Throwback Thursday: Seattle Supercross Battle (1986)

Larry Lawrence | March 16, 2017
A classic Last Chance Qualifier battle at the 1986 Seattle Supercross led by Jeff Frisz.

Cycle News Photo Collection/Kit Palmer

In this week’s Throwback, we travel back 31 years to 1986 and the AMA Supercross round in Seattle’s Kingdome. In those days, the Kingdome was one of the venues that hosted doubleheader race weekends.

This Kit Palmer photo is from the Last Chance Qualifier on Sunday’s event, the second leg of the doubleheader. It shows Jeff Frisz (41) on a Suzuki RM250, side by side with unidentified rider No. 141. Also in the thick of the chase are Scott Burnworth (18), Mike Healy (46), Jeff Hicks (21), Scooter Stafford (35) and Tony Duboski (70).

Eight riders battled up front in the LCQ that day and it came down to Frisz and Burnworth. Frisz led the early laps of the race, but “The Burner” got by around the halfway mark. Burnworth pulled clear and looked to have a relatively easy win in the bag, but he stalled his motor in a turn and Frisz closed the gap and the two went bar to bar to the checkered flag with Burnworth just edging out Frisz to qualify his Yamaha for the main.

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