Throwback Thursday: “Radical” Ron Turner at Anaheim ‘82

Larry Lawrence | September 5, 2019

Throwback Thursday: “Radical” Ron Turner at Anaheim ‘82

Mitch Friedman photo

In this week’s Throwback we dial be the clock 37 years to January of 1982 and the opening round of that year’s AMA Supercross Series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Over 70,000 fans packed the Big A that night.

This photo shows Honda rider Ron Turner being interviewed after a race. Turner, or “Radical Ron” as fans liked to call him, was noted for often wearing only his prescription eyeglasses with no goggles – and this Mitch Friedman photo proves it.

Turner was one of the all-time winningest motocross racers on the highly-competitive regional Southern California motocross circuit. Turner was said to have turned more laps at Carlsbad than another other rider in the track’s history and it’s easy to understand why when you realize his pro motocross career ran from the late 1960s, all the way into the early ‘90s!

In addition to racing professionally, Turner was a longtime test rider for Suzuki and then Honda. It was great to come across this classic Throwback photo of Radical Ron!

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