As the 2015 Supercross Season came to a close, the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum Tour concluded its 6th year on the Supercross road with its ever popular Moto Museum. The history of Supercross was shared with over 900,000 fans this season as the tour made stops at all 17 rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross series.
This year’s presenting sponsor, Dunlop Tires, with the support of 6 time AMA National Motocross Champion Broc Glover, presented 17 different Legends with the Legends and Heroes award along with a Rockwell timepiece. Included in this honor roll of Champions were Supercross great’s Jeff Emig, Mike Bell, Ricky Johnson, Mike LaRocco, John Dowd, and “The Man” Roger DeCoster to name a few. Plus a special award to Grammy award winner and moto head Lyle Lovett for his contribution to the sport.
This year’s tour included some very notable machines. The 1997 KTM 540, piloted by Supercross great Lance Smail, made its debut and was on display. This was the first 4 stroke ever to make a Supercross main event. In an era of 2-stokes dominating the sport, the Smail KTM made history at the famed Daytona International Speedway in March of 97’ on this historic mount. Special thanks go out to Tom White, of the Early Days of Motocross Museum and Tim Moen of KTM for making this acquisition happen.
Various legends made their way to the ever popular Supercrosslive.com Race Day Live show hosted by Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer. The show is streamed live every Saturday at each Supercross event and the Legends and Heroes tour played an important part of providing the “Legends” for this outstanding show.The Legends and Heroes tour also continued its Supercross race efforts by supporting #73, Gannon Audette. He couldn’t have done it without the generosity of his sponsors which include: Kissimmee Motorsports, Bel Ray Oil, Boyesen Engineering, Motion-Pro, MotoXroads, Acerbis, Stor-Loc tool cabinets and private funding from our Legends and Heroes friends and family.
Because of this, Gannon returned to race under the Legends and Heroes banner in the very competitive 250 East Supercross Series. Audette proved again what a champion is made of on and off the track. Gannon’s best overall 7th place in the Vegas East Coast race confirmed that he is a front runner. He gated for 8 main events, and completed the series with a respectable 17th overall. On top of that Gannon was a fan favorite throughout the series. Having a top 20 ranked Supercross Rider as part of our program has brought us full circle. All generations have proved how popular it has become to follow Gannon and the tour through social media. The fans supported Gannon with encouragement throughout the season. Audette has also become a great ambassador of our sport by participating in various promotional events.
Notable is the Monster Energy Supercross Atlanta rounds and the SX promotion tour for the “Peach Cup Championship”. The Moto Museum hosted autograph signings with Gannon at various retail outlet stops in the Atlanta area including the Bass Pro Shops, various Discount Tire locations and multiple Kawasaki Dealerships. Each year our tour grows and creates a happening at each Supercross. Fans gravitate to the nostalgia of the history of Supercross, they have an opportunity to meet the legends of their sport first hand in a cool and relaxed venue and they can partake in our excitement of having a Supercross racer under the Legends and Heroes banner.
Once again, over 900,000 came to see Supercross this year and had the opportunity to experience our Moto Museum in 2015. We want to thank all of them for their support. Who knows maybe next year we’ll hit a million?