2011 is just around the corner but we thought we’d take a moment to look back and remember some of the figures in the motorcycle industry we lost in 2010.

Danny “Magoo” Chandler

Motocross legend Danny “Magoo” Chandler was one of the most popular racers in the ’80s. Chandler was the first rider to win both the Motocross des Nations and the Trophee des Nations in the same year. Chandler was paralyzed after a crash in a race in 1985 but continued to make an impact by promoting mountain bike races and supporting the drug awareness program DARE. Chandler passed away from illness May 4 at the age of 50.

US Highland Executives

Mats Malmberg, President and Founder

Chase Bales, Chief Operating Officer

Damian Riddoch, Chief Financial Officer

Up-and-coming motorcycle manufacturer US Highland lost three of its key executives in a July 10 plane crash outside Tulsa, Okla. Malmberg (41), Bales (51) and Riddoch (37) were returning to Oklahoma on a private Cessna after a business meeting in Michigan. US Highland had just recently opened a new facility and announced plans to build electric motorcycles.

Peter Lenz

Peter Lenz was a promising young racer from Orlando, Fla. The youngest Expert licensed racer in American Federation of Motorcyclists history, Lenz died in the warmup lap for a USGPRU at the 2010 Indianapolis Grand Prix on Aug. 29 at the age of 13.

Matt Dieckmann

The founder of Electric Race Bikes, Matt Dieckmann will be remembered as one of the pioneers of electric motorcycles. Electric Race Bikes competed in the inaugural North American TTXGP championship. Dieckmann died Aug. 30 in a crash while testing a new electric motorcycle. He was 29.

Shoya Tomizawa

A popular figure in the MotoGP paddock for his sunny smile, Shoya Tomizawa was a successful racer in the All Japan Road Race Championship. After competing in the 250cc Grand Prix class in 2009, Tomizawa raced in the new Moto2 class in 2010, winning the first ever race for the new class at the Losail circuit in Qatar.  Tomizawa died in a crash in a Moto2 race at the Sept. 5 San Marino Grand Prix. Eventual Moto2 Champion Toni Elias nominated Tomizawa for the 2010 Michel Métraux Trophy for best privateer racer in the Moto2 and 125cc class, a decision that was met with unanimous approval. Tomizawa was 19.

Eyvind Boyesen

Eyvind Boyesen’s dual-stage reeds are one of the most popular aftermarket parts on the market. The noted two-stroke engine tuner founded Boyesen Engineering and holds more than 40 different patents. Boyesen passed away Nov. 17 just days before he was to be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He was 68.

  • Scott Heidbrink

    You forgot Rich Eierstedt, former Factory Honda MX rider

  • Nice pic of Eyvind Boyesen. Bad day 17 Nov 2010

  • Neil Ghuman

    Now that is hilarious.

  • Alex Kovnat

    I am shocked that a 13 year old was allowed to be in a position where unfortunately, he was killed on a racing scoot.

    Now regarding the unfortunate deaths of three key executives in a plane crash: What was the cause? Pilot error? Something going wrong with the plane? Weather?

    Enthusiasts of airplanes and motorcycles have in common one thing if nothing else: The objects of their affections are DANGEROUS!

  • so heinous

    Alex K, please keep your comments to yourself, if you don’t have anything nice to say just shut it…who are you to tell a kid he can’t chase his dream and do what he loves?

    Dennis and rest of staff, thanks for making this guys!!

    To the guys whose pics are above, thanks for everything, we will miss you…

  • This is just so hard to remember and sad.