Leisk podiums at Hollister in his first Motocross Grand Prix

Leisk podiums at Hollister in his first Motocross Grand Prix

Leisk podiums at 1988 US Motocross Grand Prix

1988 Jeff Leisk Hollister US Grand Prix

Photos:  [Left to right] Jeff Leisk leads reigning World Motocross Champion Eric Geboers in Moto 2 of the World 500cc Motocross Championships in the United States;  Leisk’s first ever Grand Prix  in Hollister aboard a Honda; and video highlights of the race (Motocross Race Vault).

Leisk wins Moto 2 at Hollister Grand Prix to finish on the podium in his first attempt

On 26 June 1988, Jeff Leisk won the second moto of the World 500cc Motocross Championships at Hollister in the United States and finished third overall to secure a podium finish in his first Grand Prix.

Leisk from Perth in Western Australia, placed 6-1 in Round 7 of the World 500cc Motocross Championship to finish third overall behind reigning world champion Eric Geboers (Belgium, Honda) and Dave Thorpe (UK, Honda).

Leisk was competing in the US at the time and given the opportunity to compete against the world’s elite riders in the premier 500cc class aboard a factory Honda. And he grabbed the opportunity with both hands!

His performance, enabled him to secure a lucrative contract with the Honda Factory Team for the 1989 500cc World Championships.
Geboers overall victory at Hollister was the first time in five years that the Americans were beaten on home soil. The Belgium was the most consistent rider on the day with a 3-2 finish.

Great Britain’s Dave Thorpe won the first moto and placed 1-5 to finish second overall, just ahead of Leisk in third (6-1).

The highest placed Americans on the day were US legends and Yamaha riders Broc Glover and Jeff Stanton.

Glover won the holeshot in Moto 2 and, after dropping his bike about 20 minutes into the race, Leisk was able to bridge the gap and overtake him to win, with Geboers also passing Glover at the finish.

That year Geboers went onto secure-back-to-back world championships, with Thorpe and Leisk finishing 1-2 in 1989.

1988 World 500cc Motocross Grand Prix Results Hollister, United States

26 June 1988

1. Eric Geboers (Belgium, Honda)
2. Dave Thorpe (UK, Honda)
3. Jeff Leisk (Australia, Honda)
4. Jacky Vimond (Belgium, Yamaha)
5. Broc Glover (US, Yamaha)

Moto 1
1. Dave Thorpe (UK, Honda)
2. Jacky Vimond (Belgium, Yamaha)
3. Eric Geboers (Belgium, Honda)
4. Mark Banks (UK, Honda)
5. Kees Vane der Ven (NL, KTM)
6. Jeff Leisk (Australia, Honda)

Moto 2
1. Jeff Leisk (Australia, Honda)
2. Eric Geboers (Belgium, Honda)
3. Broc Glover (US, Yamaha)
4. Kurt Nicol (UK, Kawasaki)
5. Dave Thorpe (UK, Honda)

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