AMXhistory.com.au
Motocross Legend Dack

Motocross Legend Dack

AMXhistory Facebook Page
AMXhistory You Tube Channel
AMXhistory Vimeo Library,
featuring all videos on this site

Australian Motocross Legend Craig Dack

Craig Dack won his first Australian Motocross Championship aboard a Yamaha in 1990
1986 Motocross of Nations - Australian team - Craig Dack - Maggiora, Italy
Mr Motocross Legends - Stephen Gall and Craig Dack

Photo:  Despite racing Yamahas for most of his career, New South Wales rider Craig Dack won his first three of five Australian Championships on a Honda; [Top right];  Dack at the 1986 Motocross of Nations in Maggiora, Italy; and [bottom right] with Stephen Gall – both four-times Mr. Motocross series winners.

The “Dack Attack” – Australia’s best motocross rider in the late eighties

Craig Dack from New South Wales dominated the Australian Motocross scene in the late 1980s winning five National Motocross Championships and four Mr. Motocross series.

After many rostrum placings while riding Yamahas between 1983 to 1985, Dack finally broke through in 1986 to win his first National title on a Honda 250cc machine at the Barleigh Ranch raceway in Newcastle (NSW).

Dack also won the prestigious Mr Motocross series that year – going on to win three in a row between 1986 and 1988. 

With the Mr. Motocross series not run in 1989, Dack raced a season in Europe, including the World 250cc Grand Prix circuit.

Known as the “Dack Attack”, his motocross achievements also include three Manjimup 15000 International titles, a New Zealand 250cc Motocross Championship, two Supercross Masters titles, and a 250cc Supercross Championship.

Dack also represented Australia in the World Motocross teams event seven times, from 1986 to 1991, being part of the 1988 team with Jeff Leisk and Glen Bell, who achieved Australia’s highest placing at the time – a cracking fourth place at Villars-sous-Écot in France.

In his first attempt at the 1986 Motocross des Nations in Italy, Dack finished second to US legend Rick Johnson in the 250s in moto 2 – finishing fourth overall in this class behind Johnson, Michele Rinaldi (Italy, Suzuki), and Jeremy Whatley (Great Britain, Cagiva).

Incredibly, Dack’s achievements are identical to champion Stephen Gall, with both winning five National titles and four Mr Motocross series. Gall dominated the early eighties – and Dack the late eighties, early nineties.

After retiring from racing in 1992, Craig Dack established CDR Yamaha Racing – a race team that has gone on to become the longest-running and most successful racing outfit in Australia.

Not only has Dack had a huge impact on Australian soil, in 2002 he launched Australian superstar Chad Reed’s assault on the United States in the Yamaha of Troy team, becoming the AMA Eastern Regional Supercross Champion in his first season on the US circuit.

In 2006, Dack was appointed the Ambassador for Australia’s premier motocross championship, the Nokia Motocross National.

Dack continues to maintain his involvement in the sport and still runs his highly successful CDR Yamaha Racing Team in the Penrite ProMX Championships – Australia’s National Motocross Championship series. In 2024, he was inducted in to the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

Click above to contribute results or content to the Australian Motocross History website, or email:
amxhistory@outlook.com

Australian Motocross History Logo - Low resolution

SUBSCRIBE HERE
To receive FREE Australian Motocross Championship list updates, eNews and new video releases.

Subscribe Australian Motocross History Website News

Where motocross began for young Dack

Young Glen Bell and Craig Dack

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

1990 Yamaha Dealer Team members - Peter Melton and Craig Dack in action

The close mates went on to become Australia’s Top 2 motocross riders for almost a decade and arch-rivals

Craig Dack grew up in Cronulla on the New South Wales coast, and as a seven-year-old was a “Nipper” with the local Surf Lifesaving Club.

When his family moved inland to St Marys, he looked for another interest and immediately found a passion for motorbikes when he and his father spent a day at a local mini-bike hire venue.

