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Motocross Champion Melton

Australian Motocross Champion Peter Melton

Peter Melton - Three-times Australian Motocross Champion
Peter Melton Kawasaki Poster
1990 Peter Melton - Marlborough Yamaha Team - At Manjimup 15,000

Photos:  Throughout his 30-year racing career, Peter Melton (QLD) won three Australian Motocross Championships riding for Kawasaki and five Australian Supercross  Titles.  In 1990 he rode for the Yamaha Dealer Team, alongside Craig Dack, and is pictured here at the Manjimup 15,000 (By Peter Kitchingman)

Melton's teams finish on top

The late Peter Melton won the last two Australian 500cc Motocross Championships ever staged in Australia – in 1999 and 2000. 

Melton, from Acacia Ridge in Queensland, won these titles aboard Kawasaki machines with the final win escalating the Japanese team to equal top in the 500cc Manufacturer’s Championship, alongside Yamaha on 20 wins.

Ironically, Melton (who was nicknamed “Reggie”) rode for Yamaha in the earlier part of his motocross career, riding for the Yamaha Dealer Team in the early 1990s, alongside Craig Dack (NSW).

Melton won all of his Australian Motocross Championships aboard Kawasaki machines, winning his first Australian Championship in 1996 in the 250cc series.  He had an abundance of natural talent, dedication and a technique that was marveled at by an entire generation. 

His career spanned 20 years and spawned plenty of success with multiple Motocross and Supercross titles.  Three times he won the Australian Supercross Championship in 1992, ’94 and ’96 and the Supercross Masters Series in 1995 and ’96.

Later in his career, Melton took a keen interest in coaching youngsters in the sport.  He also competed in the national Thumper Series and at the 1997 Thumper Nationals at Dargle (NSW) was competitive against World numbers one and two, Joel Smets on a Husaberg and Daryl King on a Husqvarna – aboard his Kawasaki KLX650R ‘trail bike’.

Sadly, on 1 November 2017, Melton lost his life while riding a motocross on a track west of Brisbane, in Queensland. It is believed he suffered a heart attack.

Throughout his motocross career, Melton won three Australian Motocross Championships, five National Supercross titles and 17 Queensland State titles.

1990 Yamaha Dealer Team members - Peter Melton and Craig Dack
1990 Yamaha Dealer Team members - Peter Melton and Craig Dack in action
Peter Melton's Australian Championship bike at the AMX store at Springwood in Queensland

Photos: [left and centre] Peter Melton in 1990, riding for the Yamaha Dealer Team with Craig Dack from New South Wales; [right] Melton won the last two Australian  500cc Motocross Championships on this Kawasaki, which is now on display at the AMX store in Springwood, Queensland.

Melton's career highlights

From Brisbane in Queensland, Melton won 17 State Queensland Motocross Championships

Peter Melton with Supercross Trophy

1989
3rd in Mountain Man Motocross – Toowoomba QLD

1992
Australian Supercross Champion

1994
Australian Supercross Champion

1995
Winner Australian Supercross Masters Series

1996
Australian 250cc Motocross Champion
Australian Supercross Champion
Winner Australian Supercross Masters Series
3rd Tivoli Raceway, Ipswich, Queensland

1999 and 2000
Australian 500cc Motocross Champion

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