Video: A1 1999 – the deepest supercross field ever?
Back in 1999 the opener at Anaheim was well and truly stacked with so much talent that, to this day, it might just make be the deepest field in supercross history.
Jeremy McGrath was the defining champ but behind him a four-pronged Honda team of Lusk, Windham, Pichon and Tortelli agitated for success. Ward, Albertyn and 250 rookie Robbie Reynard made up team Suzuki with Emig, Huffman and the 125 hotshot moving up the the 250s, a young but heavily hyped Ricky Carmichael in as the third factory Kawasaki rider.
Yamaha had Dowd and Button in the factory team alongside McGrath who was under his own awning with teammate Steve Lamson. Then you had Noleen Yamaha mounted Tim Ferry and Suzuki privateer Phil Lawrence.
Added to that list was then GP rider David Vuillemin, over for some 250 supercross experience before he went Stateside full time in 2000, Yamaha of Troy’s Stephane Roncada made a wildcard appearance on the big bike before going back to the 125 class as did FMF Honda’s Brock Sellards.
It was a field that oozed talent, factory bikes and amazing riders, watch round one at Anaheim from 1999 here:
Words: Jonathan McCready