Terry Dorsch, former AMA National number 22, and best known as a Triumph rider and for earning a podium finish at the Ascot TT National in 1973, passed away on Wednesday, November 7 from injuries sustained in a streetbike accident on the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles. He was 63.
Dorsch, a native of Tujunga, California, emerged on the AMA Grand National circuit in 1971. A Triumph support rider with the pedigree of AMA District 37 Champion and several National amateur wins, he had a solid rookie expert season in ’71, earning four top-10 finishes, including a season best fifth at the Corona (California) Half-Mile National. At the end of the season Dorsch won a special made-for-TV event called the Race of Champions held at the San Jose Half Mile. His rookie performance made him one of the nation’s leading up-and-coming racers and earned him his national number 22.
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