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Australian Motocross Legend Lee Hogan

Lee Hogan - 1994 Australian Motocross Champion Lee Hogan (Vic)
1993 Australian MXdN rider Lee Hogan
1994 Australian Team Motocross of Nations Ruggenburg Switzerland - Lee Hogan Honda 500cc
Lee Hogan 1994 Australian Motocross Champion

Photo:  Victorian rider Lee Hogan won  two Australian Motocross Championships – the 250cc title in 1993 riding for the Peter Jackson Yamaha Team , and 500cc title in 1994; [Top-right]  Hogan first represented Australia in the World Motocross of Nations team event in Schwanenstadt, Austria in 1993; [middle right’] Hoges at the 1994 MXDN’s  in Roggenberg, Switzerland.

Lee Hogan: Multi-National Junior and Senior Australian Motocross Champion

Victorian rider Lee Hogan was one of Australia’s top motocross riders in the 1980s to ‘90s, winning eleven National Championships at junior and senior level.

Hogan started his motocross career in Western Australia with the Wanneroo Junior Motocross Club and, at age 9, won his first Australian Junior Championship.

He went on to win seven more national juniors titles, two Australian motocross Championships anda National Supercross Championship.

Hogan’s first International experience came in 1985 when, at age 12, he contested the World Mini Grand Prix in Las Vegas, USA – finished eighth overall in the 12-16 years expert class.

To further his motocross career, the family moved back to Victoria in 1986, where he continued to win more State and National Junior titles.

But Lee’s life soon took a dramatic twist when his father was seriously injured, and Lee hurt is back, in a serious head-on car accident on the way to a motocross event in Newcastle, NSW.

But Lee recovered to progress his career and in 1988 moved up into seniors, winning two Victorian Championships in his first attempt.

In 1990, at 16, Hogan moved to Las Vegas in the US to train and race – a move which transformed his career. 

He returned to Australia to compete in the prestigious Mr. Motocross series – winning the Appin round – to become the youngest ever winner.

Unfortunately for Hogan, he was forced to sit out the majority of the 1991 outdoor motocross season after breaking both wrists at a Supercross event at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

After riding Kawasaki’s for eight years, Hogan purchased a Honda towards the end of 1991 and won the New South Wales State 250cc series.

With support from Honda Australia for the 1992 season, Hogan had a successful year finishing second in all three classes in the senior Australian Motocross Championships.

With Craig Dack retiring from professional Motocross racing and becoming team manager for the Peter Jackson Yamaha Team, he saw talent in Hogan and selected him for the team in 1993.

That year Hogan won his first senior National title – winning the Australian 250cc Motocross Championship, winning the 500cc class in 1994.

Between 1995 to 1999, Hogan was the runner-up Australian Champion three times – in 1995 on a Suzuki, 1998 on a KTM, and in 1999 on a Yamaha. In 1997, he won the Australian Supercross Championship – to clinch his eleventh National Championship.

Lee Hogan competed at both national and international level, including various World Grand Prix meetings in Europe and US Supercross events, representing Australia three times in the Motocross of Nations in Europe.

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Lee Hogan won two Australian Championships riding for the Peter Jackson Yamaha Racing Team in 1983-84.

Where it all began for Hoges!

1982 Lee Hogan, first ride on a Yamaha YZ80
Young Lee Hogan - Junior Motocross in WA, by Peter Kitchingman

Lee Hogan was born in Western Australia in 1973, but his family moved to Victoria when he was around 2-3 years of age.

In 1980, he got his first motorbike– a Honda XL75 – when he seven after a friend of his – Bruce Dawes – taught him how to ride. Bruce was 18 and an apprentice mechanic at his father’s business.

The following year, in 1981 the family returned to WA, and within weeks of returning, Lee and his father went to watch their first motocross meeting at the Wanneroo Junior Motocross circuit and the pair both fell in love with the sport.

Lee can recall Jason “The Goose” Marshall crashing heavily in front of the finishing line and they thought he was dead. But he got straight back up on the bike and went on to win the race.

Straight after the event, father and son went shopping and bought a second-hand Yamaha YZ80G and Lee started racing the next week and joined the Wanneroo Junior Motocross Club.

He was a novice that year in 1982 and won most of the events that he competed in.

Then in 1983, at age 9, and in his first full season, Lee won the State and National Championships for his age group.

With five Australian Junior titles under his belt, early in 1986 the family moved back to Victoria, where most of their relatives lived, but also to further Lee’s motocross career.

Photos: [Top] Lee Hogan’s first ride on a Yamaha YZ80G in 1982;  [Bottom] Hogan won eight Australian Junior Championships before moving up into seniors in 1988 (By Peter Kitchingman).

The big move back east

To further his motocross career, Lee Hogan’s family moved back to Victoria in 1986.  That year he won both the Victorian and Australian 100cc Junior Championships, with the National titles held that year in South Australia.

Unfortunately, Lee’s career took a dramatic twist soon after these achievements when he was involved in a serious car accident.  With his father driving, their car had a head-on collision with another car on the way to a motocross meeting in Raymond Terrace, in Newcastle (NSW). Lee’s father was seriously injured and he put his back out, sidelining him from racing for several months.

