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Frenchman Bayle wins 1989 Tokyo Supercross

Frenchman Bayle wins 1989 Tokyo Supercross

Frenchman Bayle wins 1989 Tokyo Supercross

Supercross - Jean Michel Bayle, Jeff Leisk and Glen Bell
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Photos: Top performers at the 1989 Tokyo Supercross – winner Frenchman Jean Michel Bayle (pictured here at the Manjimup MXDN in 1992 and top insert) and Aussies Jeff Leisk (middle) and Glen Bell (bottom) –  (Main photo By Peter Kitchingman)

Frenchman Bayle wins Tokyo Supercross in Japan, with two Aussies in the Top 6

On 19 November 1989, Frenchman Jean-Michel Bayle became the second major international motocrosser to win the famous Tokyo Supercross, with Australians Glen Bell and Jeff Leisk finishing in the Top 6.  American Rick Johnson, who finished second to Bayle on 19 November 1989, became the first to win the event back in 1982.

Rick Johnson, who finished third to Bayle on 19 November 1989, became the first American to win the event back in 1982.

Honda riders dominated in 1989 with reigning World 250cc Motocross Bayle winning ahead of Johnson in second, with Bell and Leisk finishing overall in fifth and sixth places, respectively.

It may not have been a win for Bell, but he credits this result as one of his proudest moments against the World’s best motocross riders, including Amercians Johnson, Ward – who finished third aboard a Kawasaki – and Yamaha riders Damon Bradshaw, Micky Dymond and Mike LaRocco.

Although Bell competed in many International events throughout his illustrious career, he was always based in Australia. 1989 was the year Leisk was the Runner-up World 500cc champion.

Bayle – who competed three years later down under at the 1992 Motocross des Nations at Manjimup – collected 1.5 million Yen for his win in Japan, more than $15,000 (AUS).

A week earlier, Jeff Ward won the Osaka Supercross in Japan on 12 November 1989, with Bell and Leisk finishing in the Top 10 – eighth and ninth, respectively.

Results -
1989 Tokyo Supercross, Japan

TOP TEN
1. Jean-Michel Bayle (France, Honda)
2. Rick Johnson (USA, Honda)
3. Jeff Ward (USA, Kawasaki)
4. Damon Bradshaw (USA, Yamaha)
5. Glen Bell (AUS, Honda)
6. Jeff Leisk (AUS, Honda)
7. Ron Tichenor (US, Suzuki)
8. Jeff Matiassevich (US Kawasaki)
9. Micky Dymond (USA, Yamaha)
10. Mike LaRocco (US, Yamaha)

1989 Tokyo Supercross (in Japanaese)

Reference: Cycle News Magazine – Frenchman Bayle wins 1989 Tokyo Supercross

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