Marty Tripes was arguably the most talented rider of his
generation. He started racing when he was
12 years old and by the time he was 13, he was winning
local races on a regular basis.  In 1972, Marty, who was
only 16 years old at the time, shocked the motocross
Superbowl of Motocross in Los Angeles.  Motocross
would never be the same!  The following year, Marty
won the Superbowl again, this time aboard a factory
Honda.  Marty is best know for his stand up riding style
and ultra smooth technique.  Though Marty never won
a championship, his influence and popularity on
American
Motocross is forever etched in MX history.  Many of the
following photos are from Marty's personal collection.
 
Marty battling the elements in Orlando, Florida on Janruary 28, 1973. He won this race!
This was Marty before the race in Orlando, Florida........If he only knew what was coming!
Marty, physically beating by a hard day of racing......
A rare moment when Marty's feet weren't on the pegs!
Marty Tripes
Marty aboard his CZ at Jacksonville, Florida on February 4, 1973 during the Winter Series
St. Petersburg, Florida, February, 28, 1973.  Another first place finish for Marty!
Marty getting some air at Aroyo Cycle Park, December 1972
Aroyo Cycle Park, December 1972
Classic Marty Tripes..... feet on the pegs, hooked up and moving!  Bay Mare Cycle Park January 14, 1973.
1972 Superbowl of Motocross at the LA Coliseum.  What were you doing when you were 16 years old....... Marty was
making motocross history!
Marty during practice at the Houston, Texas Trans-AMA in October 1972
Trans-AMA race held at Honda Hills in Columbus, Ohio.  October 1972
Even Marty had to ride garbage like the rest of us..the only difference, he went very fast!
Marty on a works Honda circa 1973
Marty riding a virtually stock Husqvarna at the Hangtown 250 National.
A very young Marty Tripes on a sidepipe CZ