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  • Writer's picturePete Noneman

Mark Gregson


Like so many racers of the era, Mark’s start came from a father that was interested in the sport. His Honda SL100 led to a Yamaha AT- 3 and eventually a pair of Kawasaki’s as the young racer made his mark on motocross. Competing in the Northwest against riders like Rick Burgett and Chuck Sun, Gregson was able to beat Sun in local competition and set his sights on professional motocross.

Now aboard a Suzuki, Mark set off on the national tour in 1978 in the 125cc MX. As a privateer, mark scored solid results against the factories including four top-ten overalls including a podium with third overall at Agency Motocross in St Joseph, MO.

In 1979, Mark moved up to the 250cc class aboard his LOP Yamaha. He would go on to score seven top-ten finishes and fifth overall in the final series standings. The only racers ahead of Mark in the series were factory stars Bob Hannah, Kent Howerton, Marty Tripes and Jimmy Weinert. Mark was the first privateer.

At a time when works equipment was a significant advantage this Pacific Northwest privateer from Salem OR showed the skills and determination to compete at the top level and succeed.

Today Mark is the production manager for a large building material supplier that supplies asphalt, concrete and rock products to all of Oregon. He’s been with the company for the last 25 years.


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