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Motocross Legend Gall

Australian Motocross Legend Stephen Gall

Stephen Gall riding hard at the Raymond Terrace MX track
1979 Stephen Gall wins Round 2 Mr MX at Tivoli QLD ahead of Graeme Smythe and Anthony Gunter
1981 Stephen Gall - Yamaha Racing Team

Photo: [Clockwise]  Reigning Mr Motocross  champion Stephen Gall  in action at the 1983 Mr MX round at  Raymond Terrace (NSW);  Gall won his first Mr. Motocross series in 1979 (pictured here with Anthony Gunter and Graeme Smythe);  Gall broke through in 1980 to win his first of five Australian motocross titles

Stephen Gall - Australia's Mr. Motocross

New South Wales rider Stephen Gall burst onto the Australian motocross scene in the mid 1970’s.

During the early eighties Gall virtually owned Australian motocross and supercross events – winning the prestigious Mr. Motocross series (Mr. MX) four times, including a hat-trick in 1980-82.

After breaking through to win his first Australian Championship in 1980 at Dargle in New South Wales, Gall went on to win five Australian Championships. This included winning the 250cc class a record four years in succession (1980 -1983).

Gall was also a pioneer in the development of supercross across Australia in the late 1970s, early 1980s, before the Australian Supercross Championships were introduced.  He won the majority of national supercross events and was the main local rider to be competitive up against the visiting American and other international riders.  

He also won three Australian Dirt Track Championships during that era.  

Gall’s duals with close friend, team mate and arch-rival Anthony Gunter in the late seventies were epic.  The Gall vs Gunter battles became legendary and the two riders slugged it out in successive rounds of the Mr. MX series as well as the more traditional State and Australian Championship titles. 

In addition to his national motocross titles, Gall won more than 30 State motocross titles then moved on to other sports with success, including winning the 1988 Australian Speedcar Speedway Championship at the Parramatta City Raceway and twice winning the Finke Desert Rally.

Like Australia’s first motocross pioneer Tim Gibbes, who raced successfully in Europe and brought International motocross down under to Australia and New Zealand, Gall helped take motocross in Australian to a new professional level both on and off the track. 

Along with early mentor Len Williamson, he started Australia’s effort at the Motocross of Nations World Teams event in 1984, competing in Australia’s very first entry at the Trophee Des Nations in Varberg, Sweden, then later on becoming the Australian team manager from 1985 to 1992.

In 1987 Gall established the “Stephen Gall Academy of Off Road Riding” and has been teaching riding techniques to young riders since then.  

He even went on to win a Mountain Bike Dual Slalom Australian Championship in the early nineties.

For his contribution to motorcycle and motorcar racing, in 2016 Stephen Gall was inducted into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.

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Growing up in Menai, Sydney

Stephen Gall - Racing go carts on his family property with a freind in Menai, near Sydney

A young Stephen Gall racing go carts with a friend on his family property in Menai, near Sydney

Stephen Gall - Racing mini bikes at the Illawara Minibike Club track

Gall, as a teenager, racing at the Illawara Minibike Club track.  He also competed in gymkhana events at this club

Stephen Gall grew up on his parent’s 11-acre  Shetland pony stud farm at Menai, near Sydney.

At just five years of age he was driving go-karts, then at 11 he got his first minibike and started racing dirt track and motocross on the family’s homemade dirt track.

Gall’s talent stood out and in those early days.

With technical tips from top local motocross rider Len Williamson, the late Warren Weldon and Bruce Jones – who became his first working boss – Gall started honing his racing skills.

He first competitions included gymkhana events in the early 1970s, as part of the Illawarra Minibike club, which also greatly improved his riding technique.

And after attending a round of the International Motocross series at Sydney’s Oran Park – where his childhood heroes World Champions Roger De Coster and Joel Robert were competing – Gall was seriously motivated to compete at the National level.

So he joined the St. George Motorcycle Club and started racing dirt track and motocross events.  As a teenager, Gall became a member of the winning team in an Open Dirt Track Teams championship.

