Twenty-six years ago, Bob Moore became a motocross world champion after a sensational 125cc campaign with Yamaha. Today, he remains as America’s most recent FIM Motocross World Championship winner and one of the sport’s most respected champions.
Hailing from California, Moore enjoyed huge success on the American Supercross scene from a young age. At just 18, Moore claimed his first title in his debut season, winning the 1985 AMA 125 West Coast Supercross Championship, before making the journey across the Atlantic to Europe to realise his dream of racing in the FIM Motocross World Championship.
His ambitions didn’t stop there though, Moore was insistent on becoming a world champion and he wouldn’t be making the journey back home until that goal was fulfilled.
Riding on mainly privately-run bikes in the 125cc Motocross World Championship, Moore’s talents didn’t go unnoticed. In his first three seasons, the American was a consistent front-runner, finishing in the championship’s top 10 before a breakout 1989 campaign, where he claimed fourth in the overall standings.
In 1990, Moore was runner-up in the 125cc championship, beating the likes of Stefan Everts but the following year he got closer than ever, missing out on the title by just nine points to the Belgian, who would become motocross’ most successful world championship rider.
Ahead of the 1992 campaign, Yamaha signed Moore to race for them in the 250cc Motocross World Championship and despite it being his maiden foray into the class, the American would once again claim runner-up spot behind fellow Yamaha rider Donny Schmit, helping the marque to the manufacturers’ title.