1970 Trans-AMA motocross series

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The 1970 Trans-AMA motocross series was an international series established by the American Motorcyclist Association as a pilot event to help establish motocross in the United States.[1][2] The motocross series was an invitational based on a combined 250 and 500cc engine displacement formula, run on American tracks featuring the top riders from the F.I.M. world championship against the top American riders.

BSA factory rider Dave Nicoll claimed the championship without winning a single event, due to his consistent results. The Suzuki team of Joel Robert and Olle Petterson didn't join the event until the third race of the series. Robert went on to dominate, but his late start hurt his chances to claim the overall championship. As a result of his being the highest placed American rider at fourth overall, Dick Burleson, was crowned the first-ever American motocross national champion.

1970 Trans-AMA final standings[1][2][edit]

Place Rider Country Team Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA 4550 0
2 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA 4535 0
3 United Kingdom Jeff Smith United Kingdom BSA 4515 2
4 United States Dick Burleson United States Husqvarna 3925 0
5 United States Bryan Kenney United States Husqvarna 3760 0
6 Sweden Gunnar Lindstrom Sweden Husqvarna 3675 0
7 Belgium Joel Robert Belgium Suzuki 3590 6
8 Sweden Olle Petterson Sweden Suzuki 3360 0
9 United Kingdom Keith Hickman United Kingdom BSA 3350 0
10 United States Sonny DeFeo United States ČZ 3345 0

1970 Trans-AMA Round 1[edit]

LaRue, Ohio (250cc)

Place Rider Country Team
1 United Kingdom Jeff Smith United Kingdom BSA
2 Sweden Gunnar Lindstrom Sweden Husqvarna
3 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA
4 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA
5 United States Bob Thompson United States Ossa
6 United States Jimmy Weinert United States ČZ
7 United States Bryan Kenney United States Husqvarna
8 United States Dick Burleson United States Husqvarna
9 United States David Aldana United States BSA
10 United States Wyman Priddy United States Bultaco

1970 Trans-AMA Round 2[edit]

Unadilla, New York (250cc)

Place Rider Country Team
1 United Kingdom Jeff Smith United Kingdom BSA
2 United Kingdom Keith Hickman United Kingdom BSA
3 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA
4 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA
5 United States Peter Lamppu United States Montesa
6 United States Bob Thompson United States Ossa
7 United States Bryan Kenney United States Husqvarna
8 United States Dick Burleson United States Husqvarna
9 United States Jimmy Weinert United States ČZ
10 Canada Ron Keyes Canada ČZ

1970 Trans-AMA Round 3[edit]

Delta, Ohio (500cc)

Place Rider Country Team
1 Belgium Joel Robert Belgium Suzuki
2 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA
3 United Kingdom Jeff Smith United Kingdom BSA
4 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA
5 United Kingdom Keith Hickman United Kingdom BSA
6 Sweden Gunnar Lindstrom Sweden Husqvarna
7 Sweden Olle Pettersson Sweden Suzuki
8 United States Brad Lackey United States ČZ
9 United States Bryan Kenney United States Husqvarna
10 United States Doug Rodrigues United States ČZ

1970 Trans-AMA Round 4[edit]

Franklin, Georgia (500cc)

Place Rider Country Team
1 Belgium Joel Robert Belgium Suzuki
2 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA
3 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA
4 Sweden Olle Pettersson Sweden Suzuki
5 United Kingdom Keith Hickman United Kingdom BSA
6 United Kingdom Jeff Smith United Kingdom BSA
7 United States Jimmy Weinert United States ČZ
8 United States Sonny DeFeo United States ČZ
9 United States Bryan Kenney United States Husqvarna
10 United States Dick Burleson United States Husqvarna

1970 Trans-AMA Round 5[edit]

Lewisville, Texas (250cc)

Place Rider Country Team
1 Belgium Joel Robert Belgium Suzuki
2 Sweden Olle Pettersson Sweden Suzuki
3 United Kingdom Jeff Smith United Kingdom BSA
4 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA
5 Sweden Gunnar Lindstrom Sweden Husqvarna
6 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA
7 United States Brad Lackey United States ČZ
8 United States Dick Burleson United States Husqvarna
9 United States Sonny DeFeo United States ČZ
10 United States Tom Rapp United States Bultaco

1970 Trans-AMA Round 6[edit]

Irvine, California (500cc)

Place Rider Country Team
1 Belgium Joel Robert Belgium Suzuki
2 Sweden Olle Pettersson Sweden Suzuki
3 United Kingdom Keith Hickman United Kingdom BSA
4 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA
5 Sweden Gunnar Lindstrom Sweden Husqvarna
6 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA
7 United States Bill Clements United States Husqvarna
8 United States Gary Harris United States Husqvarna
9 United States Dick Burleson United States Husqvarna
10 United States Jim O'Neal United States ČZ

1970 Trans-AMA Round 7[edit]

Carlsbad, California (250cc)

Place Rider Country Team
1 Belgium Joel Robert Belgium Suzuki
2 United Kingdom Malcolm Davis United Kingdom AJS
3 United Kingdom Jeff Smith United Kingdom BSA
4 Sweden Olle Petterson Sweden Suzuki
5 Sweden Gunnar Lindstrom Sweden Husqvarna
6 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA
7 United Kingdom Keith Hickman United Kingdom BSA
8 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA
9 United States Gary Bailey United States Greeves
10 United States Peter Lamppu United States Montesa

1970 Trans-AMA Round 8[edit]

Puyallup, Washington (500cc)

Place Rider Country Team
1 Belgium Joel Robert Belgium Suzuki
2 Sweden Gunnar Lindstrom Sweden Husqvarna
3 United Kingdom Jeff Smith United Kingdom BSA
4 United Kingdom John Banks United Kingdom BSA
5 United Kingdom Dave Nicoll United Kingdom BSA
6 United Kingdom Keith Hickman United Kingdom BSA
7 United States Sonny DeFeo United States ČZ
8 United Kingdom Malcolm Davis United Kingdom AJS
9 United States Bryan Kenney United States Husqvarna
10 Sweden Olle Pettersson Sweden Suzuki

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Youngblood, Ed (December 1970). Trans-AMA: A Pilot Program For International Activity. American Motorcyclist. Books.Google.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Youngblood, Ed (January 1971). Burleson, Nicoll Champions Of AMA's Pilot Project For International Activity. American Motorcyclist. Books.Google.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 

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