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Australian Motocross Champions Marmont and King

Australia's greatest MX1 racers - Jay Marmont (NSW) and Darryl King (NZ)

Photos: The most successful Australian MX1 racers so far – Jay Marmont (NSW) and Darryl King (NZ) – By Peter Coward and Peter Kitchingman. 

Jay Marmont and Darryl King tie for Australia’s greatest MX1 racer

Based on the top three overall results in the Australian MX1 Motocross Championships between 2001 and 2021, New South Wales rider Jay Marmont and Kiwi Darryl King are the most successful racers so far in this class.

Both riders finished equal on 13 points in the AMX History website Homegrown Heroes feature ahead of Dean Ferris (QLD) on 10 points, with Craig Anderson (NSW) and Todd Waters (QLD) tying in fourth on 9 points.

Australia introduced the MX1 Class in 2001 for 250cc two-strokes to 450cc four-strokes with the new powerful four-stroke technology and environmentally-friendlier engines driving the change. The MX1 class, which is open to riders of any age, replaced the 250cc class in Australia and went on to become the premier class across the world, taking over from the 500s, with the FIM switching over to the new MX1, MX2, and MX3 classes at the 2004 World Motocross Championships.

New Zealand champion Darryl King dominated the new Australian MX1 Championship in the early years after returning from racing in Europe. He won three titles – the inaugural series in 2001, with back-to-back wins in 2003-4 and two seconds in 2002 and 2005.

In 2008, Jay Marmont broke King’s overall MX1 championship record winning four-times in a row (2008-11), equaling Stephen Gall’s same feat in the 250cc class (1980-83). Marmont’s victories, however, were achieved when the National series was held over multiple rounds, not just on one weekend.

With the reigning MX1 Champion Dan Reardon moving to the United States in 2008 to contest the AMA Championships, Marmont was almost unbeatable after returning from racing there himself.

Marmont raced in the US between 2004 to 2006 and switched to Yamaha for the 2008 season – beating New Zealand Champion and former Australian MX1 Champion Daryl Hurley and Victorian Cheyne Boyd for the title.

Click on the MX1 Champions poster above to view the Top 10 MX1 racers  in the history of the sport, as well as other Homegrown Heroes statistics in this class.

Darryl King (NZ) at Manjimup - By Peter Kitchingman
Jay Marmont - Four times MX1 Champion

Darryl King's Achievements
2001 to 2005

2001
Australian MX1 Champion (NZ, Yamaha)

2002
Runner-up Australian MX1 Champion (NZ, Yamaha)

2003
Australian MX1 Champion (NZ, Yamaha)

2004
Australian MX1 Champion (NZ, Yamaha)

2005
Runner-up Australian MX1 Champion (NZ, Yamaha)

 

Marmont's MX1 Achievements
2004 to 2011

2004
3rd Australian MX1 Motocross Championship (NSW)

2008
Australian MX1 Motocross Champion (NSW, Yamaha)

2009
Australian MX1 Motocross Champion (NSW, Yamaha)

2010
Australian MX1 Motocross Champion (NSW, Yamaha)

2011
Australian MX1 Motocross Champion (NSW, Yamaha)

 

Photos: Australia’s most successful MX1 riders Darryl King (NZ, top) and Jay Marmont (NSW,  bottom)  – By Peter  Kitchingman and Peter Coward

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