After a successful early career for the UK Kawasaki team, Thorpe switched to the Honda factory racing team in 1983. He emerged as a regular Grand Prix winner in 1984, and took his first world title in 1985.
Thorpe won his third title in 1989, following a thrilling season-long battle with Eric Geboers.
Thorpe remains the last British rider to have won the premier division of the motocross world championships.
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No Regrets - Dave Thorpe
Dave Thorpe – No Regrets is a look back at the career of the 3-time FIM 500cc Motocross World Champion – a feat no other British rider has ever achieved. This biography, recounts Dave’s career and provides an insight to what made him a triple world champion.The book looks back throughout Dave’s entire life, exploring where his passion for motorcycling started, the choices he made that defined his career and the relationship he had with his parents, other riders and teams, most notably Honda Racing (HRC).
"I WAS AN INDIVIDUAL SPORTSMAN"
I was always an individual sort of sportsperson really. While I could lend myself to being a team player in football or rugby, I liked the aspect in motocross of being in charge of my own destiny, so we decided to take up Honda UK’s offer.