Throwback Thursday: Damon Bradshaw Wins Mt. Morris Mudder

Larry Lawrence | January 3, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Damon Bradshaw Wins Mt. Morris Mudder

Mt. Morris 1997 - Ockert
Cycle News Photo Collection/Karl Ockert

The “Beast from the East” scored his final AMA National MX victory at the ’97 High Point National

In this week’s Throwback we dial it back to May of 1997 and the High Point National in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. That year’s event became one of the all-time epic mud races in the history of AMA Motocross racing. And coming through the quagmire was an unexpected victor. Damon Bradshaw thrilled the High Point faithful when he scored a 2-1 to earn the overall victory aboard his Manchester Honda CR250. It had been four years since Bradshaw had scored a major victory and the outdoor national victory at Mt. Morris would prove to be his last.

In this shot photographer Karl Ockert was able to capture the clean side of the mud-splattered riders going through a turn. It appears to be Doug Henry (No. 20) leading the group that includes Mike Jones (No. 58), Ezra Lusk (No. 11), Bradshaw (No. 10), Jason McCormick (No. 52), Anthony Pocorobba (No.92), Mike LaRocco (No. 5), Buddy Antunez (No. 19) and Ty Wallace (No. 40).

In post-racing interviews you could tell Bradshaw was proud of the victory.

“I thought the greatest win of my career was when I won my first Supercross in Charlotte, in front of my hometown crowd,” Bradshaw said. “But this one feels far better. I can’t even begin to tell you how good this feels.”

The ’97 mudder at Mt. Morris would go down as one of those races that motocross fans still talk about all these years later.

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