Pioneers Of Minnesota Motocross
Donny Schmit and Tom Benolkin

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This book examines the racing careers of Donny Schmit and Tom Benolkin, two Motocross racers from the unlikely state of Minnesota. Each in their own way would blaze the trail for future Minnesota-born champions Ryan Dungey and Jeremy Martin.

In the early 1970s, nearly all the top pros in the United States were from California. Minnesota was not where the factories scouted or even expected talent to come from. That would change in the 1980s because of these two riders.

Tom Benolkin, unknown to most outside of the Midwest, put in some great results against the nationís top professionals to earn a spot on Factory Kawasaki in the early 80s. He became a threat to win against the countryís best.

Donny Schmit took it even further. Schmit had a nine-year professional career, first in the US in the late 80s, then the Gran Prix circuit in the 90s. He rose to the heights of the Motocross world, but it was not without constant obstacles and challenges.

Follow Benolkin and Schmit on their journey to the pros, then take a long look at each of their professional seasons. They raced against Motocross legends such as Mark Barnett, Broc Glover, Jeff Ward, Stefan Everts, and Greg Albertyn, in a very dynamic period in the history of Motocross. There are also insights into topics such as the length of Benolkinís career and Schmitís move to the GPs in the 1990s.

The book also explores the earliest days of District 23, asking the question, ďWho was the first Minnesota Motocross rider to race against the top national pros?Ē It was a seemingly simple question that took the author to unexpected places.

These stories are told from the perspective of longtime fan of the sport, a former mediocre racer, a local moto-journalist, a more than occasional digresser, and a Minnesota homer to the core. He tells the riderís stories while mixing in some history of the sport, and reflecting on the effect that their accomplishments had on the riders and Motocross fans back in Minnesota.

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Tales of Minnesota Motorcycle Racing: The Best of MXBob
Race Stories and Musings from MXBob.com, circa 2001 Ė 2010

About the Author
Bob Chase is the founder of MXBob.com, a Minnesota Motocross website that dates back to the late 90s. From 2001-2010, the self-proclaimed Minnesota Motocross Historian was a regular District 23 Vet class competitor and an active contributor to Cycle News and Cycle USA. After his late-life racing days were over, his focus shifted to telling stories from the past, the common thread holding them together being Minnesota, dirt bikes, and competition. Looking back much more often than forward, and never taking anything too seriously, the stories may often take the scenic route rather than the interstate, but they never stray too far from the main point, guys going fast on dirt bikes, or trying to go fast in the authorís case.