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AMX History - June 2024

May - A big month for Aussie motocross riders at home and internationally

At the half-way stage of the 2024 Penrite Australian ProMX series, only one point separates the leaders in the premier MX1 class – Kyle Webster and Jed Beaton.

Boost Mobile Honda Racing’s Kyle Webster won two of the three Thor MX1 races to take the 25-26 May 2024 Maitland round win on a countback over title rival Jed Beaton (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy), with Saturday’s Moto 1 winner, Nathan Crawford (KTM Racing Team), just one point further back and third in the Championship series.

As we head to Murray Bridge in South Australia on 23 June, Webster and Beaton remain in a titanic battle for the overall Championship lead (202 points to 201) ahead of Crawford – 25 points further back on 176.

With Australian motocross rider Jett Lawrence wrapping up the 2024 AMA 450cc Supercross Championship in Utah on 11 May 2024 in his rookie season in that class and taking out “Rookie of the Year”, he and his older brother Hunter didn’t have much time to celebrate their AMA Supercross successes with the AMA Pro Motocross series kicking off in Pala, California on 26 May.

The Aussie brothers could not have got the season off to a better start – finishing 1-2 on their Honda’s with Jett comfortably winning both motos to equal James Stewart’s run of 24 consecutive race wins in the 450cc AMA Pro class.  In his rookie season debut in this class, Hunter (2-3) and KTM rider Chase Sexton (4 – 2) joined Jett on the podium.

But round 2 at Hangtown on 1 June was a disaster for Jett, crashing heavily on a long triple jump while leading moto 1 and ending his chance of extending his unbeaten run.  With both his body and machine battered and bruised, a brave Jett rejoined the race but was unable to finish in the points.

Jett started well in Moto 2 but was in clear discomfort and only able to muster up 15 points, gradually dropping back to sixth.  Starting dead last after crashing on the first corner, Moto 1 winner Sexton raced from last to first to pass KTM teammate Aaron Plessinger in Moto 2 right on the finish line in a remarkable achievement to now lead the overall Championship.

Hunter Lawrence finished 2-4 to finish second overall on the day and in the Championship on 80 points, 10 points behind Sexton and 13 ahead of Plessinger. Reigning champion Jett Lawrence slipped to sixth overall on 66 points.  But with 9 rounds still remaining should make up ground on the leaders.

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Coming up in 2024

In addition to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious Mister Motocross series in the 1970s and 1980s, AMX History will continue to promote the Australian Team fundraiser for the 2024 Motocross of Nations training event leading up to it on 3 August at the Queensland Moto Park. 

Work is also progressing on capturing the history of Australia’s longest and most successful annual motocross – the Harley Scramble – which regularly drew crowds between 10,000 to 20,000 people each year between 1928 and 1964.

Thanks for supporting AMX History and continuing to contribute photos, results and stories to preserve the history of our exciting sport.  We welcome your feedback, ideas and nominations for any rider feature stories not already covered.

John Steyntjes
AMX History Author

Help the Australian MXoN's team go one better in 2024!

Training course fundraiser at Queensland Moto park on 3 August 2024

2023 Motocross des Nations Ernee France - Australia 2nd - Motorcycling Australia - Alex Kelly Photos

Riders across the country are invited to a training day with Stephen Gall, Jeff Leisk, Craig Dack and Glen Bell!

On 3 August 2024 at the Queensland Moto Park, Motorcycling Australia will hold a fundraiser for the 2024 Motocross of Nations. 

All money raised at the motocross training day with Australian jumps legends Stephen Gall, Jeff Leisk wil lgo towards the 2024 Australian MXoN’s team to help boosy our chances of winning the World Team’s event for the first time.

Craig Dack and Glen Bell, with complementary wise counsel from current ProMX Championshipfactory racers Dean Ferris, Kyle Webster, Jed Beaton and Todd Waters will also be there.

Penrite ProMX Series points and reports

Photo: Penrite ProMX 2024 Australian Championships  Thor MX1  leader Kyle Webster  (WA, Honda) by Foremost Media

2024 Rounds

1 – Mar 17, Wonthaggi (VIC)
2 – Apr 7, Horsham (VIC)
3 – May 5, Gillman (SA)
4 – May 26, Maitland (NSW)
5 – Jun 23, Murray Bridge (SA)
6 – Jul 21, Toowoomba (QLD)
7 – Aug 11, MX Farm Gympie (QLD)
8 – Aug 17/18, Queensland Moto Park Coulson (QLD)

Blasts from the Past - Your contributions

1972 Motocross Programme - Bihamco Park, Pakenham - Round 1 of Victorian Championships
PROGRAM COVER 1972 STATE VICTORIAN SCRAMBLE CHAMPIONSHIP COVER

During May, Bill Ronald shared this program cover from the 1972 State Victorian Scrambles Championship featuring an autographed photo by Australian Champion Geoff Taylor

1988 AMA Motocross National - Broc Glover and Jeff Leisk
american and aussie motocross legends glover and leisk at hangtown in 1988

Johner Knight shared this photo of American motocross legend Broc Glover and Jeff Leisk at the 1988 AMA Pro Motocross round at Hangtown in the US.

