motorcross legend. As a works Suzuki rider, Mark Barnett was one of the dominating forces in AMA 125cc Motocross in the early 1980’s. “The Bomber” won three AMA 125cc National Motocross Championships from 1980 to 1982 and proved he was no one-show pony by winning the AMA Supercross Series in 1981. In addition to his four AMA Championships, Barnett was a member of the winning 1983 Team U.S.A. Motocross and Trophee des Nations squad. He was also a two-time winner of the 125cc U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross. When Barnett finally hung it up in 1985, he was the all-time win leader in AMA 125cc Motocross history with a jaw-dropping 25 National wins in the class and was second to the legend known as Bob Hannah on the all-time AMA Supercross wins list with 17 stadium victories. He would go on to become one of the leading Motocross and Supercross track designers and builders in the country.Mark Barnett was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001 and in 2002 ‘Racer X Illustrated’ ranked him sixth on its “2 5 All-Time Best American Motocross Riders.”

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