Throwback Thursday: Wardy Wows ‘em at the Rose Bowl

Larry Lawrence | November 22, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Wardy Wows ‘em at the Rose Bowl

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Cycle News Photo Collection/Dale Brown

In this week’s Throwback we roll back the clock 34 years to June of 1984 when a nearly packed house at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, witnessed one of the best races of the season. In that night’s Insport/Wrangler Supercross Series race it turned into a race-long battle between Kawasaki’s Jeff Ward (No. 4) and Yamaha’s Broc Glover (No. 3). Wardy nailed the holeshot, but the Golden Boy soon slipped past. Ward never dropped far off the tail of Glover’s bike and the duo’s pace was so intense that they pulled clear of David Bailey and Johnny O’Mara, who were in their own personal tussle over the final podium spot. Glover held off numerous bids by Ward to take the lead, but finally with three laps to go Glover ran just a tad high in a corner and Ward went for it. “I dove underneath him and drove him up in the haybales,” Ward explained after the race.” The battle brought the massive crowd to their feet for the final three laps. Ward narrowly held on to win. Afterwards Glover sportingly offered no criticism of Ward’s aggressive pass. “It was a good move,” he said. “I did the same thing to him on the first lap.”

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