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Track for Anaheim to be 1986 Throwback

The second round of the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship will serve as ‘Throwback night’ dedicated to the legendary ’80s racing that helped establish the beginning of a new era in Supercross.
The Throwback night will feature a replica of the 1986 Anaheim track to celebrate the epic battle between Honda riders David Bailey and Rick Johnson. Bailey went on to win what is considered one of the greatest Supercross races of all-time while Johnson captured the championship that year.
“We based the Anaheim retro design on the 1986 Anaheim track for a few reasons,” said Dave Prater, director of Supercross, Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc. “First, 1986 is recognised as the beginning of the modern era of Supercross. The Production Rule was adopted in ’86 and has stood the test of 20+ years. Finally, the race is seen by many to be the greatest Supercross race of all time that featured Bailey and Johnson.”
Anaheim holds a special place in Bailey’s heart – and not only for hosting one of the greatest races of all time.
To show support for the race, many teams and riders will be outfitted with gear and bikes that that have an ’80s retro theme. Former AMA Supercross class champions Bailey and Johnson are working closely with Live Nation to help capture the nostalgic ’80s look and feel. The factory teams will display the ’80s works bikes that help pilot the era’s top racers to championships.