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Leisk twice creates history at Paris Bercy Supercross

Leisk twice creates history at Paris Bercy Supercross

Leisk twice creates history at Paris Bercy Supercross

1989 Jeff Leisk at Burswood Supercross - By Adrian Kitchingman (with insert)

Photo: [left] 1989 Runner-up World 500cc Champion Jeff Leisk (WA, Honda) in action back at home in the Burswood Supercross (By Adrian Kitchingman), before [right] winning the  final night of the Bercy Supercross in Paris, France on 3 December (Video – The Motocross Race Vault)

Leisk becomes the first non-Amercian and Australian to win a night at Paris Supercross

On 3 December 1989, Jeff Leisk twice created history becoming the first Australian and non-American to win a night at the world famous Paris Supercross in France. 

American motocross legend Rick Johnson (Honda) was crowned the King of Bercy after scoring the best combined finishes at the Paris Supercross, held in the Bercy Stadium.  Johnson won the first of four nights of racing (29-30 November and 2-3 December) finishing 5-4-2 in the remaining three nights.

It was a history-making event with fellow countryman Damon Bradshaw (Yamaha) on night 2 becoming the youngest rider to win the Bercy Supercross.
A third American Larry Ward (Suzuki) won night 3, with Leisk (Honda) taking the victory on the big final night ahead of Johnson and local hero Jean-Michel Bayle (Honda, France) in second and third, respectively.

Frenchman, Yves Demaria, thrilled the home crowd while leading the final events at two nights. But it was Leisk who stole the limelight in Bercy VII – winning the final and finishing second overall, behind Johnson.

For the 1989 King of Bercy, the race organisers decided to add a fourth evening, with a break of one day between the second and the third evenings.  This enabled Bayle to compete, returning from Japan after his first big success in supercross. In the Tokyo Supercross the weekend before, he climbed three times on the podium, taking a nice second place behind Damon Bradshaw.  During the break between race-days 2 and 3, the circuit was modified and its direction reversed.

1989 was a big year for Jeff Leisk and hectic racing schedule after being crowned the runner-up World 500cc Motocross Champion in Switzerland on 27 August. Leisk represented Australia in the World Motocross des Nations at Gaildorf in Germany in September, returning to his home town in Perth to compete at the Burswood Supercross in October. 

Then in November, he contested the Osaka and Tokyo supercross events in Japan, before capping off the year on a high – winning the final night in Paris.

Results -
1989 King of Bercy, Paris (France)

KING OF BERCY NIGHT WINNERS
1. 29 NOV – Ricky JOHNSON (USA, Honda)
2. 30 NOV – Damon BRADSHAW (USA, Yamaha)
3. 2 DEC – Larry WARD (USA, Suzuki)
4. 3 DEC – Jeff LEISK (AUS, Honda)

KING OF BERCY OVERALL WINNERS
1. Ricky JOHNSON (USA, Honda)
2. Jeff LEISK (AUS, Honda)
3. Damon BRADSHAW (USA, Yamaha)

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