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Mike LaRocco announces retirement

Published March 2nd, 2006

Info courtesy Denny Hartwig / Live Nation





Mike LaRocco’s 19-year professional racing career will end Saturday,
May 6, at the final round of the AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas.
LaRocco, 35, originally from South Bend IN, began his professional
career in 1988. Mike announced his intentions today about retirement
during the pre-race press conference at Indianapolis’ RCA Dome. He said
“I’ve had a long, great career in motocross and supercross, but it’s
time to call it quits. Unless you are winning, it’s hard to keep
racing.”



This weekend LaRocco and his eight-year-old son Ryder will both be racing in their respective divisions at the RCA Dome.



Ryder, an avid motocross racer, will be racing in the KTM Junior
Supercross Challenge, a three-lap race on KTM 50′s, featuring 7-8 year
old kids held during the intermission at the races.



Mike said “Watching Ryder race this weekend is exciting for me as a
father. Although, having both of us race in one night is going to be
tough, so I hired a mechanic for him because I will have a lot going on
as well. He has been to so many supercross races and has watched the
KTM race that I think he has all of the experience he needs.”



When asked who is going to have better results on Saturday night, Ryder
said, “My dad is going to do all of my chores if I do better than him.”





Mike has:



145 top-five finishes

81 podiums

Saturday will be his 229th AMA Supercross race



Other highlights:



First AMA National Motocross win was at Millville MN

First AMA Supercross win was in Las Vegas NV

1992 – Orlando supercross winner, three 125cc motocross wins, member of the championship-winning Motocross des Nations team

1993 – Orlando supercross winner, two 500cc motocross wins, 500cc
National Motocross Champion. Also won the San Bernardino AMA 250cc round

1994 – Won seven events in the 250cc National Championship, 250cc
National Motocross Champion. Three wins in supercross, member of the
Motocross des Nations team

1998 – St. Louis supercross winner

1999 – Won one round in the AMA National Championships (Unadilla), member Motocross des nations team

2000 – FIM World Supercross Champion

2002 – Anaheim supercross winner, US Open supercross winner

2004 – Indy supercross winner










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