Mister Motocross Series 1985

Mister Motocross Series 1985

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1985 Mister Motocross series - Leisk wins second title

1985 MISTER MOTCROSS SERIES - Broadford (VIC), MALLALA (SA), Toowoomba (QLD), Oran Park (NSW)
Jeff Leisk 1985 Mr Motocross winner with Craig Dack and James Deakin
1985 Reigning Mr Motocross Jeff Leisk 250cc Honda
1985 Western Classic presentation Jeff Leisk and Jimmy Ellis

Photos: [Left to right]  Jeff Leisk (WA, Honda) winning the final Mister Motocross round and overall series at Oran Park (NSW) with Craig Dack (NSW, 2nd) and James  Deakin (QLD, 3rd); Leisk scored maximum points in every race except one; and Leisk with Jimmy Ellis – one of his main challengers in 1985.

Leisk blitzes his second Mister Motocross title aboard a 250

The 1985 Mister Motocross (Mr. MX) series underwent a major change when the main event was switched to 250cc machinery and reduced to four rounds – at Broadford (Victoria), Mallala (SA), Toowoomba (QLD) and the new Oran park circuit (NSW).

This decision to switch from 500s to 250s was made to boost participation as Supercross events were now dominating the National scene and most riders now had the smaller machines so they could ride the one bike in both branches of the sport.

It was also considered at the time that more riders would be competitive on the 250s as against the larger 500cc machines.  But the change made little difference to the Honda rider from Western Australian, who proved to be as fast on the small bike with the reigning 1984 Mr. MX champion picking up from where he left off in 1985.

Heading into the season, four-times Mr. MX Champion Stephen Gall (Yamaha), who finished third in 1984, and US expatriate Jim Ellis were the main challengers for Leisk, with the American riding Yamahas for the new season.

But when the season got under way at Broadford on 28 April, it was clear that no other riders were in the same league as Leisk who convincingly won the opening round – scoring a maximum 60 points – and going onto to win his second title – only losing one moto all year.

The surprise packet at Broadford was Queenslander James Deakin who was second behind Leisk with 40 points with Ellis in third on 32 points. Ellis showed great speed, but a string of poor starts and machine problems restricted his performance in the opening round.

Leisk came within a whisker of his second clean sweep in round 2 at Mallala on 16 June. He easily won the first three motos and, had he not crashed in the first-turn in the fourth, he would have won this too – but had to settle for second.

After two rounds, Leisk rocketed ahead of the field ahead of Vaughan Styles (NSW, Honda) and David Armstrong (QLD, Kawasaki) who were second and third in South Australia.

At round three in Toowoomba, Jeff played it safe and only passed the leading riders when he considered it safe. But he still went on to score his second maximum 60-point win, ahead of Stephen Gall and David Armstrong in third.

With a point score lead double the nearest rider Vaughan Style, who was on 82 points, Leisk was declared Mr. MX 1985, despite one round remaining at the new Oran Park circuit in New South Wales.

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Going into the final at Oran Park, it was just a question of how much Leisk would win by. Although he started slowly in the first two motos, Leisk again won all races on the day to again score maximum points – blitzing the series winning 237 out of possible 240 points.

But despite Leisk’s dominance, two emerging riders showed promise for the future – Craig Dack (NSW, Yamaha) and James Deakin (QLD, Yamaha).
Dack put in a great performance at Oran Park to finish second on the day and the overall series. Likewise, Deakin finished third in the final and overall series after a consistent performance throughout the year.

Stephen Gall (NSW, Yamaha) and Jim Ellis (USA, Yamaha) had a disappointing series for their standards – rounding out the top 5 spots.

But with Leisk injuring his back the 1985 World Motocross des Nations at Galdorf in Germany, Ellis went on to win both the 125cc and 500cc Australian Motocross Championships that year at Noble Falls in Western Australia.

1985 Photo Gallery

Mr Motocross Poster 1985
1985 Mr Motocross - James Deakin (QLD, Yamaha) leads Jeff Leisk (WA, Honda)

[Left to right] 1985 Mister Motocross poster;  After two rounds, Vaughan Style was second to Jeff Leisk in the Mr. MX series; and James Deakin (QLD, Yamaha) leads Leisk (WA, Honda) in this moto, and went on to finish third in the series behind Leisk and Craig Dack (NSW).

1985 Mister Motocross Final Overall Points

Photo:  Jeff Leisk in 1985 getting ready for a race with US expatriate – Marty Moates

1985 Western Classic Winner - Jeff Leisk with Marty Moates

1. Jeff Leisk (WA, Honda, 237)
2. Craig Dack (NSW, Yamaha, 117)
3. James Deakin (QLD, Yamaha, 106)
4. Stephen Gall (NSW, Yamaha, 103)
5. Jim Ellis (USA, Yamaha, 84)

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