AMA and Honda issue statements


Two-time WADA national champion Dick Mann died on Monday at the age of 86. Mann, who started his two-wheeled career delivering newspapers to Richmond, Calif., On a Cushman scooter, won the coveted titles in 1963 and 1971. – the latter at 37. Back in the day, the GNC series required on-road, short course, half-mile, mile and TT skills. In 1971, Mann was the first runner to achieve a national victory in each of the five categories. Mann’s first and last national victories came at the Peoria TT in 1959 and 1972. He had a total of 24 victories in the Grand National Championship series.Dick Mann passes: flat trackMann began his running career in the early 1950s. He competed in motocross racing in the 1960s and 1970s, and was part of the US ISDT team in 1975, winning a bronze medal in the race. enduro competition on the Isle of Man. Mann’s varied career saw him be a founding member of the American Motorcyclist Association’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998. In a statement, WADA called “Dick ‘Bugsy’ Mann one of the most successful racers. versatile to have never thrown a leg on a motorcycle. As well as being a legendary runner, Mann’s mentoring of the next generation of American runners and future Hall of Famers like Dave Aldana, Mert Lawwill and Kenny Roberts was equally important. 200 on a factory CB750 based racing bike, beating other legends such as Mike Hailwood, Gary Nixon and Gene Romero. Here is Honda’s take on the Daytona victory, which was a big event for the Japanese company:It was Honda’s first factory effort in the legendary endurance event, with a four-pilot project aboard CR750 machines – the racing version of the now iconic four-cylinder CB750, which had started production a year ago earlier. Conversely, Mann, then 35, had a long and relatively good racing history, although victory had eluded him until this point.Dick Mann passes: HondaAfter starting from the front row of an all-star starting grid, Mann finally took the lead, then retained the bike in the later stages of the race to secure a 10-second victory over Gene Romero, with Don Castro third. In the process, Mann ran an all-time record average racing speed of 102,697 mph. It was Honda’s first victory in the AMA National Championship and it established the CB750 at the top of the performance hierarchy. As such, the victory was significant not only for Honda, but for its US subsidiary. “For a Japanese company with its first big bike, which has yet to prove itself, it was hard to beat that,” said Bob Hansen, then director of national service at American Honda, in Aaron P’s book Frank “Honda Motorcycles”. “Hansen prepared the machine and I rode it as best I could, exactly as I ordered. That was it, ”the humble Mann said in the same book. “Everyone at American Honda sends their sincere condolences to the family, friends and fans of Dick Mann,” said Bill Savino, senior director of customer engagement at American Honda. “Dick has had a number of accomplishments over the course of his long career, but he will always hold a special place in our hearts for the role he played in proving that Honda motorcycles can run with the best.” A full biography of Dick Mann is on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame website.Photograph courtesy of Honda and the American Motorcycle Association.


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