He also won a New South Wales modified minibike hill-climb title before making the switch to chasing success in open motocross events.

Gall's Mr. Motocross era

In 1975, Mr. MX promoter Vincent Tesoriero invited Gall to compete in the final round of the $4000 Golden Breed, Mr. MX series at Amaroo Park in Sydney.

Gall entered the meeting as a C Grade “novice” but won the first race of the day – the 250cc heat – against a field that included Mr. MX series leader, Per Klitland. He was immediately promoted to B grade to qualify for a start in the rich Mr. MX championship.

That day Gall won the 250cc final and, in his first attempt, finished in the Top 10 in this round of Mr. MX. 

When quizzed by the media after the event about competing in the remaining rounds, Gall said that his father and only let him race if he limited his entries to local competition around Sydney.

But all that changed in 1976.  Legendary New South Wales Motorcycling Australia Administrator Arthur Blizzard persuaded Stephen’s father into allowing him to race in the national motocross events.

That year Vince Tesoriero signed Gall up to the Grace Bros MX team, with Geoff Worrell and Brian Martin, on his Macklin Yamaha. Gall finished third overall in the National series behind Anthony Gunter and his teammate Worrell.

With this impressive achievement, Gall secured a ride in the factory Yamaha Team for the 1977 season with Mike Landman. That year in Mr. MX he went one placing higher, finishing second to Anthony Gunter and in front of New Zealand legend Ivan Miller.

In 1978 Gall turned professional and quit his job as a car mechanic, joining long-time friend Anthony Gunter in the Pepsi MX team. That year Gall broke through to win his first Mr. MX title, ahead of Trevor Flood and Pelle Granquist.

Gall narrowly missed out on the 1979 Mr. MX title while leading the series up to the final round. Gunter “nicknamed Grunt” pulled out an ‘ace’ card securing a factory Suzuki bike and snatching victory by the narrowest of margins with Graeme Smythe (WA, Yamaha) in third.

“In 1978 Gall turned professional and quit his job as a car mechanic, joining long-time friend Anthony Gunter in the Pepsi MX team. That year Gall broke through to win his first Mr. MX title, ahead of Trevor Flood and Pelle Granquist.”

Gall narrowly missed out on the 1979 Mr. MX title while leading the series up to the final round. Gunter “nicknamed Grunt” pulled out an ‘ace’ card securing a factory Suzuki bike and rode strongly, snatching victory by the narrowest of margins with Graeme Smythe (WA, Yamaha) in third.

Stephen Gall - Practicing motocross on the family farm at Menai - This photo appeared on the cover of the first Australian Dirt Bike magazine

Stephen Gall, as a teenager, practicing motocross on his family property in Menai, near Sydney in New South Wales

1977 Stephen Gall - Grace Bros MX team

Mr. MX promoter Vince Tesoriero signed Gall up to the Myer MX team in 1977

In 1978 Gall turned professional and joined mate Anthony Gunter in the  Team Pepsi  Yamaha team

Stephen Gall - Yamaha Racing Team in action

In his first year with Team Pepsi Yamaha in 1978, Gall won his first Mr. Motocross title

In 1980, after a three-month pre-season preparation trip with Grunt in California, USA, Gall took his racing to a new level.

Realizing the professionalism of the sport in the US, he worked more on his fitness, stretching, riding technique, nutrition and spent more time practicing on his bikes and bike setting them up. This proved to be a turning point for Gall as a rider, and also as a coach. Over the next few years he was practically unbeatable.

Between 1980 to 1982 Gall won a hat-trick of Mr. MX titles and four Australian 250cc titles in succession (1980-83) to establish himself as one of the all-time greats of Australian motocross – possibly the greatest on home oil.

In 1983, Gall came close to winning four successive Mr. MX titles, but was pipped at the post in the final round by young Victorian rider Ray Vandenberg who won the first three legs on the day, then cruised home in the final to clinch the title.

“After almost ten years at the top, all with Yamaha, Gall was now starting to be challenged by some new kids on the block – Ray Vandenberg, Jeff Leisk, Craig Dack and Glen Bell.”

