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The Vault / Falta's Superbowl Winning 1974 CZ 250

In the ‘60s, CZs were legendary at the hands of Joel Robert and Roger DeCoster. By the ‘70s, both had switched to Suzuki, and Japanese bikes were threatening decades of European dominance. The works CZ, while considered trick, was also quite heavy compared to these new competitors. But for one last moment in the spotlight, in 1974, Factory CZ rider, Jaroslav Falta, came to the United States and reminded the world that CZs were built to win, capturing the Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Coliseum in front of 65,000 cheering fans.

Jaroslav Falta by all rights should have been the 1974 FIM World Champion, but politics played a part in the 1974 world Championship. Falta was leading the championship coming into the final race in Switzerland. He was locked in a battle with Russian CZ factory rider Guennady Moiseev. Falta needed to finish both moto’s in second place to secure the championship. During the first moto Moiseev was having mechanical problems, as Falta came by to lap him, Moiseev ran into him knocking him down. Falta remounted and managed to finish 3rd. In the second moto, Moiseev was again having mechanical problems and his team mates Russian CZ riders Popenko, and Rybaltchenko, allowed Falta to lap them so they could have an opportunity to take Falta out. Falta passed Harry Everts and Gaston Rahier to take the win. Falta left Switzerland victorious and the World Champion.

After Falta left the event the Russian team filed a complaint with FIM officials. The complaint was upheld and the Championship was awarded to Moiseev.