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Australian Supercross Champion Kim Ashkenazi

Australian Supercross Champion Kim Ashkenazi

Australian Supercross Champion Kim Ashkenazi

Photos:  [Left and centre] Kim Ashkenazi raced for the Peter Jackson Yamaha Team between 1993-96, winning the 1994 Australian 250cc Supercross Masters Series; and [Right] In 1992, Ashkenazi  (30) won all National Championships in all classes and  represented Australia at the Motocross des Nations  at Manjimup (WA) – pictured here with Jason Marshall (28) and Dale Britton (29) and Australian Team officials (Peter Kitchingman).

Kim Ashkenazi - the first Australian to place in the US AMA Supercross series

New South Wales rider Kim Ashkenazi was introduced to the sport of motocross at an early age through his father Steve, who was Australian Motocross Legend Stephen Gall’s mechanic when he won four Mr. Motocross Championships in the late seventies – early eighties.

Kim won several Australian and NSW State Junior Motocross Championships and, after John Warrien from Silkolene sponsored him in 1990, the thought of becoming a professional motocross rider first entered his mind.

Two years later, Ashkenazi blasted his way in to senior motocross, creating history in 1992 aboard his Suzuki to win all classes – 125, 250 and 500s – in the Australian Motocross Championships, joining legends Gary Flood (VIC) and Jeff Leisk (WA), the only other riders to achieve this feat.

But Ashkenazi’s effort was even more amazing! Where Flood and Leisk made a clean sweep when the National titles were staged on a single day, he in the inaugural year when the Championships moved to a three-round series across the country – WA, SA and NSW.

That year he was rewarded with selection in the Australia Team for the 1992 World Motocross des Nations (MXDN’s) the year it was held at Cosy Creek, Manjimup in WA, riding in the 125cc class and went on to represent Australia at the MXDNs five years in a row.

Between 1993 and 1995, Ashkenazi switched from Suzuki to the Peter Jackson Yamaha Team, winning three more Australian titles – the 500cc class in 1993 and back-to-back 250cc Championships in 1994-95, taking his tally to six titles.

He was also having success in Supercross, winning the prestigious Australian Supercross Masters series in 1994. 

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Ashkenazi races in the United States

After competing at the 1994 San Diego Supercross in America, Ashkenazi returned to the US for a complete season in 1996 riding for the Bill’s Pipes Primal Impulse Honda Team with American Shaun Kalos.

Contesting the 1996 125 AMA SX West Series, twice he finished on the winner’s podium, finishing second at Gatorback Cycle Park on 3 March and at the High Point Raceway on 18 May 18, 1996 Suzuki. On this day Ashkenazi created history becoming the first Australian to podium in an AMA SX Championship series, finishing third.

After returning to Australia and winning his seventh and final Australian Championship aboard a 125cc Kawasaki in 2000 (excluding the 1998 National Thumper Series), Ashkenazi moved to the United Kingdom, where he won the 2001 British 125cc Supercross Championship.

In 2003, Ashkenazi switched to road racing and finished 16th overall in the British Supersport Championship, with his best finishes that season being a 5th place and two 9th places. He took up motocross again in 2009 when he moved back to Australia and made a return to racing in the New South Wales Motocross Championships.

Kim Ashkenazi’s last major motocross win came in 2011 when he won the Indonesian International SX Lites Championship.

Photo:  Kim Ashkenazi qualified for his first of five Australian Motocross des Nations teams at Manjimup  (WA) and went on to create international history at the 1996 AMA SX West Championships, where he became the first Australian to place in this US series (By Peter Kitchingman)

Ashkenazi's Supercross achievements

Kim Ashkenazi at 1993 MXDN’s in Austria.

1993 Australian MXDN team at Schwanenstadt, Austria - Kim Ashkenazi

1994
Australian 250cc Supercross Masters Champion

2001
British 125cc Supercross Champion

2011
Indonesian International SX Lites Champion

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1993 Sydney Supercross Masters

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