Dack’s father also competed in motorcycle trials, so Craig competed in local Gymkhana events while riding a motocross bike for fun at these venues.

It was at one of these trials events where Dack met Glen Bell, with the pair growing up and riding together as teenagers with the close mates later becoming Australia’s Top 2 motocross riders for almost a decade and arch-rivals.

At age 16, Dack turned to motocross competition – the minimum age in NSW back then.

Dack first became noticed on the National stage in 1983, when he finished second to Glen Bell in the 125cc Gold Cup, which was a new series that ran alongside Mr Motocross and was designed to allow young stars a chance to progress their careers.

Dack also finished second to Bell that year in the 125cc Australian Motocross Championships at Acusa Park (SA), with both riding Yamaha machines.

From here on, Dack finished on the winner’s podium at every National Championship that he competed in – right up to his retirement at the end of 1991. He finished his career on top, winning his fifth title in the 250cc class at Noble Falls (WA).

Ironically, he was second to Glen Bell in the 500cc class the week before in Kalgoorlie, his close friend as a teenager and arch rival after racing almost a decade together at the highest level.

Australian Championship and Mr Motocross success

After finishing second in the 125cc Australian Motocross Championship at Acusa Park (SA) in 1983, Dack also started competing in the 250cc class the following year.  He was the runner-up Australian 250cc Champion in 1984 and 1985, behind Jeff Leisk (WA) and Jimmy Ellis (US), respectively.

Riding for the Toshiba Yamaha team in 1985, he also ran second to Leisk at that year’s Mr. Motocross series.
In 1986, Dack switched to Honda with immediate success – breaking though to win his first Australian Motocross Championship in the 250cc class at the Barleigh Ranch raceway in Newcastle (NSW), as well as clinching the prestigious Mr Motocross series.

With Leisk now racing in the US, Dack was in a class of his own and convincingly won his first Mr. Motocross series on 214 points – 62 points ahead of second placegetter David Armstrong (QLD), with Jimmy Ellis (US) in third.
Dack won back-to-back Australian 250cc Championships in 1987 at Smithton in Tasmania, also winning the 500cc class that year on a Honda, as well as retaining his Mr. Motocross title.

In 1988 Dack won his third Mr. Motocross title in a row, but had to settle for a third place in the 250cc class at the Australian Championships in Mackay (QLD), behind Jeff Leisk and Glen Bell.

Leisk briefly returned to Australia that year to win all three classes in Queensland, before his European assault on the 1989 World 500cc Championships, where he finished second. 

With the Mr. Motocross series not run in 1989, Dack also decided to race a season in Europe, returning to Australia to win his fourth Mr. Motocross series, as well as the Australian 250cc Championship at Monza park in Ballarat – his first National title on a Yamaha. 

The 1990 Mr. Motocross series, which turned out to be the last, was run by promoter John Fenton but was not as successful as the original series established by Vince Tesoriero.

With Supercross taking off in this country and the majority of riders switching from 500cc to 250cc machines, Mr. Motocross started losing its appeal, so that is why Vince ended the series in 1989, but agreed to sell the naming rights to Fenton the following year.

Due to these changes, Motorcycling Australia looked to establish its own National Motocross Championships – with different venues held for the different classes for the first time in 1991. 

Dack was the Runner-up Australian 500cc Champion at Kalgoorlie (WA) on 23 June 1991, then won the 250cc Championship a week later at Noble Falls (WA) in his last ride at a major National event.