Honda rider Jeff Leisk was almost unbeatable in 1984 and 1985 – dominating the Mr. MX series in these years, with Gall finishing in second and third, respectively. 

With Leisk moving to the US in 1986 and Europe in 1989, when he finished second in the World 500cc Motocross Championship, it was New South Wales rider Craig Dack’s turn to shine.  Dack won the Mr. MX series in 1986, with Gall finishing fourth that year after badly injuring his knee during the season.

Dack, who was mentored by Gall in the early days, went on to win three more Mr. MX championships on a Honda between 1986-88 and in 1990 on a Yamaha, equaling Gall’s haul of four Mr. MX titles.

Incredibly, between 1976 and 1985 (10 years of Mr. MX competition) Gall placed every year, except his last where he was fourth, narrowly missing the Mr. MX series wins in the last rounds in both 1979 and 1983 – achieving four firsts, three seconds, two thirds and a fourth placing.

Gall with the factory 500 Yamaha works bike that helped him win the 1981 Mr MX series

Gall with the factory 500 Yamaha works bike that helped him win the 1981 Mr. MX series

Stephen Gall being interviewed by journalist Neil Crompton at the 1982 Mr MX presentation

Stephen Gall being interviewed by journalist Neil Crompton at the 1982 Mr. MX presentation

Mr Motocross Legends - Stephen Gall and Craig Dack

After Gall’s four Mr. MX titles and ten years at the top, Craig Dack was the new challenger and also went onto win four Mr. MX titles.

Stephen Gall with friend and Mr MX promoter Vince Tesoriero at the Mr MX Legends and Stars Charity Dinner in 2014

Gall with friend and Mr. MX promoter Vince Tesoriero at the Mr. MX Legends & Stars Charity Dinner in 2014

Five-times Australian Motocross Champion

Despite Gall’s dominance in the Mr. MX series, it took several years until Gall was able to break through and win his maiden Australian Motocross Championship.

In 1977 Gall finished third in the 250cc class at Acusa Park in South Australia, then the following year at Broadford in Victoria he was the runner-up Australian Champion in both the 250cc and 500cc classes.

In 1978, all the top Australian riders were caught out by visiting Swedish rider Pelle Granquist, who showed his speed and endurance winning both the 250cc and 500cc Championships on a Husqvarna at Broadford (VIC), successfully retaining both crowns at Wanneroo (WA) in 1979.

Gall came mighty close to winning the 125cc Australian Championship that year – finishing equal on points with local Honda rider Shane Kirkpatrick. Both riders finished with a first and second placing, but unfortunately, due to the rules of the day, Gall was relegated to second as Kirkpatrick won the second leg.

Finally, in his home State in New South Wales, Gall broke through to win both the Australian 250cc and 500cc Championships in Dargle, near Sydney.

 

“Gall then went on to win four successive Australian 250cc titles – at Symmons Plains (TAS, 1981), Toowoomba (QLD, 1982) and Acusa Park (SA, 1983) – making it five National Motocross Championships.”

1983 was to be Gall’s last rostrum finish in the Australian Motocross Championships, where he also placed third in the 500cc class behind Trevor Williams (VIC, Kawasaki) and US rider Marty Moates (Suzuki).

Due to injuries and other racing commitments, Gall did not contest the 1984 and 1985 Australian Championships at Broadford (VIC) and Noble Falls (WA).

And as was the case for many top riders during this era, a knee injury at the start of  the 1986 season saw Gall pull back from racing and focus on his Training Academy.  Gall actually started training riders at the Hungry Creek Motocross facility (The Academy) in 1977, always wanting to help and mentor young talent, with this training still continuing today!

