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Motorhead (of the Race Track Patrol) actually cares what his boss thinks of him. He spends too much time on the battlefield making sure Barricade notices his victories, instead of defeating the enemy. This just makes Barricade yell at him more, but he's getting better all the time. So much that, in fact, his teammate Roller Force is prepared to take him down if he gets too big for his circuits.
- French name (Canada): Méninges
- Japanese name: Motorstar
Zone story pages
Motorhead and his comrades of the Race Track Patrol Team were originally Autobots, but defected to the Decepticons. Reasons for this are unknown, as a single descriptive sentence in a sidebar was the only "characterization" they ever received.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Motorhead was among the Micromasters created by the Autobots and Decepticons millions of years after the launch of the Ark. He was trained by the fearsome Bombshock and was persuaded by his star pupil, Barricade, to join the Decepticons. Motorhead and his team were sent to disrupt the Monster Truck Patrol's retrieval of the fallen Roadbuster, resulting in a firefight with their old comrades in the Hot Rod Patrol. Motorhead's sloppy shooting was berated by Barricade, and so he refocused his efforts—and shot his old friend Crunch. Shaken, Motorhead returned with his team to Decepticon HQ. Once there, Barricade became disgusted with Shockwave's indifference to the plight of the Micromasters and took his team to Little Iacon. En route, they encountered the similarly alienated Hot Rod Patrol, but a confrontation between the two teams was preempted by the vampiric Insecticons. The Micromasters tried to defend themselves, but were unable to stop the marauders until the timely intervention of Groundshaker, who departed with the Hot Rod Patrol. Motorhead and his comrades briefly met with Shockwave, but continued on to Little Iacon regardless. While relaxing at an underground bar, they met the Hot Rod Patrol again. Motorhead talked to Hubs, who informed him that Crunch had died. Although horrified by having made his first kill, he later watched a race between Roadhandler and Big Daddy with Hubs.
During the subsequent Insecticon raid on Little Iacon, Barricade made a deal with their leader, Venom, to help them find the Hot Rod Patrol. Motorhead openly questioned Barricade's decision, but was reassured when Barricade told him that he intended to betray the Insecticons once their own safety was assured. He said as much, but Barricade quickly silenced him, berating him once more for his weakness and indecisiveness. Upon their arrival in Decepticon HQ, they found the Decepticons planning for a massive assault. Summoned by Shockwave, they instead found themselves granted an audience by Skystalker and Skyhopper—standing upon the fallen form of Shockwave! Skystalker rallied the Decepticon Micromasters to his cause and sent the full-sized Decepticon troops to their deaths in a futile battle, a plan that disgusted Motorhead. Nevertheless, Motorhead and his comrades defended Skystalker's command post from a Countdown-led attack. With the Autobots helpless, Countdown tried to appeal to Motorhead's distaste for the Decepticon ideology, but had little success—until Barricade told him that he'd pressured him into fighting for the wrong team. Motorhead then joined the other Micromasters in a march on the battlefield where Skystalker had sent the Autobots and the Decepticons to die. By displaying Shockwave's corpse, they showed both factions that they had been manipulated.
- Race Track Patrol (Micromaster Patrol, 1990)
- Japanese ID Number: D-341
- Motorhead transforms into a yellow Chevrolet Corvette. He was only available in a four-pack with his teammates Barricade, Ground Hog and Roller Force.
- In Japan, the "Race Track Patrol Team" were the only Micro Transformer set to be marketed as Decepticons. They were released as part of the Zone line to serve as minions of Metrotitan.