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Motocross Champion Broomfield

Motocross Champion Broomfield

Australian Motocross Champion Paul Broomfield

Paul Broomfield competing in the Motocross des Nations
Paul Broomfield portrait
Paul Broomfield Trail and Track Magazine

Photos: The late Paul Broomfield won two  Australian Junior Motocross Championships, finished on the rostrum in both the Australian Motocross and Supercross titles and twice represented Australia in the Motocross des Nations. He also wrote for Australian motorcycle magazines, testing new bikes.

 

Broomfield - A top Junior and Senior Motocross racer

AMX History website pays tribute to the late Paul Broomfield, who sadly died on 13 April 2011 of a rare blood disorder, aged 35.

Originally from Western Australian, Paul was a two-time Australian Junior Motocross Champion, Australian Thumper Nationals Champion, Runner-up Australian 125cc Champion and finished third in the Australian Supercross Championships.  He also won two WA State 125cc Championships (1992-1993) and a 250cc Championship (1997) before moving to Sydney in New South Wales to pursue his senior motocross career.

Paul had a very successful junior motocross rider and in 1997 put out the feelers for opportunities and in 1998 Australian Motocross Legend Stephen Gall employed Paul as an instructor in the Stephen Gall Academy of Off-road Riding. With ‘Gally’ being a Yamaha ambassador, Paul switched to Yamahas and, in 1999, he was the Runner-up Australian 125cc Champion.

Paul went on to become a Top 10 National rider for many years and he twice represented Australia in the World Motocross des Nations – in Belgium (2003) and The Netherlands (2004).  At age 29 he won the famous 2004 Manjimup 15000 at the Cosy Creek Circuit in the South West of WA, with his expertise in the WA sand being a key factor for his selection in the Australian team for the 2004 MXdN’s at the sandy Dutch Lierop circuit.

Growing up and racing juniors

Paul was born in Perth, Western Australia on 2 December 1974 and started riding minibikes when he was just three years old.  Due to his father’s business, the family had to travel a lot and they lived near Kalgoorlie when Paul first started racing motocross at ten.

He was so keen to race that he travelled by a Greyhound bus to meetings in Perth on his own, with his bike being transported separately, returning home after the weekends in time for school on Mondays.

Paul won his first State Junior Motocross Championship in 1986 at age 11. After clinching this first title in the final round at Chidlow, he became hooked and totally dedicated to the sport.

After the family returned to live in Perth, Paul won two Junior Australian Championships. His first was at age 14 in 1990 in the ACCA restricted 100cc class for 12-16 year old competitors, at Canberra in the ACT. Then the following year he won the 12-14 year title in Sheparton, Victoria.

Broomfield came up through junior minibikes to win two Australian Junior titles

Photo: As a junior, Paul  (Centre, with two younger racers) travelled from Kalgoorlie to Perth on a Greyhound bus to race on weekends.

Paul's big move into senior motocross

Paul Broomfield on a Kawasaki

Photos: [Top]  1999 Runner-up Australian 125cc Champion – Paul started racing  at 10 and raced senior motocross for over a decade – between 1992 and 2004; [Below] Paul (B) Out to defend his title at the 2005 Manjimup 15000; [Bottom right]; One of Paul’s racing tops and picture.

In 1992 Paul moved up into senior motocross and left school to race full-time – winning the WA State 125cc Motocross Championship in his first attempt. But being based in Perth was difficult financially, so in 1993 he went to TAFE to study towards a degree in sports management.

Paul won back-to-back WA State 125cc Motocross titles in 1993, moving up into the 250cc class in 1994.
After two third placings in the WA State 250cc Motocross Championships, Paul broke through in 1997 to win the title – his third in senior motocross.

After meeting the Farraway family in Sydney, in 1997 Roger Farraway offered Paul a CR Honda 250 to race at the Coastal Park round of the Australian Championships in Henderson, near Perth.

Finishing on the podium with only a week to prepare, Paul decided to move to Sydney to race in 1998 where Stephen Gall took him under his wings – providing employment as an instructor in the Stephen Gall Academy of Off-road Riding.

Paul also switched to Yamahas and, in 1999, he was the Runner-up Australian 125cc Champion. He  went on to become a Top 10 National rider for many years and two of the highlights of his career was representing his country in the World Motocross des Nations – in Zolder, Belgium (2003) and Lierop in The Netherlands (2004).

Stephen Gall helped Paul to carve out his own career riding coach, which Paul pursued while becoming the motocross editor for the Australasian Dirt Bike magazine – a dream job where he would test and review new bikes.

Paul later joined the NSW Fire Brigade and, in 2010, he managed the Australian team at the Junior World Motocross Championship.  Sadly, a year later, Paul lost his battle with a serious form of Aplastic Anaemia.  He left behind a young family and an army of close friends and is sorely missed by all.

2005 Manjimup 15000 Start - Includes Shayne King NZ, Jimmy Ellis, Paul Broomfield
Paul Broomfield - Racing Jumper

Broomfield's key career highlights

1993 Paul Broomfield Suzuki - By Des Thomas

1992 and 1993 WA State Motocross Champion, Paul Broomfield  aboard a Suzuki at Coastal Park (By Des Thomas)

1989 3rd WA Restricted License Holders 12-14 years
1990 3rd WA Restricted License Holders 14-16 years
1990 ACCA Australian Champion – 100cc class for 12-16 year olds
1991 ACCA Australian Champion – 100cc class for 12-14 year olds
1992 WA State 125cc Motocross Champion
1993 WA State 125cc Motocross Champion
1994 3rd WA State 250cc Motocross Championship

1996 3rd WA State 250cc Motocross Championship
1997 WA State 250cc Motocross Champion
1999 Runner-up Australian 125cc Champion
2000 Australian Pro400 Thumper Nationals Champion
2000
3rd Australian Supercross Championships
2003 Australian representative at MXdN’s in Belgium
2004 Manjimup 15000 winner
2004 Australian representative at MXdN’s in The Netherlands

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