Australian Supercross Champion Craig Anderson

Australian Supercross Champion Craig Anderson

Australian Supercross Champion Craig Anderson

2001 Supercross Masters - Craig Anderson (with insert)
2012 Australian Supercross Newcastle - Craig Anderson's final ride with wife, Katrina, kids and Chad Reed - By Col Nelson

Photo: [Left] Four times Australian Supercross Masters  winner and three-times National SX Champion Craig Anderson in action; and [right] Ando’s farewell ride at the 2012 Australian SX round in Newcastle (NSW),  pictured here with his wife, Katrina, kids and cousin Chad Reed – By Col Nelson.

Craig Anderson - Multiple Australian Supercross Masters & National SX Champion

Craig Anderson, from Newcastle in New South Wales, is one of Australia’s most decorated motocross and supercross racers on home soil, having also ridden successfully internationally.

Throughout his 26 year racing career in the 1990s – 2010s era, “Ando” as he is commonly known, won 13 Australian motocross, supercross and junior titles and major races in Europe and the United States.

Anderson won his first Australian Supercross Masters in 1997, which was held over ten rounds at major stadiums and sporting grounds across the country.

Then when the winner of the prestigious Australian Supercross Master series was also awarded the National SX Championship, Anderson created history to win both titles in 1998, 2001 and 2002 – equaling the late Peter Melton’s record of three National Championships and becoming the first rider to win four Supercross Masters titles.

In 1999, Ando moved to Europe and was based in Germany for three years.  He won the International Supercross in Exeter (UK) and the King of Dortmund (Germany), achieving back-to-back wins at both these events in 2000.

After top performances in the German International Supercross Championship (2nd 1999, 4th 2000 and 3rd 2002) Anderson earned an invitation to race in the United States for the 2003 season.

During 2001 and in 2002 he also competed back home and, for the third time, he won all the Australian Championships, which he contested – the MX1 Motocross, Supercross and Thumpers.

In his first season in the United States, Anderson rode for Yamaha of Troy in the 250cc class, winning the Southwick round of the series and finishing seventh overall in the 2003 AMA Motocross Championship.  He also finished 14th in the AMA 125 SX West series.

That year, Ando was selected to represent Australia in the World Championship of Motocross in the US (a separate event to the MXDNs), alongside Michael Byrne and his cousin, multiple AMA and FIM World Champion Chad Reed.  Led by Reed with two wins, the Aussies were World Champions, one of Ando’s proudest achievements.

The following year he moved to the highly competitive open class where he went head-to-head with Reed, finishing the AMA MX season in 17th, after finishing 21st in the AMA SX Championship, before returning home to Australia.

Anderson represented Australia three times in the Motocross des Nations – in Slovakia (1995), Spain (1996) and the United Kingdom (1998).  He was also selected to represent Australia at the 2003 Motocross des Nations in Belgium on October 5, but withdrew to concentrate on securing his immediate racing future in America.

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Anderson returns home from the US

2003 YOT Craig Anderson at Southwick on winner's podium

Riding internationally for Yamaha and KTM throughout his career, he rode for the Honda Factory Team for four years through to 2008 when he returned home, where he was on track for another National MX1 title.  But a few DNF’s ruined his championship chances, which saw him grad slip down the leader board to fourth.

In 2009, Ando switched from Team Honda to Team Kawasaki and, after a frustrating year with his bike set up, finishing fifth in both the MX1 Australian Motocross and Supercross titles.

Then in 2010, he became a privateer for the first time in seventeen years, establishing his own Husqvarna racing team, which was supported by Al Gillian from CMNG Service, his dad Glenn and wife Katrina.

On Saturday, 17 November 2012, Ando had his last professional ride at the final round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championships in Newcastle , Sydney.

The Newcastle race was a fitting finish for Anderson.  It was the place where he had his first race at the age of 14 and it enabled the home crowd to send him off in style and see him battle for the last time against cousin Reed, who also grew up in Newcastle before his family moved to a farm in Kurri Kurri.

In his first season in United States in 2003, riding rode for Yamaha of Troy in the 250cc class, Australian Craig Anderson won the Southwick AMA MX round.

Photo and video gallery

AMA Supercross [L-R] Travis Pastrana, Chad Reed and Craig Anderson
2001 Supercross Masters - Craig Anderson
2012 Australian Supercross Championship Newcastle - Craig Anderson's final ride, with Chad Reed and Lee Hogan - By Col Nelson

Photos: [left] Craig Anderson on the podium at a Supercross Masters round with American Travis Pastrana (left) and Chad Reed (middle); [centre]  in action aboard a KTM’ and [right]  Ando saying farewell to fans at the 2012 Australian SX Championship in Newcastle – with Chad Reed and Lee Hogan (By Col Nelson)

Melbourne Wide World Sports story, featuring Danny Ham and Craig Anderson – Full Ham

2001 Supercross Masters, Adelaide Round, 250cc Final – Egg449

2009 SuperX – Chad Reed vs Craig Anderson – Flea9731

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