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Jim Pomeroy
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Born:  1952 Died:  August 6, 2006 Hometown:  Yakima, Washington Wife:  Linda

Jim Pomeroy, son of Don Pomeroy, was the first American to win a World Championship Motocross event.  He won the Spanish Grand Prix in 1973, his debut in the series, at the age of 20.  He retired from the tour in 1980.

After his retirement from the series he worked with young riders at motocross schools.

He died when his 1979 Jeep CJ5 went off the road near Tampico, Washington.  It hit a telephone pole wire and landed on its side.  Investigators said that the accident was caused by driver inattention.  His daugher, Jamie, 9 years old at the time, was injured and treated at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and released.

His accomplishments include:

  • 1999 inductee to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame

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