 

Stephen Gall finished second to Shane Kirkpatrick on a countback in the 1979 Australian 125cc title

In 1979, Gall (right) narrowly missed out on his first Australian Motocross Championship – losing to Shane Kirkpatrick on a countback in the 125cc class

Stephen Gall finally broke through in 1980 to win both the Australian 250cc and 500cc titles at Dargle NSW

Stephen Gall finally broke through in 1980 to win both the Australian 250cc and 500cc titles at Dargle, in his home state of  New South Wales

1981 Stephen Gall - Yamaha Racing Team - Australian Championships in Tasmania

In 1981,  Gall retained his 250cc Australian Motocross title at Symmons Plains (TAS)

Stephen Gall made it three Australian 250cc titles in a row at Toowoomba in Queensland in 1983

Gall at the 1982 Australian Motocross Championships in Toowoomba. His first ride back from a 2 month lay-off after breaking his wrist, Gall made it three 250cc titles in a row

Taking Australian motocross to new heights

Mr. MX promoter Vincent Tesoriero was solely responsible for taking motocross to new professional heights during the 1970s to 1990.

He mentored the top riders on the importance of presenting a good image and ways to promote the sport and introduce big sponsors.

But Gall became his star pupil. With his good looks and charm, Gall became the face of Australian motocross and during that era, the crowds would turn up in the thousands.

As part of the Mr. MX series, Gall would travel the country prior to each round promoting coming rounds through Radio, TV and Newspaper interviews, as well as Shopping Mall promotions.

Stephen Gall four times Mr Motocross winner

During the eighties Gall was the face behind the Mr. MX promotions and helped  boost the sport’s image

Gall - Australia's first Supercross King

Placegetters in the 1980 Coca-Cola Superbowl of Motocross in Sydney [L-R] Rex Staten (first), Stephen Gall (third) and Marty Smith (second)

Gall  finished third at the 1980 Sydney International Supercross to Americans Rex Staten and Marty Smith after his controversial crash while leading

Stephen Gall Supercross - Beating Jimmy Weinart in 1981 Sydney Supercross

Gall made amends in 1981 to win the Sydney International Supercross, beating Jim Wienart (US)

Stephen Gall Bunbury Supercross

Gall won the 20-lap Bunbury Supercross final in WA in 1981, after crashing at the start, then twice during the race to overtake new WA sensation Jeff Leisk

Stephen Gall Supercross 1983 - Penrith

Gall competed at the 1983 Penrith Supercross against World Champions Danny LaPorte (US), Hakan Carlqvist (Sweden) and Graham Noyce (England)

Stephen Gall Supercross 1984 - Chelsea Stadium (London) presentation with Leif Niklasson Sweden

Victory celebrations with Leif Niklassen (Sweden) at the 1984 Chelsea International Supercross in London

The first stadium motocross event took place in 1972 in the United States at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and was promoted by Mike Goodwin and Terry Tiernan, then-president of the AMA.  The event paved the way for constructed, stadium-based motocross events known as Supercross, which took the world by storm in the late seventies and early eighties.

Australia’s first Supercross-style race event was held at Sydney’s Parramatta Raceway in 1978. Speedway promoter, Sid Hopping had a man-made motocross track built inside the confines of his clay speedway venue and a three-round series played out, with Mr. Motocross series rivals Stephen Gall and Anthony Gunter the star attractions.

Gunther won the Unlimited class ahead of Gall, who won the 250cc class, with the two riders winning Yamaha YZs as the major prizes, supplied by the major sponsor – the Brian Collins Motorcycles dealership.

In 1979, another speedway promoter Blair Shephard set up the Stefan’s Superbowl of Motocross at the Archerfield Speedway.  

But the Sydney Supercross on 18 April 1980 was actually one of the first true indoor stadium supercross events held in Australia – as we know the sport today – with Gall taking it right up to the visiting Americans.

Gall led US Supercross Champion Rex Staten for almost the entire 20-lap final, until Staten won in controversial style T-boning Gall with just laps remaining.  Gall finished third behind Rex and another US rider Marty Smith.

Gall said that he found out years later that Rex, who was know for dirty tactics, purposely knocked him down in the quad jumps, bring both riders down, knowing that he was fitter and would get going first – which he did!

It was around this time that Gall and Gunter travelled to race and train in the United States with Gall taking his fitness to a new level.  With his increased fitness and technique, he quickly adapted to this new branch of the sport and won most of the earliest Supercross events in this country.

