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I saw live, was in 1977, when Roger DeCoster held his line on Hannah coming out of the famous Screw-U section at the Unadilla TransAm. Bob had been attempting a pass up the inside every lap as they missed by inches after con- verging from incredibly (dis- parate) lines. I was standing right there, having just fin- ished the 2nd moto of the 250 class. Hannah hit RD’s back wheel hard, and went sailing through the air, without his bike, which ended up with a very smashed pipe. How RD stayed up I’ll never know and I saw it. Hannah hit him hard. There was some animosity there too. At the 2nd moto stag- ing the week before, at Red Bud, MI, Hannah told Roger to move off of the spot on the gate where he had lined up. Bob had won the first moto and had earned first pick for the second moto. Roger was pissed, and I think he did move to a different spot, but he only waited a week to show Bob how pissed he was. The Bob Hannah/Kent Howerton takeout fest, at the 1981 Saddleback 250 Na- tional, was pretty intense, Right Photo Sequence: Most of the top MX riders are within 30 lbs. of each other which makes the physics and techniques of the takeout fairly consistent. In the amateur ranks, and especially in the vintage ranks however, there is a huge disparity of mass amongst the enthusiasts. Their reasons for racing, while intense, do not come with the same finality of circumstance as it does with the pros either. In this photo sequence, former NBA Center Rik Smits (If I have to in- dicate which rider is Rik, you’re an idiot) uses his mass to make a pass from the weak outside position. Once Rik got even with the other rid- er, all he had to do was start leaning. #59 had no chance of moving Rik off of his line by pushing him wide as Rik holds an almost 50% mass advantage. Rider 59 already knows it’s over in the top photo and has the clutch pulled in. This is a classic move of NBA cen- ters. Just lean on smaller competitors and maneuver them out of the way through size (and intimidation). How can a smaller rider counter this move? Two ways. A) Don’t let him get close. B) Put your front tire against his foot in the corner, so he can’t outrigger it for balance. Don’t run into it, just push against it. Then be ready to stop as he tips over to the inside try- ing to hold up 250 lbs of upper body mass with his now out of position leg. This technique should be easy, Rik wears a size 21 shoe. Hey Rik, I hope you’re cool with this? Like any sport, we all look for ways to coun- ter our competitor’s advantage while accentuating our advantages. BTW. I would choose A, especially if we’re pitted near each other. Photographs by Dennis Cox www.dirtillustrated.com