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Old 06-18-2015, 03:04 PM   #1
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Vet this family story

Background: I started racing flattrack around 1979 in Indiana, first on a 50cc Ronchino, then on a 60cc Yamaha. When the first liquid-cooled Kawasaki KX80 came out (which I believe would have been around 1982) I moved up to that.

I was talking bikes this weekend with my uncle who built all the bikes and took me racing. He's 80 but still has a memory like you wouldn't believe. He was saying that when he got that KX80 there were only two that Kawasaki sent to this area. He made sure I got one, and the other went to a kid from northern Indiana who raced motocross and went on to ride pro. He couldn't remember the name, but was pretty sure it was Rocky or Rocco or something. The timeline and the geography line up for it to have been Mike LaRocco, I was just curious if that seemed to make sense to anyone.
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:17 PM   #2
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According to this, Mike Larocco was on a Yamaha 60/80 in 1982 and 1983. Of course, that could be entirely erroneous too but checking against records for other young racers it seems to be correct. It could have been his personal bike, rather than his race bike too.

https://llvault.racerxonline.com/rid...-larocco/races
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:36 AM   #3
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According to this, Mike Larocco was on a Yamaha 60/80 in 1982 and 1983. Of course, that could be entirely erroneous too but checking against records for other young racers it seems to be correct. It could have been his personal bike, rather than his race bike too.

https://llvault.racerxonline.com/rid...-larocco/races
What a cool source, I had no idea the records were out there like that.
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:44 PM   #4
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According to this, Mike Larocco was on a Yamaha 60/80 in 1982 and 1983. Of course, that could be entirely erroneous too but checking against records for other young racers it seems to be correct. It could have been his personal bike, rather than his race bike too.

https://llvault.racerxonline.com/rid...-larocco/races
Cool site, thanks for the link.
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