After his disappointment at the inaugural 1980 Sydney Supercross, Gall made amends in 1981 to beat American Jim Wienert at the Sydney Showground in front of 20,000 fans who were chanting ‘Go Gall’ throughout the race to urge him on, which Stephen describes as one of the highlights of his supercross career.

That year he also won the inaugural Bunbury Supercross in Western Australia, pegging back young Jeff Leisk – who was just up into seniors – around the half-way mark in the 20 lap final, recovering from several race falls including a tangle with Ron Sun (US) early on the first lap.

The 1983 Penrith Supercross at Sydney’s Penrith football stadium was another highlight for Gall – racing up against reigning World 500 motocross champion Hakan Carlqvist and two other world champions Graham Noyce (England) and Danny LaPorte (US), who won the event. LaPorte also won the Fremantle Supercross a week later, with Carlqvist winning an outdoor motocross promotion, which was part of the tour, at Broadford in Victoria.

Then the following year when promoter’s Bob Leisk and Kim Parsons (WA) promoted the first ever Supercross at Chelsea Football Stadium in England, Gall got to compete and won the event against the likes of reigning World Champion Georges Jobe (Belgium), Swedish supercross champion Leif Niklasson and Aussies Beatle Bailey and Bob’s son Jeff.

This win personified Gall’s fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude. After barely qualifying for the main event he grabbed the hole shot beside Jobe, the pair collided in the first corner, with Jobe falling. Gall recovered in the wet conditions, twice falling in the mud, making his way up into second on the final lap of the 20-lap event, behind Nickolsen.  But Nickolsen slid out on a corner and handed the English international supercross win to Gall.

Gall was then invited to compete in the 1984 Bordeaux Supercross in France, placing sixth and being the first non-American home.

Back home, Gall continued to race supercross through to 1988. However, following a knee injury sustained at the start of the 1986 season, Gall was unable to compete at the same level he had become accustomed to over his long and illustrious career.

The final Supercross event he competed in was at the 1988 Supercross Masters in Sydney, where on 12-13 August he finished second to Queenslander James Deakin.

Ironically, two years later, the first official Australian Supercross Championship was held with New South Wales rider Craig Dack being the inaugural winner. 

Without doubt, had this championship been run in earlier years, Gall would have added more National titles to his incredible list of achievements.

Fifteen years later, in 2005, Stephen Gall made a return to Supercross – but in a different role.  That year he travelled to the United States and started coaching up-and-coming Australian rider Michael Byrne, who was a Team Kawasaki rider competing in the AMA 250cc Supercross Championships.

Gall coached Byrne during the 2005 and 2006 supercross seasons spending many days with Michael at the Kawasaki Supercross track near Corona in Los Angeles, getting a closeup view of his team mate and US motocross legend James Stewart in action at the height of his career.

Byrne was a regular top 10 finisher in the premier 250cc class and finished on the podium at the Anaheim circuit on 5 February 2005.  On 10 March 2006 he secured another podium finish – but this time at Daytona – and was sixth overall in the Championship.

Stephen Gall Supercross 1983

Stephen at the 1983 Fremantle Supercross, getting ready to compete against world champions Danny LaPorte (US) and Hakan Carlqvist (Sweden)

Stephen Gall Supercross 1989 - Last ride with James Deakin

Gall ‘s last supercross race at the 1989 Supercross Masters in Sydney with James Deakin

Stephen Gall Supercross - With Michael Byrne in the US

Stephen Gall with Michael Byrne in the United States. Gall coached him during the 2005 and 2006 AMA 250cc Supercross Championship seasons

Stephen Gall Supercross - With Michael Byrne's bike in the US

Gall in Los Angeles (US) with Michael Byrne’s 250cc Kawasaki. Byrne finished 15th and 6th overall in the 2005 and 2006 AMA 250cc SX Championships, respectively, with Gall coaching

Gall's life after motocross racing

Following his 1980 trip to the US, Gall also became a leader in fitness, racing technique development, nutrition and bike set up and a mentor for up and coming riders.

