Motocross Legend Glover, Broc

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Broc Glover racing in the Rat Shirts International at Amaroo Park in New South Wales
1988 Americans Broc Glover, Brock Glover, Mike Kiedrowski and Doug Dubach in Australia

Photos:  American Motocross Legend Broc Glover’s first and last races in Australia – [Left]  Glover in action at the 1981 Rats Shirts International  at Amaroo Park in New South Wales;  and [Right] Glover’s farewell supercross tour down under in 1988 with fellow Americans Mike Kiedrowski and Doug Dubach.

American Broc Glover ends his illustrious racing career down under

AMA Motocross Legend Broc Glover from San Diego in California (USA) competed several times in Australian supercross and motocross events during the 1980s.

Dubbed the “Golden Boy”, Glover was one of the leading racers in the history of AMA Motocross winning six AMA National Motocross Championships, a record which stood for nearly 20 years until 2003, when Ricky Carmichael finally eclipsed the mark. Glover won all of his titles riding for Yamaha.

Fresh from winning the 1981 AMA 500cc MX Championship and Trans-USA series, Glover competed down under on 29 November 1981 in the Ratshirts Yamaha International Motocross at Amaroo Park (NSW), but machine failure let him down. The following week, however, he won the Melbourne Supercross Masters against a world-class line-up and Australia’s top racers.

Seven years later, Australian supercross promoter John Fenton brought Glover back to Australia for a series of stadium supercross events across the country in what turned out to be a farewell tour.

The American legend won the Chandler Superbowl of Motocross in Brisbane on 24 September 1988, but his colours were lowered in Perth in October by local hero Jeff Leisk. In a spectacular dual, the Australian motocross legend Jeff Leisk held off Glover to win the Burswood Supercross.  Leisk, the Honda HRC Factory rider, returned to Australia from America before his assault on the 1989 World Motocross Championship in Europe, where he came second in his first attempt.

The Burswood Supercross pm Saturday, 15 October 1988 was Glover’s last professional race before retiring. His final race in the United States was at the Los Angeles Coliseum on 18 June 1988 in the AMA 250SX Championship, where he finished on a high with a win – a fitting postscript to his racing career in America.

Though primarily known throughout his 13-year career as a motocross specialist, Glover won 10 AMA Supercross races during his career, placing him at the time in the top 10 on the all-time wins list.

He retired from racing at the end of 1988 with injuries mounting and top results getting harder and harder to come by, but was coaxed out of retirement briefly in 1989 to race in World 250cc Motocross Championship. 

However, the factory KTM squad he rode for was plagued with constant mechanical problems and Glover was not a major factor in the championship.  But, as he did in America in 1988, again it was a fitting end to his career, with Glover winning the final moto of the season at Angreau in Belgium on 27 August 1989.

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US Motocross Legend Broc Glover's story

1981 Broc Glover Australian Supercross Masters winner Melbourne

“The Golden Boy” Broc Glover was one of the most successful motocross and supercross racers in America, being inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2000.

Broc Glover, from San Diego in California, was born on 16 May 1960. During his career, Glover won six AMA national championships, a record which stood for nearly 20 years until 2003, when Ricky Carmichael finally eclipsed the mark.

Glover turned pro and headed to the AMA Nationals the week after he turned 16. In his very first race, Glover was running second at the 125cc national at Red Bud, Michigan, before the chain fell off his bike.  Winning a moto in his rookie season (at Houston) and after finishing fifth in the 125 series, he was recognized as one of the leading up-and-coming riders in AMA Motocross and signed on with Yamaha in 1977.

He raced in the AMA Motocross Championships between 1976 to 1988, winning the 125cc National Championship in 1977, going on to complete a hattrick in 1878 and 1979. In 1978, he won the 125cc United States Grand Prix in Lexington, Ohio.

In 1981 Glover moved up into the 500cc class, winning the national championship in his first year in this class. That year he also won the 1981 Trans-USA series, formerly known as the Trans-AMA series. Glover added two more 500cc championships to his tally in 1983 and 1985. In 1983, he was a member of the winning 1983 USA Motocross and Trophy des Nations squad and again part of the Trophy des Nations team as a last-minute fill-in for an injured David Bailey in 1984.

When he retired after the 1988 season, Glover held the AMA all-time wins record in both AMA 125cc motocross and 500cc motocross – winning all of his titles riding for the American Yamaha factory racing team. In 2000, Broc Glover was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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