Updated Australian Motocross Champions List

1994 Australian Team Motocross of Nations Ruggenburg Switzerland - Lee Hogan Honda 500cc

Photo – 1994 Australian 500cc Champion Lee Hogan (Honda – WA/Vic) in action at the Motocross des Nations in Roggenburg, Switzerland 

Click on the banner (right) to view the updated Australian Motocross Champions list up to 2022, featuring first to third place-getters.

When AMX History was originally established two years ago, its aim was to capture all the results back to the very first event at Korweinguboora – Daylesford in Victoria in 1953.  Thanks to your help, we now have a complete list of all champions and are only missing the placings from the Australian 500cc Championships between 1994 to 1996.

Do you have any memories or information of the 1994-1996 Australian 500cc titles – who placed, where they were held or when? Maybe, you have a report or photos from these event that you could share!

During that era, the 125cc and 250cc Championship had just moved to a series, but the 500cc class and Sidecars remained on one-day at different venues.  

The dominant 500cc riders were Glen Bell (1990-91 Australian Champion), Lee Hogan, (1994), Kim Ashkenazi (1992-93), Dale Britton and Shane Watts (1996) who went on to win the 1997 125cc World Enduro Championship.

Click  below to see the full statistics on Australia’s greatest ever  125cc, 250cc, 350cc, 500cc, Unlimited, MX1, MX2, MX3 and MXW racers, as well as the Sidecars, or to view the souvenir Australian Champions posters.  

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"It’s important to preserve the heritage of the sport and where it came from – so people can enjoy their era again and the young people can see what it was like."

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Australian motocross champions

Australian Motocross Champion Jeff Leisk

West Australian Jeff Leisk was the first Australian to place in the World Motocross Championships, finishing second in the 500cc class in 1989.  He competed during  the 1970’s to 1990’s and won a Junior World Championship in 1978 at age 13.  He twice won the prestigious National Mr Motocross  series before he headed over to  the US and Europe, opening the door  for other Australians.  He also won eight Australian Championships, including all classes at Mackay, Queensland in 1988.

Top International Australian competitors Jeff Leisk, Chad Reed and Andrew McFarlane picked up many Australian Motocross Championships between the 1980s and 2010.  

They would have won more championships had they remained in Australia.  The same applies to ‘all-time great’ Gary Flood who won eight Australian Titles while also racing scrambles and pursuing an International solo speedway career in England. 

The 1970s through to the early ’90s were possibly the ‘Golden era’ of Motorcycling in Australia peaking with the World Motocross des Nations, World 125cc Grand Prix being held in Manjimup, Western Australia in ’92 and ’93, respectively.  The West held three big International events each year during the eighties, with the prestigious Mr Motocross series in the Eastern States the pinnacle for national riders.

During this era New South Wales riders Glen Bell, Stephen Gall, Craig Dack and Kim Ashkenazi racked up a handful of National titles each.  

In earlier times, Ken Rumble (Vic), Ray Fisher (Vic) and Charlie West (WA) won the most Australian Championships in the 1950s to 1960s, with seven, seven, and six titles each, respectively.  Fisher and West too spent time racing in Europe.

The South Australians dominated the sidecar class for many years with Murray Williams winning nine titles in the 60s-70s and Barry Buckley eight in the 70s-80s.

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1992 MX des Nations Manjimup Western Australia

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World Motocross Champions

1975-77 Gaston Rahier 125cc World Motocross Champion in Australia

Gaston Rahier  from Belgium won three World 125cc Motocross Championships between 1975 and 1977.  In 1975, he was the first reigning World Champion to race in Australia competing in various events across Australia, including the National Championships in  Sanford, Tasmania.

World Motocross des Nations

Motocross des Nations - Australian Team 1992

The Australian Team in the 1992 World Motocross des Nations team at Manjimup, Western Australia – Jason Marshall (500cc), Dale Britton (250cc) and Kim Ashkenazi (125cc).  Team USA took out this event  winning 13 consecutive times between 1981 to 1993.

World Sidecarcross Champions

World Sidecarcross Champion Emil Bollhalder

Reigning Swiss World Sidecarcross Champion Emil Bollhalder toured Australia in 1984.  

He competed at and won both the King of the Cross (Southern Cross) and  Western Classic (Noble Falls) events in Western Australia after competing in a host of other events across Australia.

World Supercross Champions

World AMA Australian Supercross Champion

Australia’s own Chad Reed is the record holder for most main event starts in AMA Supercross history.  He had 228 starts as of 2018, with his career spanning almost 20 years.  He won the World Championships in 2004 and 2008.

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