Bob Moore was the 1985 AMA 125 West Coast Supercross champion and garnered 28 individual moto wins in the 125 and 250 classes during his career. He finished second in 1990 and 1991 in the 125 class, and in 1992 in the 250 class.
Here’s a look at some interesting tidbits about Moore, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2017.
1. Moore started riding mini-bikes as a child, tossing his bike in the back of his father’s truck, going from track to track and racing. His father, once an amateur racer, owned a motorcycle trailer business, so Moore was always around bikes.
2. He had a highly successful mini-racing career. But when it came time to move up to a larger bike, Moore faced a challenge because at age 17 he was 4-foot-11 inches tall and weighed just 87 pounds.
3. Moore’s dad told him he was too small to compete on a 125 and it was “time to give it up.” He didn’t.
4. In September 1984, Moore bought a 125 and began winning immediately. He turned pro and signed a $5,000 contract with Suzuki.
5. Moore won the 1985 AMA 125 West Coast Supercross Championship and decided it was time to head for Europe and chase a world title.
6. During the next nine years, Moore snagged 28 individual moto wins in the 125 and 250 classes. He was runner-up three times in that championship: 1990 and 1991 in the 125 class, and 1992 in the 250 class.
7. Moore won three German national championships: In 1989 and 1990, he was the German Motocross Champion, and, in 1990, he took the Indoor German Motocross crown.
8. In 1994, Moore won the FIM 125cc World Motocross Championship.
9. After retiring from racing, Moore stayed close to the sport by managing the FMF Honda motocross team.
10. He teamed up with injured motocross racer Jimmy Button in 2000 to form Road 2 Recovery, a charity that eventually established an endowment that provides $100,000 to offset the expenses incurred by injured AMA professional motocross and Supercross racers and their families.