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Motocross Champion Neville Cutts

Motocross Champion Neville Cutts

Australian Motocross Champion Neville Cutts

Neville Cutts Australian and State Motocross Champion - Wanneroo 1979
1979 Australian Motocross Championships - Neville Cutts Works Suzuki on trailer
1979 Australian Motocross Championships Wanneroo - All Power winner Nevile Cutts on third place getter Graeme Smythe's shoulders

Photos:  [left] 1979 Unlimited Motocross Champion and Duke of Edinburgh Award winner Neville Cutts (WA, Suzuki;  [centre] The works Suzuki Cutts rode at Wanneroo, which Anthony Gunter won the final Mr MX round a week earlier; and [right] Cutts celebrating his win with Graeme Smythe (Photos: Peter Kitchingman)

Cutts wins Unlimited National motocross title on Gunter’s works Suzuki

When Neville Cutts won the Unlimited Australian Motocross title at Wanneroo in Western Australia on 7 September 1979, he won it on a works Suzuki.

In fact, it was a“one only” ride on the works Suzuki which Anthony Gunter (NSW) had ridden just a week earlier in the final round of the Mr. Motocross series.

For Cutts, who hails from Manjimup in the South West, his dream of an Australian title had finally been realized. But for Gunter it must have been a bitter pill to swallow – particularly as he came second and had to sit behind Cutts and eat his sand all day.

Gunter’s performances on that same Suzuki in the final round of Mr. Motocross at Amaroo in New South Wales were simply magnificent.

He went into the final with only one chance at winning the title – he had to win all four heats, which he did!

Gunter won the 1979 Mr. Motocross series for the third time, with Stephen Gall (NSW) and Graeme Smythe (WA) tying for second place at Amaroo, five points behind Gunter.

Smythe finished third in the Unlimited Championship at Wanneroo, behind Cutts and Gunter, with Cutts also winning the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award for taking out the Unlimited title.

Cutt’s sponsor Mortlocks Suzuki in Perth (WA) actually arranged the works Suzuki for Cutts for the 1979 National titles, but when Suzuki Australia discovered this they decided that Gunter would ride the bike in the final round of Mr Motocross.

The decision blind-sided the current Mr Motocross leader Stephen Gall, who narrowly lost his fifth title.


Cutt's Australian Championship Achievements

1980 Manjimup 15000 Neville Cutts with Roger Harvey (UK)

1976
3rd Australian 125cc Motocross Championship (Suzuki, Tivoli, QLD)

1977
2nd Australian 250cc Motocross Championship (Suzuki, Acusa Park, SA)

1979
Australian Unlimited Motocross Champion (Suzuki, Wanneroo, WA)

1981
3rd Australian 250cc Motocross Championship (Honda, Symmons Plains, TAS)

Photo: Neville Cutts at the 1980 Manjimup 15,000 with Roger Harvey (UK)

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