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Leisk bows out on a high at the 1990 MXDNs in Sweden

1990 Motocross des Nations, World Teams Event – Vimmerby, Sweden (15-16 September)

1990 Motocross of Nations - Australian Team members - Leisk, Dack, Bell with Stephen Gall team - Images from Vimmerby Sweden

Photos:  The 1990 Australian Motocross des Nations Team. [Left]  Riders Jeff Leisk, Glen Bell and Craig Dack with team manager Stephen Gall.  Images from Vimmerby, Sweden [Top LHS]  Start of Moto 1 – Leisk 19, far right;  [Top RHS]  Leisk in action;  [Bottom LHS] Start of Moto 2; [Bottom RHS]  Team USA won its tenth MXDN’s in a row  –  Damon Bradshaw (Yam 125), Jeff Stanton (Hon 250) and Jeff Ward (Kaw 500) with officials

Leisk’s final international win propels Australia into seventh place

Australian rider Jeff Leisk finished the 1990 season and his international racing career on a high – winning the prestigious 500cc class in the final moto at the 1990 Motocross of Nations at Vimmerby in Sweden.

The 1989 Runner-up World 500cc Motocross Champion had a disastrous year in 1990, just breaking into the Top 10. Leisk was knocked unconscious in the opening round that year in Belgium, broke his finger at the French Grand Prix (which sidelined him for several rounds) and crashed out in the final American GP, after receiving food poisoning during the week.

As it turned out, the 15-16 September event in Sweden would be Leisk’s last international race before announcing his retirement from the sport.

Leisk’s 6-1 finish on a Honda in the 500cc class propelled Australia into seventh place on a count-back, finishing equal sixth with Great Britain on 21 points.

Fellow Aussie Team members Craig Dack (Yamaha 250) and Glen Bell (Honda 125) finished 7th and 10th overall in their classes, respectively. Dack finished seventh in both of his motos and Bell was 13th and 10th in his two races.

Team USA makes it ten wins in a row
Team USA continued its domination to win the World Teams event, with Jeff Ward (Kawasaki 500), Jeff Stanton (Honda 250) and Damon Bradshaw (Yamaha 125) finishing on 9 points, to narrowly beat the Belgium’s by one point.

Stanton, along with Italy’s Alex Puzar (Suzuki 250) were the overall winners on the day, finishing 1-2 in their two motos – the 250cc riders even beating home 500cc Honda riders Leisk and Belgium’s Dirk Gerkens in both motos.

The other Belgium team members were Stefan Everts (Suzuki 125) and Marnicq Bervoets (Kawasaki 250). 

The hosting Nation Sweden finished third, with Italy and The Netherlands rounding out the top 5.

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Video – 1990 MXDN at Vimmerby, Sweden

Leisk calls it quits after the des Nations

1990 Motocross of Nations - Australian Team member - Jeff Leisk with Stephen Gall team manager and mechanic Gary Benn

It was a sad day for motocross fans when Jeff returned home to Australia and announced his retirement from the sport. But after his disastrous year and 19 years of competition, it was understandable.

In Australia, he had achieved every possible feat and, at the time, he was Australia’s greatest ever motocross rider.

Since then the late Andrew McFarlane and Chad Reed also achieved international success and both equalled Leisk’s feat of winning Grand Prix races and finishing runner-up in the World Motocross Championships, with Reed twice winning the World supercross championship and 2009 US 450 AMA Championship.

Photo:  Leisk, pictured here at the 1989 MXDN’s with Australian Team manager Stephen Gall and mechanic Peter Luskowski  in Gaildorf Germany, represented Australia four times – in 1985 and 1988-90.

1990 MXDN Team Placings and Race results

Team Placings

1. USA 9
2. Belgium 10
3. Sweden 12
4. Italy 15
5. The Netherlands 17
6. 
Great Britain 21
7. Australia 21
8. Germany 22
9. Denmark 23
10. Finland 24

Moto 1

1. 500 MARTENS Jacky LU Ktm
2. 500 WARD Jeff US Kaw
3. 500 MORTENSEN Sören DK Kaw
4. 500 GEUKENS Dirk BE Hon
5. 500 LARSSON Stefan SE Kaw
6. 500 LEISK Jeff AU Hon
7. 125 EVERTS Stefan BE Suz
8. 125 TRAGTER Pedro NL Suz
9. 125 KARLSSON Joakim SE Kaw
10.500 MALIN Paul GB Kaw

Moto 2

1. 250 STANTON Jeff US Hon
2. 250 PUZAR Alex IT Suz
3. 250 JOHANSSON Peter SE Yam
4. 250 BERVOETS Marnicq BE Kaw
5. 250 JASINSKI Jochen DE Suz
6. 250 VEHKONEN Pekka FI Yam
7. 125 HERRING Rob GB Suz
8. 125 TRAGTER Pedro NL Suz
9. 250 DACK Craig AU Yam
10.125 KARLSSON Joakim SE Kaw

Moto 3

1. 250 PUZAR Alex IT Suz
2. 250 STANTON Jeff US Hon
3. 500 LEISK Jeff AU Hon
4. 250 BERVOETS Marnicq BE Kaw
5. 250 VEHKONEN Pekka FI
6. 500 GEUKENS Dirk BE Hon
7. 500 LARSSON Stefan SE Kaw
8. 500 MORTENSEN Sören DK Kaw
9. 250 JASINSKI Jochen DE Suz
10.250 JOHANSSON Peter SE Yam  

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