Pierre Karsmakers was the first racer to claim the Supercross championship title in 1974. According to the AMA Motorcycle Museum, Karsmakers, aboard his Yamaha, took the Supercross title with a win at Daytona, a runner-up finish in Houston, and a fourth place finish in LA. In a 2014 Cycle World article, Karsmakers stated, “Supercross races are more like sprints… You have to leave the start gate at 100 percent and stay 100 percent committed until the checkered flag. That’s different from outdoors, where the races last longer, and they’re hotter or muddier. We were trained very well physically, but we had to conserve our energy during the race to be able to make the difference in the last 10 minutes. With Supercross, you can’t do that. You have to go full on, and you have to have really quick reflexes. I knew that I had to adjust my training by doing more intervals, rather than endurance training.” The Dutchman was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2014.