Queensland Motocross Champion Steven Dinsdale
Photos: [Clockwise from top] Queensland motocross champion Steven Dinsdale (5) dicing with Glen Bell (B) at the Norwest Supercross event at Port Hedland Speedway on 5-6 March 1988; Steven (right) at Port Hedland with Phil Sargent; and appearing that year on the cover of Australian Dirt Bike magazine.
Tribute to Queensland motocross champion Steven Dinsdale
Sadly on 23 February 2011, Queensland motocross champion Steven Dinsdale died suddenly of natural causes. The popular rider, who lived in Mackay, was born on 6 February 1965.
Steven was one of Australia’s top motocross riders in the 1980s and won nine Queensland State Motocross Championships. This included the Queensland 250cc State title in 1982 and in 1988, the year the Mackay Districts Motor Cycle Club hosted the Australian Championships at Gum Valley.
At the 1988 State Queensland titles, he beat two other legends of the sport – the late Peter Melton and James Deakin. Sadly, Peter Melton also was taken too young while doing what he loved most – riding motocross.
Steven took up motocross in 1977 at the age of 12 and quickly proved his talent by winning numerous Central Queensland titles. On three occasions he took out Mackay’s most famous race, the iconic King of the Beach at Grasstree, which is now named after him.
After taking a break from motocross in 1986 to start a successful cane-harvesting business, Steve made a comeback to riding in 1987 when he placed fourth in the prestigious Mr. Motocross Series, his highest racing achievement.
Steven served as president of Mackay and District Motor Cycle Club and in 2006 started CQ Dirt Bike Training in partnership with Lindsay Eden.
Steven’s son Joel followed in his footsteps. He was an Australian junior motocross champion and raced in the world junior motocross titles at New Zealand and France in 2009 and 2010.
On 18 March 2014, at age 17, Joel was seriously injured in a car accident while on his way to Brisbane to compete in a motocross event – suffering brain injuries, a broken left ankle and an injury to his left knee and was in an induced coma. But fortunately he made a full recovery and successful comeback to racing – riding for the GYTR Yamaha MXD team in 2013 and 2014.
Steven’s wife, Peta, was also heavily involved in motocross supporting Steven and their son Joel at race meetings across Australia.
Steven Dinsdale also left behind another son, Brock, and daughter, Natasha.
Photo gallery - Steven Dinsdale
Photos: [Left to right] Steven Dinsdale (far right) with other Queensland motocross champions – David Armstrong and James Deakin; Steven in action on his Honda in 1988; and making a return to racing after a break from the sport in the early 2000’s.
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