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Australian Supercross Champion Eddie Warren

Australian Supercross Champion Eddie Warren

Australian Supercross Champion Eddie Warren

American Eddie Warren Supercross - By Peter Kitchingman
Eddie Warren being interviewed at a Supercross Masters round down under

Photo:  [Left] Eddie Warren won the 1987 Burswood Supercross in Perth (WA) then returned permanently to race and live in Australia (By Peter Kitchingman);  A week after Burswood, promoter Phil Christensen contracted “Fast Eddie” to race in the Adelaide round of the Supercross Masters.

Two-times Australian Masters Supercross Champion - "Fast Eddie" Warren

American and Australian Supercross Champion Eddie Warren from Michigan in the United States is one of Australia’s all-time great supercross and motocross racers.

The 1985 AMA 125 ESX Supercross Champion first raced in Australia at the 1987 Burswood Supercross in Perth (WA), coerced by Jeff Leisk who was racing with Eddie Warren in the USA, with Leisk’s father – the late Bob Leisk the race promoter, along with the late Kim Parsons.

After winning at Burswood, promoter Phil Christensen invited Warren to contest a round of the Supercross Masters in Adelaide.  He liked Australia so much and got on so well with a bunch of West Aussies, so six months later he migrated to Australia. 

Basing himself in Rockingham (WA), Warren raced across Australia, including the final round of the 1988 Mr Motocross series at Oran Park in New South Wales.

The following year Warren won the 1989 Australian 250 and 500cc Motocross Championships at Acusa Park in South Australia, also finishing third in the 125cc class – riding for the Sydney-based Kawasaki West Team, managed by Alan Tomkins.

As the reigning Australian 250 and 500cc Champion and National 125cc Supercross Champion, Warren was hoping for a better deal from Kawasaki for the up-coming 1990 season.  But with Kawasaki refusing to up their contract offer, he decided to switch to Team Castrol KTM.

The long time Kawasaki rider, however, found it hard adjusting to the new bike.  After many breakdowns, crashes and limited success, Eddie decided to leave the new team and went back to the same deal at Kawasaki, but with added support from Castrol, Sinisalo, Dunlop and other personal sponsors.

By mid-season he was back in peak form winning both the 125cc and 250cc classes on the one weekend in the Melbourne round of the Supercross Masters.

Having twice finished on the podium in this prestigious National series behind the inaugural winner Glen Bell in 1989 and Craig Dack in 1990, Warren bounced back to win the 1991 250cc National Supercross and Masters titles.

That same year, Warren also won the FIM Pan Pacific Supercross and Queensland Supercross Championships, winning all rounds, except the season opener in Mackay (QLD), which was won by up and coming teenage sensation Anthony Gobert (NSW Kawasaki).

When Warren competed at the Osaka Supercross in Japan later that year, Factory Kawasaki enticed him to contest the 1992 All-Japan Motocross Championship. In his first year Warren, who was still based in Australia, won the National Japanese title.

Finding the continual flying to Japan difficult, Warren moved to Japan for two years and finished runner-up in 1993 and 1994 in the National Japanese series. The big money he made in Japan helped set him up, purchasing a home and becoming an Australian citizen.

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Warren returns from Japan to Australia

1995 Manjimup 15000 winner Eddie Warren USA - By Peter Kitchingman

Eddie Warren – 1996 Manjimup 15000 winner  (By Peter Kitchingman)

In 1995, Warren won the prestigious Manjimup 15000 in WA – his second Supercross Masters series – and was third in the new National Motocross Series, won by Kim Ashkenazi (NSW, Suzuki). 

Soon after that event, he injured his ankle in a racing crash and retired from motocross , after a career spanning 24 years. Amazingly, throughout his entire career, he never once broke any bones.

Sadly, his wife Tammy passed away from an aneurism and he had to raise his two daughters alone for a while, later re-marrying and acquiring four step-daughters, initially working on the Railways for 10 years. 

He now lives in Glen Innes in New South Wales and works for the recycling industry, having worked here for 15 years.

Eddie Warren's racing achievements

1992 Eddie Warren celebrating his win in round 3 of the Supercross Masters Series in Adelaide

1992 Eddie Warren celebrating his win in round 3 of the Supercross Masters Series in Adelaide

International (USA)

1985
6th AMA Motocross 125

1986
7th AMA Motocross 125

1987
9th AMA Motocross 125
7th AMA Supercross 250

Australia

1987
1st Burswood Supercross – Perth, WA

1989
Australian 250cc Motocross Champion – Acusa Park, SA
Australian 500cc Motocross Champion
3rd Australian 125cc Motocross Championship
Australian 125cc Supercross Masters Champion
Australian 125cc Supercross Champion

1990
Australian 125cc Supercross Champion
Australian 125cc Supercross Masters Champion
3rd Australian 125cc Motocross Championship – Monza Park, VIC
3rd Australian 500cc Motocross Championship

1991
Australian 250cc Supercross Masters Champion
FIM Pan Pacific Supercross Champion
Queensland Supercross Champion 

International (Japan)

1992
All-Japan Motocross Champion

1993
Runner-up All-Japan Motocross Champion

1994
Runner-up All-Japan Motocross Champion

1995
Manjimup 15000 winner
Australian 250cc Supercross Masters Champion
3rd Australian 250cc Motocross Championships 

Photo and video gallery

1987 Burswood Supercross winners Jeff Leisk (2nd), Eddie Warren (1st) and Glen Bell (3rd)
Eddie Warren USA - Supercross action aboard a Kawasaki
990 Eddie Warren - Castrol KTM

Photos: [Left]  1987 Burswood Supercross winners Jeff Leisk (2nd), Eddie Warren (1st) and Glen Bell (3rd); [centre] In 1991 Warren won the National 125cc and Supercross Masters titles, going on to win two 250cc Supercross Masters series in 1992 and 1995; and [right] Warren in 1990, riding  briefly for the Castrol KTM Team, before switching back to Kawasaki.

1989 MELBOURNE SUPERCROSS – Bell wins final over visiting US riders, including Eddie Warren

1990 MELBOURNE SUPERCROSS (125cc) – Warren wins round, and overall series – Egg449

1990 MELBOURNE SUPERCROSS (250cc) – Warren wins both classes – Egg449

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