Gerrit Wolsnick Honored
This past weekend, Southern California Supercross fans were able to see another installment of the 2016 Legends and Heroes Supercross Moto Museum Tour in San Diego for round six of the Monster Energy Supercross, at Petco Park. The SD2 SX round featured the Legends and Heroes tour, which honored five-time United States Grand Prix winner Gerrit Wolsink.
Born and active in MX long before most readers born, the Dutchman was a professional Grand Prix MX racer that competed in the world championship series in the 70s. Some may remember him as the five-time winner of the 500cc U.S. Grand Prix at Socal’s famed Carlsbad Raceway. He claimed victory at those events from 1974 to 1978, which surprised many considering that he was known as a sand specialist.
Wolsink had an unusual education background for someone of the MX world, and that would be dentistry. However, he chose a life in MX over filling cavities – and MX was obviously a much better fit. He got his start in the Grand Prix circuit aboard a Maico as a privateer. In ’74, he was offered a spot on the Suzuki factory racing team as Roger DeCoster’s teammate. Gerrit Wolsink finished third in the 500cc world championship in 1975 and 1977 and second in 1976 and 1979.
The man himself was on hand at the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum display Saturday at the Monster Energy Party in the Pits in San Diego, California. While there, he accepted his Legends and Heroes Award presented by six-time AMA Champion Broc Glover on the Monster Energy Supercross podium.
For more information, visit the Legends & Heroes Tour visit.