MXA TEST RIDER CHRONICLE: LARRY BROOKS

HOW DO YOU BECOME AN MXA TEST DRIVER?

I knew the MXA men from racing at Saddleback plus from the World Mini GP. We hung out and I used to talk to them all the time. One day in 1983 they ask me to test trip a minibike for them. That was could started and I was there with regard to 25 years. That test was the very first minibike to ever be at the cover of MXA and it had been my first cover. It was the August 1983 issue. I have been at the cover of MXA over one hundred time since then, but it took me a long time to surpass Lance Moorewood’ ersus cover count.

Larry on a twin-carb Puch.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MXA MEMORY?

I have negative and positive memories of being a test rider. As being a test rider isn’ t such as being your own man? you have to trip what they tell you to ride, wear the clothes they tell you to put on and do what they ask you to do. I remember having to ride a Husqvarna two-stroke for a photo session. I hated the bike and I kept informing Jody that I couldn’ t trip it. I couldn’ t mix it and I said that it was a “ waste of time” to test. Jody laughed at me plus said, “ We have all day. We’ ll stay here until you sorted it out. ” I figured it out real quick after that. The good times were when I got to ride new models before anyone had even seen them… or even works bikes. I still keep in mind the day that I got to test Damon Bradshaw’ s works Yamaha YZ250.

A lot of people ride on the seaside, but Larry actually went out in order to sea for the March 1986 cover shot.

WHO WAS TESTING BIKES AT MXA WITH YOU?

You have to remember that I was there a long time, so I noticed a lot of test riders, but Lance Moorewood was the big dog when I arrived at MXA. When Lance decided to back it down I examined with just the MXA guys (Jody, Ketchup Cox, Bill Keefe, Male impotence Arnet and David Gerig) with regard to awhile. Then Jody got Paul Craig, Joe Waddington and Jeremy McGrath to help.

EXACTLY WHY DID YOU STOP BEING A CHECK RIDER?

When I moved to San Diego We still made the drive, but it got harder. Then, as I moved into team management I just didn’ to have the time during the racing season. I would still do it if I could because it is so much fun and I owe all those guys a lot.

 


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