My dad recently found this article in the garage and passed it along to me. It is a print article that I had published in the Courier News in advance of the Supercross at Giants Stadium in 1991.
1991 was the year that Jean-Michel Bayle dominated American motocross by winning the 250 Supercross Championship as well as the 250 National and 500 National Championship. The Honda rider was on fire and unstoppable.
The other interesting thing about the series was the title sponsor. The Coor’s Light Challenge Camel Supercross. Beer and cigarettes.
Here is the text of the article below. Enjoy.
Motorcycle action at Giants Stadium
By Scott Lukaitis
Special to the Courier-News
EAST RUTHERFORD – The Coor’s Light Challenges Camel Supercross series will roll into action tomorrow night at 7:30 at Giants Stadium.
New Jersey will be the 15th of 18 stops in the American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned series. The series is gearing up to a June 22 finale at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The series will take a $100,000 paycheck from Camel.
More than 16 million pounds of fresh New Jersey dirt are being used to construct a motocross track on the floor where the Giants, Jets, and Knights do battle. The track, built within the period of one week, will consist of hairpin turns, tabletop jumps and new to Giants Stadium this year, two sets of triple jumps. These jumps are designed to launch the riders more than 70 feet through the air.
The current leader, Frenchman Jean-Michel Bayle, holds a 77-point lead going into the Giants Stadium event and could wrap-up the title tomorrow night. That would make Bayle the first foreign rider to ever win a AMA supercross title. The Honda-mounted rider already has two world championships under his belt.
Along with Bayle, Damon Bradshaw, currently second in the series, is a serious challenger for the title tomorrow night. A total of 18 riders will compete in the main event.
Tickets are available for $27, $25, and $20 at all Ticketmaster locations, the Meadlowlands Arena Box Office and Giants Stadium on the day of the race. Gates open at 6 p.m.and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.