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Legendary commentator Art Eckman passes away

Legendary commentator Art Eckman passes away
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One of the best commentators the sport has ever seen, Art Eckman, has sadly passed away.

Art was part of the legendary announcing team alongside David Bailey and Davey Coombs in the 90s and early 2000s that brought supercross and motocross to a new level of professionalism and insight, elevating the sport to the level of mainstream and making everyone outside the US want to race there.

And Art Eckmam led the way with his iconic voice and astute race calling. RIP Art.

The official supercross twitter said: “Art Eckman’s passion echoed in every race, every call, every unforgettable moment. A true legend of the sport, his legacy will forever resonate with us.”

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Jeremy McGrath said on Instagram: “I am saddened by the news of the legend Art Eckman’s passing. He was an amazing ambassador of @supercrosslive I will never forget his great work and yelling my name while calling the races. I am proud to call you a friend and thank you. I am sure the races in heaven will keep you busy.”

Broadcasting colleague Davey Coombs said: “Like a lot of other friends in the motorsports industry I was devastated to hear of the passing of longtime TV host, friend and mentor Art Eckman. He was 81 years old. Art’s voice was an indelible part of the soundtrack of our sport for a generation, and I was lucky enough to work with him and the great David Bailey through much of the 1990s and early 2000s. Together they were the good standard of SX/MX commenting. He was a true professional, gentleman, husband, father and mentor. Godspeed Art, and thank you…”

Chad Reed said: “What an absolute legend. The voice of my childhood watching supercross.”

Greg Albertyn said: “Wow, that’s sad. Art was a true gentleman. I always enjoyed talking with him and he was always so positive about all the riders. He will be missed.”

Stefan Everts said simply: “One of the best.”

Watch Art in action as McGrath and Carmichael duel:

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