While still racing, he conducting training camps at Hungry Creek and at Dargle Farm, then after retiring from the sport, he established the Stephen Gall Academy of Off Road Riding.

In a joint partnership with Yamaha Australia, Gall ran training camps all around the country. Gall rode Yamahas during his entire career and still is a Yamaha brand ambassador – over more than 40 years.

For Motorcycling Australia he became a high-performance coach and oversaw the MA Elite Training Squad at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) between 1994 and 2016.

With early mentor Len Williamson, the pair started Australia’s effort at the Motocross of Nations World Teams event in 1984, with Gall competing in Australia’s very first entry at the Trophee Des Nations in Varberg, Sweden, alongside David Armstrong (QLD, Honda), Vaughan Style (NSW, Honda) and Trevor Williams (VIC, Kawasaki). 

The following year Gall would take over the Australian team manager role from Williamson, a position Gall held through to the 1992 in the World Motocross of Nations at Manjimup (WA) through to 1992 when Gary Benn took over the role.

Stephen Gall Team Manager Australian MXoN effort in 1984 - with Craig Dack, Jeff Leisk and Glen Bell

Stephen Gall  was the Team Manager for Australia  at the World Motocross of Nations from 1985 to 1992.  Here is he pictured with Craig Dack, Jeff Leisk and Glen Bell at  Vimmerby, Sweden  in 1990.

Some of the key influencers on Gall’s career included family, friends and mechanics like his brother Dean, his mum and dad (Beverley and Bert), Lawrie Sternbeck, Steve Ashkenazi, Frank Pons, John and Brian Collins, his wife Gai and of course the continued support from the Yamaha Motor Company.

Always one to seize the opportunity, Gall established a successful CTI Kneebrace business in 1988 that still operates today and has coordinated and performed motorcycle stunts in the Fury Road and Furiosa Mad Max movies.

Always one to seize the opportunity, Gall established a successful CTI Kneebrace business in 1988 – that still operates today by his son Shaun – and has coordinated and performed stunts in the 2012 ‘Fury Road’ – and now at the age of 65 – 2023 ‘Furiosa’ Mad Max movies.

Stephen is married to lifelong partner Gai and they have two children – Shaun and daughter Alexzandra. 

Stephen Gall has been teaching riding techniques to young riders since 1977

In 1987 Gall established the “Stephen Gall Academy of Off Road Riding” and has been teaching riding techniques to young riders since then

Stephen Gall’s holiday time ‘Academy’ at the legendary Dargle Farm north west of Sydney

Stephen Gall’s holiday time ‘Academy’ at the legendary Dargle Farm, which is located  north west of Sydney in New South Wales

Gall brothers medical knee brace business

In 1988 Stephen Gall and his wife Gai launched the successful CTI Kneebrace business that still operates today

Gall in Mad Max costume

Gall in the ‘Rock Rider’ costume at the Sydney Opera House release of Mad Max ‘Fury Road’ movie in 2012, in which he coordinated and performed some of the motorbike stunts

Stephen Gall’s family from left, son Shaun & his wife Cedoni & daughter Lily, wife Gai, daughter Alexzandra with partner Dale O’Brien

Gall’s family [L-R] son Shaun & wife Cedoni with daughter Lily, wife Gai, daughter Alexzandra with partner Dale O’Brien

Gall's key motocross career highlights

Note: Not all supercross wins have been included. This is still a works in progress.

1982 Stephen Gall - Toshiba Yamaha Racing Team

Throughout his motocross career spanning more than a decade, Gall won four Mr. Motocross Championships, five Australian Championships and more than 30 State Motocross titles

1976
3rd Mr. MX series

1977
3rd 250cc Australian Championships (Acusa Park, SA)
2nd Mr. MX series

1978
2nd 250cc Australian Championships (Broadford, VIC)
2nd 500cc Australian Championships
1st Mr. MX series
1st Sydney Supercross 250cc class (Parramatta Raceway)

1979
2nd 125cc Australian Championship (Wanneroo, WA)
2nd Mr. MX series

1980
1st 250cc Australian Championships (Dargle NSW)
1st 500cc Australian Championships
1st Mr. MX series
1st King of the Cross, Southern Cross
3rd Sydney International Supercross

