Australian Supercross Champion Andrew McFarlane

Australian Supercross Champion Andrew McFarlane

Australian Supercross Champion Andrew McFarlane

2000 Supercross Masters winner - Andrew McFarlane Team Kawasaki
2000 Andrew McFarlane Supercross - Team Kawasaki KX250, mechanic Rob Twyerould
Andrew McFarlane AMA Supercross - By Peter Coward

Photo: [Left] After switching to Team Kawasaki in 2000, Queensland racer Andrew McFarlane won the prestigious Australian Supercross Masters  series before  pursuing an international racing career – firstly in Europe, competing in the World Motocross Championships with Yamaha,  then heading over to the United States in 2006 [right, riding Suzuki’s in 2007] (By Peter Coward)

Andrew McFarlane - Australian Supercross Masters Champion and international racer

The late Andrew McFarlane from Brisbane in Queensland is one of Australia’s all-time great supercross and motocross racers, contesting the World Motocross Championships from 2000 to 2005 when he was second in the World MX 2 class, then moving from Europe to America to race in the AMA MX and SX Championships through to 2008.

McFarlane started dirt track racing at age 6, before taking up motocross.  He showed early promise and, in his first season in senior ranks, finished second in the State Queensland Championships.  

In 1995, at just 18 years of age, “Sharky”, as he was nicknamed, won both the Australian 125cc & 250cc Supercross Championships, creating history to be the first rider to achieve this feat.

McFarlane won the 1999 Australian 250cc Motocross Championship as a privateer on a Yamaha, with his dad Ron as mechanic, with 2000 being his breakthrough year! 

After joining the Kawasaki Racing team, he launched his international racing career after an inspiring performance at the 2000 World 500cc Motocross Grand Prix at Broadford, Victoria.  

In front of a 15,000-strong crowd, he kept the world’s best riders in his dust for more than 20 minutes, eventually finishing fourth overall.

With this performance, successfully defending his National 250cc Championship title (ahead of Michael Byrne and Chad Reed), as well as winning the prestigious Supercross Masters series that year, he was picked up by the Rinaldi Yamaha Factory Team and moved with his partner Natalie to Italy to contest the 2001 500cc World Motocross Championships in Europe.

With Broadford securing a second World Grand Prix, McFarlane returned home for the 500cc Grand Prix round, this time finishing second, going on to finish seventh in his first full season.

In 2002, McFarlane switched to the 250cc class and over the next three years he consistently finished overall in the Top 10 (8th 2002, 6th 2003 and 4th 2004) before becoming the Runner-up World MX2 Motocross Champion in 2005.

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Sharky's logo - Andrew McFarlane - By Peter Coward

The move from Europe to the USA

2005 Andrew McFarlane - Winner of the Matchams Grand Prix in Great Britain on 6 June (with insert)

After five Grand Prix seasons in Europe competeing in the World 500cc, then 250cc Championships, in 2006 McFarlane moved to the United States to compete for the Yamaha of Troy motocross team in the AMA motocross and supercross national championships, finishing 7th in the AMA MX and 28th in the AMA SX Lites West series.

In 2007, riding for Suzuki, McFarlane finished 13th in the AMA MX Championship, then switched to Kawasaki in 2008, finishing 14th in the AMA MX Championship and 24th in the AMA SX LITES W, after being plagued with injuries.

Photo:  Andrew McFarlane winning the Matchams Grand Prix in Great Britain on 6 June in 2005, when he became the runner-up World 250cc Champion before moving from Europe to the USA where he raced between 2006 to 2008.

Returning home to Australia to race

After 8 years racing internationally overseas, and now married to Natalie with a child, they returned home to Australia in 2009, with Andrew contesting the Australian MX2 Championship and finishing third as a privateer Yamaha rider.

At the start of the 2010 season Andrew announced it would be his final year in competition before taking a race team management role.  But sadly, just a few races before his retirement, he died of injuries sustained on 2 May 2010 in an accident during a practice lap at the third round of the 2010 Australian Motocross Championship at Broadford, in Victoria.

A member of seven Australian Motocross of Nations teams, Andrew “Sharky” McFarlane will always be remembered as one of this country’s greatest motocross and supercross racers and a pioneer of the sport, opening up opportunities for other young aspiring Australians to compete internationally.

In 2016, Andrew McFarlane was inducted into the Australian Supercross Hall of Fame.

2016 Aundrew McFarlane inducted into Australian Supercross Championship Hall of Fame

Photo and video gallery

2000 Andrew Mcfarlane, unknown rider and Peter Melton
2001 Australian Motocross des Nations Team Andrew McFarlane, Michael Byrne and Chad Reed
Andrew McFarlane - Second in the 500cc World Grand Prix Broadford 2001

Photos: [left] In 1995, at just 18, Andrew McFarlane (left) created history to win both the Australian 125cc and 250cc Supercross Championships in the same year, pictured here with the late Peter Melton (right); [centre] McFarlane at the 2000 Motocross des Nations in Belgium with Australian team members Michael Byrne and Chad Reed; and [right] celebrating a podium finish at the Australian 500cc Grand Prix in 2001, where he finishing 7th in his first full season.

1999 Melbourne Supercross Masters – 250 Final – egg449

2000 Brisbane Supercross Masters – 250 Final – egg449

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