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Australian Motocross Legend Britton

1992 Australian Team Motocross of Nations - Dale Britton jumping
Dale Britton in action on a Honda in 1994 or 1995
Dale Britton 1996 Australian 125cc Champion - No 1 plate in 1997

Photos:  [left]  Dale Britton in action at the 1992 Motocross of Nations at Manjimup; [top RHS]  Britton raced for  Honda Australia with Glen Bell in 1984 and 1985; and [bottom RHS]  Britton donning the Australian No.1 Plate in 1997, after winning the 1996 Australian 125cc Champion riding for Team Kawasaki.  {Manjmup photos by Peter Kitchingman)

Britton breaks through to secure Australian 125cc Motocross Championship

Dale Britton, from Rockingham in Western Australia, was one of this country’s top motocross riders during the 1980s to 1990s. 

The Australian Champion competed at National and International level for more than 20 years and, in 2014, was inducted into Motorcycling WA’s Hall of Fame.  Britton won 10 State Motocross championships, equal with Graeme Smythe from Kalgoorlie, winning more championships than any other rider in senior ranks hosted by Motorcycling Western Australia.

After a successful stint in junior motocross, Britton burst into senior competition in 1985, winning back-to-back WA State 125cc titles in 1985-86.

After three months training and competing in the United States – living with his idol and mentor Jeff Leisk at Road-racing Champion Eddie Lawson’s home in Uplands, California –  Britton returned to Australia and based himself in Sydney to pursue his racing career.

Initially, Britton raced for Procycles Yamaha, then switched to Team Honda in 1993 and 1994 where he joined multiple Australian Champion Glen Bell, placing five times in the Australian Championships in all classes while based on the east coast.

Missing his family and friends, Britton returned home to Western Australia in 1996. But despite the move, Team Kawasaki signed him up that year with the late Peter Melton, and flew him over to the eastern states for the big events, including the Australian Championship series.

Britton broke through that year to win the 1996 Australian 125cc Championship Series, with Kawasaki making it the double with Melton winning the 250cc class.

In 1997, Britton was the Runner-up Australian 125cc Champion behind Troy Carrol, clinching his final State WA title in the 500cc Class, aboard a Honda, announcing his retirement from professional motocross that year.

Throughout a career that spanned over 20 years, in addition to his National and 10 State titles in senior competition, Britton also had plenty of international experience – twice representing Australia in the World Motocross of Nations.

One of Britton’s greatest victories was in 1999 when he won the Manjimup 15000 at Cosy Creek, the same venue as the 1992 MX des Nations.

In addition to living and racing in the US, Britton also travelled overseas to compete internationally in many other countries, winning the 125cc Oceanic International Supercross in Thailand in 1993. 

Competing in the famous Paris Supercross, was one of his career highlights.

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Growing up and racing in Rockingham

Dale Britton hails from Rockingham in Western Australia, which is along the coast and south of the capital city Perth.

He developed an interest in motorbikes early in life, getting his first bike in 1974, at age 6 – a ZX50 Honda.  Two years later, he joined the Rockingham Kwinana Motorcycle Club and started racing in junior competition, with the sandy Warnbro circuit being his home.

Throughout his junior racing, Britton was one of the standouts, along with Dean Nickerson and Jason Marshall, who he would later team up with for the 1992 Motocross of Nations.

At age 14, Britton won his first Motorcycling WA State title, the sport’s governing body for senior motorcycling – in the Restricted License Holder’s class for competitors aged between 14 and 16 years of age.

The following year, he won back-to-back titles in this class and was now ready to mix it with the big boys in the open classes.

US motocross legends Marty Moates and Jimmy Ellis with a young Dale Britton

Dale Britton as a junior with visiting US riders legends Jimmy Ellis (left) and the late Marty Moates.

Dale Britton - Racing

Dale Britton won back-to-back WA State 125cc Championships in 1985-86 riding a Yamaha, just moving up into seniors

Britton bursts into seniors

Britton burst into senior competition in 1985, winning the preseason Supercross 125cc Gold Cup and 250cc A Grade events, then winning the State WA outdoor 125cc Motocross Championship series in his first year.

After winning back-to-back WA State 125cc titles in 1985-86, in 1987 Britton joined his idol and mentor Jeff Leisk in the United States, where he spent three months in a vigorous training program and raced the Californian Golden Gate Series.

On return to Australia, Britton showed his improved skills to secure his first rostrum placing at the National level – finishing third in the 125cc Australian Championship at Smithton (TAS, Yamaha).

The big move to Sydney to pursue his career

To pursue a professional Motocross career, Britton based himself in Sydney and secured a contract with Procycles Yamaha, going on to race on the east coast for 8 years.

After his success in the 125cc class at Junior and Senior level, Britton moved up into the 250cc class which was boosted due to the increasing popularity of Supercross around the world.

But he also competed in the 500cc class in the outdoor motocross, becoming the Runner-up 500c Motocross Champion at Kalgoorlie (WA) on 23 June 1991.

With his international experience from the US and 1991 and 1992 Motocross of Nations behind him, Britton was now one of the country’s top motocross riders in all classes.

In 1992, Britton finished third in the Australian 250cc Championship, winning the final round in South Australia. 

He rode for Honda Australia in 1993 and 1994 and finished third in the 1994 Australian 250cc Motocross Championship series.

Missing home, he returned to Western Australia in 1996, but still managed to secure a contract with Team Kawasaki and continued to compete in the Australian Motocross Championship series.

Britton broke through that year to win the 1996 Australian 125cc Championship Series ahead of Troy Carroll (VIC, Honda) and John Di Stefano (VIC).

His commitment and dedication to the sport finally paid off with Britton finally securing a National crown to go with his multiple State titles at junior and senior level.