1987 Craig Dack Australian 250 and 500cc Champion Smithton Tasmania

After switching from Yamaha to Honda in 1987, Craig Dack won both the Australian 250 and 500cc Championships at Smithton in Tasmania, and his second Mr. Motocross series

1990 Yamaha Dealer Team members - Peter Melton and Craig Dack

Dack with the late Peter Melton in 1990.  Returning from Europe, Dack won the Australian 250cc Championships at Ballarat in Victoria, his first on a Yamaha with the Malborough Yamaha Dealer Team

Dack’s International Motocross career

1989 Craig Dack French International - fourth overall

Dack finished fourth at an International meeting in France, in the lead up to the 1989 250cc World Championships 

The most successful Australian Motocross of Nations Team ever – Craig Dack (250), Jeff Leisk (500) and Glen Bell (125)

The most successful Australian Motocross of Nations Team at the time – Craig Dack (250), Jeff Leisk (500) and Glen Bell (125) finished fourth in the 1988 Motocross of Nations in France

Dack’s first brush with International competition came at the Manjimup 15,000 motocross spectacular in 1984 at the Cosy Creek Circuit, in Manjimup (WA).  He became a regular competitor at this event, winning it in 1987, 1988 and 1990 – the first two years on a Honda and the last one on a Yamaha, after returning from Europe.

Earlier, in 1986, Dack ventured to New Zealand to win the NZ 250cc Motocross Championship, becoming the second person to achieve this feat after Jeff Leisk did it in 1983.

With the Mr. Motocross series not run in 1989, Dack decided to join Leisk in Europe – securing a sponsorship to ride for England’s Loctitie Mitsui Yamaha Racing Team. 

He headed to England with his mechanic Grant “Moose” Covus, racing in Britain, various international meetings across Europe, the 250cc British and World Motocross Championships.

Dack found the going tough early in the cold, wet, muddy European conditions, but finished a creditable fourth in a French International before placing seventh overall in Switzerland, in his first Grand Prix meeting.

Throughout his career, Dack represented Australia in the World Motocross of Nations teams event seven times, from 1986 to 1991.  His top performance at the 1986 Motocross des Nations in Maggiora, Italy – along with Glen Bell (125cc) and David Armstrong (500cc) – helped the Australian team to a creditable sixth overall.

The Australian team was a regular Top 10 finisher in the Motocross of Nations during this era, with Glen Bell (125), Craig Dack (250) and Jeff Leisk (500) achieving Australia’s highest placing at the time in 1988 – finishing fourth place at Villars-sous-Écot in France.

Dack’s final ‘des Nations’ was in 1991 at Valkenswaard, Netherlands, where Dale Britton (125), Craig Dack (250) and Glen Bell (500) finished tenth.  Dack was originally named in the 1992 Australian team – the year the Motocross of Nations was to be held in Australia for the first time – at the Cosy Creek Circuit in Manjimup (WA). 

Having won three Manjimup 15000 international events at this circuit, Dack would have made the Aussies proud. But unfortunately he had to withdraw from the team due to injury.   

Dack suffered no serious injuries throughout his illustrious career, but 1992 was a disaster for him. At the start of the year he broke both wrists in a training mishap, then later on broke his right hand in a pre-race warm up.

With Dack retiring from the sport that year, competing in the Motocross of Nations event on home soil would have been a fitting way to bow out of the sport. 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, but fortunately for Australia Craig Dack has continued his strong involvement in the National motocross since retiring in 1992.

Dack continues his big contribution to Australian Motocross

In 1993, Craig Dack established the CDR Yamaha Racing Team – the longest-running and most successful racing outfit in Australia. 

As team owner/manager of CDR Yamaha, Dack has assisted many riders to victory, including a record breaking six national titles in 1998 – with Craig Anderson winning five from five (Australian 250cc Supercross and Motocross Championships, Supercross Masters, Thumper Nationals Pro 650cc class and Pro Outright), and Daryl Hurley winning the Thumper Nationals Pro 400 class.

Australia’s hottest sensation Chad Reed won the 2000 Australian 250cc Championship under Dack – launching Reed’s assault on the United States in the Yamaha of Troy team, becoming the AMA Eastern Regional Supercross Champion in his first season on the US circuit. 

In 2006, Dack was appointed the Ambassador for Australia’s premier motocross championship, the Nokia Motocross National.  To this day, Dack continues to maintain his involvement in the sport and still runs his highly successful CDR Yamaha Racing Team in the Penrite ProMX Championships – Australia’s National Motocross Championship series.

