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Motocross Legend Bell

Motocross Legend Bell

Australian Motocross Legend Glen Bell

Glen Bell Peter Jackson Yamaha Racing Team
Glen Bell (NSW) - Eight-times Australian Motocross Champion and multiple State Motocross Champion
Glen Bell winner of six Australian 125cc Motocross titles
Bell was one of Australia's top riders for more than a decade in the 1980s to 1990s
Glen Bell 125cc Motocross des Nations
Bell represented Australia seven times in the World Motocross of Nations

Bell - The "Statesman" of Aussie Motocross

New South Wales rider Glen Bell is one of Australia’s all-time great motocross riders. 

Between 1986 and 1992, Bell and Craig Dack virtually owned Australian motocross and supercross.

Bell became the “Statesman” of Australian motocross and was on top of his game for more than a decade.

Throughout his career he won eight Australian Motocross Championships and finished sixteen times on the winner’s podium in these championships alone.

Winning eight Aussie titles is the most of any Australian solo competitor, which Bell equalled with Gary Flood and Jeff Leisk who dominated the seventies and eighties, respectively.

In fact, the number of Aussie titles could have been higher for Bell who finished second to Leisk in 1988 in both the 250 and 500cc classes when Leisk returned briefly from America before his assault on the 500c World Championship in Europe.

It was a similar story the following year in 1989 at Acusa Park when Bell finished second in the 500s behind visiting USA rider Eddie Warren.

Although Bell did ride internationally for one-off events and was offered various contracts overseas, he stayed home as he was married with children and making good money racing professionally in motocross and supercross events throughout Australia.

Bell represented Australia seven times in the World Motocross of Nations, he won over 40 Australian and State Motocross Championships, which excludes Supercross which he also shone in.

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Where the Bells started ringing

Young Glen Bell and Craig Dack

Glen Bell and Craig Dack grew up riding motocross together in New South Wales

Glen Bell was born in Sydney, New South Wales on 17 July 1962.

Compared to other riders who progressed through junior competition, Glen started racing at the late age of 18, in 1980.

He got into motorcycling through trials where Craig Dack’s father was also competing. And he noticed Craig riding a motocross bike and he thought “this looks like more fun”.

Both Bell and Dack grew up riding together as teenagers and the close mates would later become Australia’s Top 2 motocross riders for almost a decade and become arch-rivals.

Bell’s first big win was in 1983 when, after just three years of racing, he won the 125cc Gold Cup on a Yamaha.

He beat Craig Dack in this new series that ran alongside Mr Motocross and was designed to allow young stars a chance to progress their careers.

Bell's dominance in the Australian 125cc Championships

That same year Bell won his first National Championship in the 125cc class at Acusa Park, South Australia, again beating Dack, and he retained this crown the following year at Broadford in Victoria.

Bell won back-to-back National 125cc titles in 1984 at Broadford, Victoria riding for Pro-Cycles, then switched to the Toshiba Yamaha Dealer team in 1985, becoming their No.1 rider.

He was originally contracted to ride both the 250cc and 500cc classes in the Mr. Motocross series.  But by the end of the first round Bell was spent so his team decided that he would focus on the 125 and 250cc races, with Stephen Gall racing the Mr. Motocross on a 500cc machine.

In 1985 Bell competed in the 125 and 250cc classes at Noble Falls in Western Australia and finished on the podium behind Jimmy Ellis (USA) and Dack in both classes.

The following year Marlboro Yamaha was launched with Glen Bell and Phil Sargent joining the team.  Bell had much success in this team winning two more Australian 125cc Championships over the next two years – in his home state at Barleigh Ranch (NSW) and then in Smithton (TAS), after breaking his wrist earlier that year. In Tasmania he also finished second in the 500cc class behind Craig Dack who also won the 250cc class.

Up until now Bell had won his four National titles in the 125cc class. But in 1988 he moved across to a privateer Honda team formed by businessman Mark Luksich with support from Honda NSW, Yokohama, Shell and SCP.  At the Australian Championships in Mackay, Queensland he showed that he was just as capable on the bigger bikes narrowly finishing behind Jeff Leisk in both the 250 and 500cc classes.

Glen Bell on podium
Glen Bell album - Marlborough Yamaha Team

Glen Bell  was the No.1 Team Toshiba Yamaha rider in 1985, then joined the Yamaha Marlboro Team the following year in 1986, with Phil Sargent.

