Throwback Thursday: Brad Lackey’s Key Battle

Larry Lawrence | January 11, 2018
Brad Lackey (6) battling Andre Vromans for the 1982 FIM 500cc Motocross World Championship.

Henny Ray Abrams photo

In this week’s Throwback we travel back 36 years to Luxembourg. The 1982 FIM 500cc Motocross World Motocross Championship came down to a battle between American Brad Lackey and fellow Suzuki rider Belgian Andre Vromans. The final round of the championship was in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg. Either rider could win that day, but Lackey, after 10 years of trying to win the world title, was not to be denied.

This photo by legendary racing photographer Henny Ray Abrams, shows the battle between Lackey (6) and Vromans (4) in the first moto. The race was won by Sweden’s Hakan Carlqvist, but Lackey became the new world champion by virtue of his second-place finish.

Lackey was the first American to win the prestigious title.

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