Craig Dack now lives in Torquay, Victoria and is still working behind the scenes to elevate the professionalism of our sport through the Australian Motocross Group (AMG), which he introduced with Yarrive Konsky, Gavin Eales and Mark Luksich.

2020 - Craig Dack CDR Yamaha owner and team manager

CDR Yamaha Racing Team owner and manager Craig Dack

The "Dack Attack" in action - Photo gallery

Craig Dack and Glen Bell - Brian Collins Team Yamaha team mates

Craig Dack (right) with Toshiba Yamaha team mate Glen Bell

Three Australian Motocross greats - Dack, Gall and Williams

Three legends at the 1984 Western Classic – Dack, Gall and Williams

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

1986 Australian MX des Nations Team – David Armstrong, Dack & Glen Bell

Craig Dack - 1987 Australian 250, 500 and Mr MX Champion on a Honda

In 1987, Dack won the Australian 250, 500 and Mr MX titles on a Honda

Craig Dack - Dack Attack racing guernsey

One of many Craig Dack “Dack Attack” racing guernseys

Craig Dack at the King of the Cross in WA

Craig Dack was the 1987 King of the Cross at Southern Cross in WA

Craig Dack dominated the 250cc class in the late eighties

Australia No.1  – Dack won two Aussie titles for Yamaha in 1990 and 1991

Craig Dack's winning Yamaha 250

Craig Dack’s winning Peter Jackson YZ 250, his  last bike  before retiring

Dack's key career highlights

Craig Dack - 1990 Mr MX Champion on a Yamaha

Craig Dack – Four times Mr. Motocross Champion

1983
R-up Australian 125cc Champion (Yamaha, Acusa Park, SA)

1984
R-up Australian 250cc Champion (Yamaha, Broadford, VIC)

1985
R-up Australian 125cc and 250cc Champion (Yamaha, Noble Falls, WA)

1986
Australian 500cc Champion (Honda, Barleigh Ranch, Newcastle, NSW)
Mr Motocross
Mountain Man Winner (Toowoomba QLD)
New Zealand 250cc Motocross Champion

1987
Australian 250cc and 500cc Champion (Honda, Smithton, TAS)
Mr Motocross
Manjimup 15,000 winner 
King of the Cross, Southern Cross
Mountain Man Winner (Toowoomba QLD)

1988
3rd Australian 250cc Championship (Honda, Mackay, QLD)
Mr Motocross
Manjimup 15,000 winner
Fourth Australian Team Motocross of Nations (Villars-sous-Écot in France)

1989
Contested the 250cc World and British Motocross Championships

1990
Australian 250cc Champion (Yamaha, Ballarat VIC)
R-up Australian 500cc Champion
Mr Motocross
Manjimup 15,000 winner
Supercross Masters winner
National Supercross Champion

1991
Australian 250cc Champion (Yamaha, Noble Falls, WA) and R-up 500cc Champion (Kalgoorlie, WA)
National Supercross Champion
Sportsman of the Year (Victoria)

In addition, Craig Dack won dozens of State Championships and represented Australia in the World Motocross teams event six times, from 1986 to 1991.

Video gallery

1990 Mr. Motocross Series – Dack wins his fourth title

1992 Sportsworld – Dack retires from motocross

2011 Motodevelopment interview with CDR owner and manager Dack

2013 MXTV chats with CDR Team owner and manager Craig Dack

Australian Championship results and photos

Click on the links below to view Australian Motocross Championship results back to 1953, event photos or rider profiles.
Australian Motocross Champions 250cc
Australian Motocross Champions List (All classes)
Australian Motocross Legends

Stay connected through social media

Mr Motocross
Legends and Stars

Mr Motocross Legends and Stars

Australian Motocross History

AMXHistory - Facebook Homepage

Old Stars WA
Motocross Group

Old Stars WA Motocross Group

Australian Sidecarcross Association

AMX Social Media Group - Australian Sidecarcross Association

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Australian Motocross History