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Australian Supercross Champion Michael Byrne

Australian Supercross Champion Michael Byrne

Australian Supercross Champion Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne - Australian Supercross Masters winner 1999, Honda
Michael Byrne Supercross - By Peter Coward
Michael Byrne signing autographs - By Peter Coward

Photo: [Left] Queenslander Michael Byrne won the prestigious Australian Supercross Masters series in 1999 on a Honda before permanently moving to the United States to race in the AMX MX and SX series for more than a decade;  [top right] Byrne on a Suzuki, leading Australian World Supercross Champion Chad Reed (Yamaha); and  [bottom right] signing autographs for fans at an AMA Supercross event in 2012 (By Peter Coward).

Michael Byrne - Australian Supercross Masters Champion and international racer

Michael Byrne, from Queensland, is one of Australia’s all-time motocross greats, racing the Racing AMA SX and MX series for over a decade – between 2000 and 2014.

He won his first Australian Motocross Championship in 1998 in the 125cc class, finishing second to Chad Reed in the 250cc class the following year, in which he won the prestigious Australian Supercross Masters.

In 2000 Byrne won the National Thumper Series, earlier contesting some events in the United States before shining in the 2000 World 500cc Grand Prix at Broadford, then closing off the year with a brilliant performance at the Paris (Bercy) Supercross.

Byrne’s supercross skills drew the attention of former AMA SX and MX champ Jeff Emig, who signed the Australian for his TheEdgeSports.com Kawasaki team in 2001.  Byrne moved permanently to the United States that year and finished ninth overall in his first full AMX SX series, then the following year he raced with the Amsoil Honda outfit.

His amazing career has never been fully recognized or celebrated back home, being overshadowed by another Australian great – international superstar Chad Reed.  Reed who also turned professional in the US at the same time and would go onto to become Australia’s most successful Supercross and Motocross rider.

Byrne’s first AMA podium finish came on 22 February 2003, when he finished third in the 125 AMA SX round at Minneapolis aboard a Honda.  He became a very consistent top factory rider, finishing five times in the Top 10 in both the MX and SX series and achieving more than ten podium finishes, although he never broke through for a maiden overall victory.

Seven times he represented Australia in the Motocross des Nations – World Teams event between 1998 and 2009.  On 29 September 2002, he was a member of the Australia team with Chad Reed and Craig Anderson – winners of the World Cup of Motocross at Glen Helen in the United States.  The 2002 Motocross of Nations was originally planned to be held in California USA that year, but was canceled at the last moment and moved to Spain.  

Michael Byrne’s last professional ride in the United States was at Unadilla in the 450 AMA MX event on  9 August 2014, aboard a Kawasaki.

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2001 Supercross Masters podium winners in Adelaide - Cameron Taylor, Michael Byrne and Craig Anderson
2001 Australian Motocross des Nations Team Andrew McFarlane, Michael Byrne and Chad Reed
Michael Byrne Motocross

Photos: [left] Podium placegetters at the 2001 Supercross Masters podium winners in Adelaide – Cameron Taylor (2nd), Michael Byrne (1st) and Craig Anderson  (3rd); [centre] 2001 Australian Motocross des Nations Team at Namur in Belgium – Andrew McFarlane, Michael Byrne and Chad Reed (By Geoff Meyer); and [right] Byrne at an AMA Supercross event in 2012.

2001 Adelaide Supercross Masters, 250 Final – egg449

2002 World Cup of Motocross – Glen Helen Raceway – The Mind Champion

MXTV Chats with Michael Byrne – MXTV

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