The most dominant rider in the Australian Motocross Championships

Glen Bell Honda - Inaugural Supercross Masters series winner in 1989
1991 Australian 250 Motocross Championships Noble Falls action - includes Glen Bell, 37 Craig Dack 1, Dale Britton 4, Mark Kirkman 32 (By Peter Kitchingman)

In 1989, Luksich launched MC Mart Honda with Bell, Lee Hogan, Cameron Taylor and Dale Britton part of the National team.  Bell again won the 125 Australian Championship in 1989 at Acusa Park (SA) and for the second year in a row finished second in the 500cc class – this time behind visiting USA rider Eddie Warren.

But in 1990, Bell finally broke through to win the premier 500cc Australian Championship at Monza Park in Victoria. 

He retained his 500cc crown in 1991 in Kalgoorlie (WA) and won his sixth 125cc title and eighth National Championship at Noble Falls (WA) a week later – equaling Gary Flood and Jeff Leisk.

But Bell competed in more Australian Championships than any of the other Australian Motocross legends and – on a countback with eight first placings, five second and three third placings – based on numbers he is Australia’s greatest ever rider on home soil.

No doubt Leisk and Flood would have won more titles had they not competed overseas for lengthy periods. But Bell was committed to the sport, his training and personal health, which enabled him to consistently achieve at the highest level – winning National titles at both the beginning and end of his long career.

Photos:  Glen Bell racing Supercross, teaming  up with Mark Luksich In 1989; and Bell (37) in action at the 1991 Australian 250 Motocross Championships Noble Falls, where he took  out his sixth National 125cc title, having won the National 500cc title a week earlier at Kalgoorlie (By Peter Kitchingman).

Belly - still competitive at 30

Over the years Bell had his fair share of injuries, the worst in 1992 when he injured his knee. Bell started that year with a bang winning the first four rounds of the year.

At the time he was looking unbeatable, but twisted his knee at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre Supercross.

Bell recovered to win the final event of the year at Coffs Harbour then was back to full fitness in 1993.

That year, at age 30, he was third in the Australian 250cc Motocross Championship Series, behind the new emerging stars of the future – Lee Hogan (VIC, Honda) and Kim Ashkenazi (NSW, Suzuki).

1992 Manjimup 15000 Glen Bell

Photo:  Glen Bell  in action at the 1992 Manjimup 15000. That year he injured his knee and was unable to defend his 125/250 titles in the new  National series.

Bell in action - Photo gallery

Glen Bell Marlborough Yamaha Racing Team

Glen Bell won five Australian 125cc Championships on a Yamaha

Glen Bell Yamaha 250cc

Bell switched to Honda in 1990 with immediate success in the 500s

Motocross of Nations Team Maggiora Italy - David Armstong, Craig Dack and Glen Bell

Bell (far right) in the Australian Motocross of Nations Team

Glen Bell 125cc Motocross des Nations with Trevor Williams

At an earlier Motocross des Nations with Trevor Williams

Videos

1993 Glen Bell – Winner Supercross Masters

MXTV “Where are they now” Glen Bell

2021 Glen Bell – Preview Penrite AMX Pro Series

Glen Bell Australian Motocross Champion - Photo by Graeme Baynes

Glen Bell, Australian Motocross Champion (Photo by Graeme Baynes)

Bell's key career highlights

1983
Australian 125cc Motocross Champion (Yamaha, Acusa Park, SA)
125cc Gold Cup (Junior Mr MX Champion)

1984
Australian 125cc Motocross Champion (Yamaha, Broadford, VIC)

1986
Australian 125cc Motocross Champion (Yamaha, Newcastle, NSW)

1987
Australian 125cc Motocross Champion (Yamaha, Smithton, TAS)

1988
King of the Cross (Yamaha, Southern Cross, WA)

1989
Australian 125cc Motocross Champion (Yamaha, Acusa Park, SA)
Fifth Tokyo International Supercross (Yamaha, Japan)
Winner, Manjimup 15000 (Yamaha, Cosy Creek, WA)
Runner-up Australian Mr Motocross Series

1990
Australian 500cc Motocross Champion Yamaha Monza Park, VIC

1991
Australian 125cc Motocross Champion (Honda, Noble Falls, WA)
Australian 500cc Motocross Champion (Honda, Kalgoorlie, WA)

More than 40 Australian and State Motocross titles

Australian Championship results and photos

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