1981
1st 250cc Australian Championships (Symmons Plains, TAS)
1st Mr. MX series
1st Sydney International Supercross
1st Bunbury Supercross

1982
1st 250cc Australian Championships (Toowoomba, QLD)
1st Mr. MX series

1983
1st 250cc Australian Championships (Acusa Park, SA)
2nd Mr. MX series

1984
2nd Mr. MX series
1st Chelsea International Supercross (London)
6th Bordeaux Supercross (France)

1985
3rd Mr. MX series

1986
4th Mr. MX series

2016
Inducted into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.

Gall's other sporting interests and achievements

Throughout his career, Stephen Gall won more than 30 State Motocross Championships in New South Wales and other states on the east coast.

In between his motocross commitments, Gall found time to go road racing, race Supercross, desert racing, before moving into speedway cars after he retired from motocross.

In addition to motocross, Stephen Gall also won 

  • 1978 Australian 125cc and 500cc Dirt Track Championships
  • 1981 Australian 500cc Championship
  • 1983 Finke Desert Race
  • 1983 3rd Castrol 6-Hour Road Race
  • 1986 Finke Desert Race
  • 1988 Australian Speedcar Speedway Championship
  • 1998 5th Australian Sprintcar Speedway Championship
  • Australian Dual Slalom Mountain Bike Championship, Thredbow (NSW)
Stephen Gall winning the Australian Dirt track title in 78’ on this YZ400D

In 1978, Stephen Gall winning the Australian Dirt track title on a Yamaha YZ400D

Stephen Gall racing the Castrol 6 hour road race - riding with the Yamaha Factory team in the early eighties

Racing the Castrol 6-hour road race – riding with the Yamaha Factory team in the early eighties

Stephen Gall on the gas mid corner at Sydney’s Parramatta City Speedway during my 10 years of Speedway Sprint Car racing

Gall racing sprintcars, making the switch from midgets after winning the 1988 Australian title

Stephen Gall racing a downhill enduro at Nerang on the Gold Coast in 2020

Yamaha ambassador

Stephen Gall raced Yamahas throughout his entire career – for over more than 40 years – and still is a Yamaha brand ambassador today.

Magazine advertisement with Gall promoting the legendary Yamaha WR450

Magazine advertisement with Gall promoting the legendary Yamaha WR450

Gall promoted many of Yamaha’s product over his 44years with now Blue Blood in his veins

Gall promoted many Yamaha  products over his 44-years and now has “Blue Blood” in his veins

Yamaha’s XT1200 Tenere that Gall rode 6,500 kms to the 40th year anniversary of the Alice Springs Funke Desert race

Yamaha’s XT1200 Tenere that Gall rode 600kms to Alice Springs for the Finke Desert race 40-year anniversary

One of the more exciting promo days for Gall aboard a Yamaha YXZ1000 Buggy

One of the more exciting promotion days for Gall aboard a Yamaha YXZ1000 Buggy

Video gallery

1978 MR. MOTOCROSS – Gall wins first Mr. Motocross title in 1978

1978 AUSTRALIAN TITLES – Swede Granquist too good for Aussies at Broadford 

1980 SYDNEY SUPERCROSS – Gall leads Aussies home against the US

1981 BUNBURY SUPERCROSS – Gall wins 20-lap final after first-lap fall

1981 AUSTRALIAN TITLES – Gall wins back-to-back 250cc titles in Tasmania

1982 AUSTRALIAN TITLES – Gall completes a hat-trick in 250cc title in QLD

KING OF THE CROSS – Gall wins at Southern Cross in 1980

KING OF THE CROSS – Gall wins in 1980 and crashes out in 1981

WESTERN CLASSIC – Gall and Leisk swing for World Sidecarcross Champ

GYPSY TALES PODCAST –Gall talks about the Mr. Motocross era of the sport

CROSS TRAINING ENDURO VIDEO – Where are they now? Stephen Gall

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