Ask any motocross fan to name the greatest American racers of all time, and Bob “Hurricane” Hannah is sure to make the list. Hannah’s popularity helped the sport of motocross explode in the late 1970s, and on Friday, Nov. 19, he will be honored as a Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at the annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, announced the American Motorcyclist Association.
When Hannah was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, he had seven AMA National Championships to his credit, and was one of only two riders in the history of AMA racing to win championships in 125cc and 250cc motocross and Supercross competition.
His moniker, “Hurricane,” was bestowed on him in 1975 by a track announcer one year before the relatively unknown 19-year-old Californian stormed onto the professional racing scene. Hannah’s victory at the first round of the AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship at the famous Hangtown racetrack near Sacramento was the first of a record 70 that he would earn during his 15-year career.