In 1997, Britton came close to securing back-to-back Australian 125cc Championships, but finished second to Carroll, which turned out to be his last National series.

Dale Britton - 1996 Australian 125cc Motocross Champion - Kawasaki

After signing up with Team Kawasaki in 1996, Britton broke through that year to win the Australian 125cc Championship Series – completing the double for Kawasaki with the late Peter Melton winning the 250cc class.

Dale Britton - Rat Racing ad

Go the rat – Dale Britton (second from left ) in an advertisement for the Rat Racing motocross clothing brand with Craig Dack, Glen Bell, Marlon Walker and Dean Burt.

Dale Britton in action riding for Honda

Riding for Team Honda in 1993 and 1994, alongside Glen Bell

Dale Britton headshot

Dale Britton at a Supercross event in the eastern states

Britton's International experience

Being from the West, Britton’s first experience against the Nation’s top riders and visiting International riders was at the Manjimup 15,000, King of the Cross and Western Classic.

In 1987, after his first two WA State Championship victories in senior ranks, Britton spent three months training and competing in the United States, where he contested the Californian Golden Gate Series.

Now based in Sydney to pursue his racing career, Britton was now competitive against the best in the land. After becoming the Runner-up National 500cc Champion at Kalgoorlie (WA), in 1991 he was selected for the Australian team at the Motocross of Nations at Valkenswaard, in the Netherlands, joining Craig Dack (250cc Yamaha, NSW) and Glen Bell (500cc Honda, NSW) and finishing tenth overall.

Then, the following year he represented Australia in the 250cc class at the 1992 Motocross of Nations at Manjimup in his home state of WA – the first time this World Teams event was held outside of Europe. Britton was a late call up after Craig Dack was injured in a fall, riding this year in the 250cc class at the Cosy Creek Circuit. 

The Aussie team, which consisted of Britton (250cc Yamaha), Kim Ashkenazi (125cc Suzuki, NSW) and Jason Marshall (500cc Kawasaki, WA), did us proud that year finishing a creditable sixth overall – Australia’s highest placing for several years.

One of Britton’s greatest victories was in 1999 when he won the Manjimup 15,000 at Cosy Creek, the same venue as the 1992 MX des Nations. 

In addition to living and racing in the US, Britton also travelled overseas to compete internationally, winning the 125cc Oceanic International Supercross in Thailand in 1993. Other countries included: New Zealand, Tahiti, Malaysia, Spain, Italy, Holland, and France.

1992 Australian Team Motocross of Nations - Jason Marshall, Dale Britton and Kim Ashkenazi - Lap of honour

Dale Britton (right) with Jason Marshall waving  to the crowd during the parade lap around the Cosy Creek Circuit, Manjmup just before the historic racing began 

1992 Australian Team Motocross of Nations - Dale Britton in action

Dale Britton in action at the 1992 Motocross of Nations at Manjimup in Western Australia

1992 Australian Team Motocross of Nations - Jason Marshall, Dale Britton and Kim Ashkenazi - with team manager Stephen Gall and Bevan Harewood

1992 Australian team – Jason Marshall (28), Dale Britton (29) and Kim Ashkenazi (30) with officials and mechanics

1992 Australian Team Motocross of Nations - Jason Marshall, Dale Britton and Kim Ashkenazi - with team manager Stephen Gall

1992 Australian Team Motocross of Nations Team [L-R] – Dale Britton, Jason Marshall, Kim Ashkenazi with team manager Stephen Gall

Life after professional racing

Dale Britton announced his retirement from professional racing at the end of 1998, after winning his final State title – his tenth overall.   

He started working for his brother Kim, who ran the Kawasaki Dealership in Rockingham, and sponsored Dale on his return home. Dale continued to ride locally and in 2004, contested the WA State Motocross Championships, finishing second in the Pro-lite Series. He also finished second that year in the Manjimup 15,000.

Dale now runs his own motorcycling business in Perth – Dale Britton Motorcycles in Victoria Park.

Britton's key career highlights

Dale Britton

Dale Britton (Photo: Peter Kitchingman)

Dale Britton competing  in the 1992 Motocross of Nations 

State Motocross

1977-82
Multiple State Junior Championships

1983
State 125cc RLH Champion (14-16 years) Yamaha

1984
State 125cc RLH Champion (14-16 years) Yamaha
Supercross 125cc Gold Cup and A Grade winner

1985
State 125cc Champion (Yamaha)

1986
State 125cc Champion (Yamaha)

1989
State 250cc Champion (Yamaha)

1992
1st Parry Fields Supercross

1995
State 125 and 250cc Champion (Yamaha)

1996
State 125cc Champion (Kawasaki)

1997
State 125cc Champion (Kawasaki)

1998
State 500cc Champion (KTM & Kawasaki)

2004
Runner-up State Pro Lites Champion

National and International

1987
Raced the Californian Golden Gate Series, USA
3rd 125cc Australian Championship, Smithton (TAS, Yamaha)

1991
3rd 500cc Australian Championship, Kalgoorlie (WA, Yamaha)
Runner-up 250cc Australian Champion, Noble Falls (WA, Yamaha)
Australian representative at MXoN (Valkenswaard, Netherlands) – Tenth overall

1992
Australian representative at MXoN (Manjimup, WA) – Sixth overall
1st Mildura Supercross (VIC)

1993
Manjimup 15000 winner
1st 125cc Oceanic International Supercross, Thailand
Runner-up 500cc Australian Champion, Tralagon (VIC)

1994
3rd 250cc Australian Championship Series (Honda)

1995
Won the final round of Australian 250cc Championship at Coastal Park in WA (Yamaha)

1996
Australian 125cc Champion (Kawasaki)

1997
2nd 125cc Australian Championship Series (Kawasaki)

2004
2nd Manijmup 15000

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