But Lee recovered to chalk up more minibike wins before moving up into senior ranks in 1988 and winning two Victorian State Motocross titles in his first year.

In 1990, while still 16, Hogan moved to Las Vegas in the US to train and race – a move which transformed his career. He returned to Australia to compete in the prestigious Mr. Motocross series – winning the Appin round – to become the youngest ever winner.

Unfortunately for Hogan, he was forced to sit out the majority of the 1991 outdoor motocross season after breaking both wrists at a Supercross event at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.  After riding Kawasaki’s for eight years, Hogan purchased a Honda towards the end of 1991 and won the New South Wales State 250cc series. 

With support from Honda Australia for the 1992 season, Hogan had a successful year finishing second in all three classes in the senior Australian Motocross Championships – finishing behind Kim Ashkenazi in the 125cc series and 500cc Championship. He was also the Runner-up Australian 250cc Supercross Champion, capping off a great year! 

The 500cc Championship was held at Mount Kembla in New South Wales and Hogan won the first two motos by more than 30 seconds and was leading Ashkenazi in the third, until he got a flat tyre.

With Craig Dack retiring from professional Motocross racing and becoming team manager for the Peter Jackson Yamaha Team, he saw talent in Hogan and selected him for the team in 1993.

Hogan had continued his impressive form into1993 winning the Australian 250cc Motocross Championship – his first senior title. With his confidence high, the following year Hogan became the National 500cc Champion and also finished second in 250cc class in both the motocross and supercross competitions.

Between 1995 to 1999, Hogan was the runner-up Australian Champion three times – in 1995 on a Suzuki, 1998 on a KTM, and in 1999 on a Yamaha. In 1997, he won the Australian Supercross Championship – to clinch his eleventh National Championship.

Lee Hogan competed at both national and international level, including various World Grand Prix meetings in Europe and US Supercross events, representing Australia three times in the Motocross of Nations in Europe (1993, 1994 and 1998).

Motocross des Nations Australian team member

Lee Hogan represented Australia three times in the prestigious Motocross of Nations in Europe.

After winning the National 250cc Championship in 1993, Hogan first raced for Australia at Schwannenstadt in Austria in that class on a Yamaha, along with Glen Bell (NSW, 500cc Honda) and Kim Ashkenazi (NSW, 125cc Suzuki).

The newly crowned Australian 500cc Champion then represented Australia in this class in 1994 at Roggenburg in Switzerland. This year he switched to Honda and Stephen Andrew replaced Glen Bell in the Australian Team (125cc Kawasaki), with Ashkenazi riding in the 250s (Yamaha).

Then in 1998, while riding for KTM, Hogan competed at the “des Nations” at Foxhill in England, along with Craig Anderson (VIC, KTM) and Michael Byrne (VIC, Honda).

1993 Australian Motcoross of Nations team Glen Bell, Lee Hogan and Kim Ashkenazi

1993 Australian Motocross of Nations team in Austria  (Lee Hogan, 17) – Photos supplied by Mark Luksich

1993 Australian Motocross of Nations team Glen Bell (500 Honda), Lee Hogan (250 Yamaha) and Kim Ashkenazi (125 Suzuki)

Lee Hogan (250 Yamaha), Glen Bell (500 Honda)  and Kim Ashkenazi (125 Suzuki) finished 13th  overall in Schwanenstadt, Austria

1994 Australian Team Motocross of Nations Ruggenburg Switzerland - Lee Hogan, Kim Ashkenazi and Stephen Andrew

1994 Aussie team, officials and mechanics in Switzerland – Lee Hogan (500 Hon), Kim Ashkenazi (250 Yam) and Stephen Andrew (125 Kaw)

Hoge's Manjmup 15,000 success

Lee Hogan always performed well at the Cosy Creek circuit at Manjimup (WA)and won the prestigious Manjimup 15,000 in 1998. 

Six times he finished second in this event – in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.

On two occasions he finished equal first on points, but lost on a countback – to Eddie Warren (US) in 1995 and Craig Anderson in 1997. 

His second in 1999 was to the late and legendary Andrew McFarlane who went on to pursue a very successful international career.

1998 Manjimup 15,000 winner Lee Hogan wins the start at  the Cosy Creek circuit

Life after professional motocross racing

Throughout a racing career that spanned over 20 years, Hogan also won dozens of State titles and major events on the National motocross calendar, including winning the prestigious Manjimup 15,000 in 1999.

When Lee Hogan retired from professional racing in 2003, he established one of Australia’s most successful motocross coaching schools and continues to run training for riders through his Building Champions Program.

He is now a commentator on the Australian MXTV team, which covers the Penrite ProMX Championship series across the country.

Lee Hogan MXTV commentator

Lee Hogan, MXTV Commentator

Hogan's key career highlights

1983 Australian Motocross of Nations - Lee Hogan

In addition to these achievements, Lee Hogan won dozens of State titles in WA, Victoria, New South Wales  and major National events

Juniors

8-times Australian Junior Motocross Champion for his age group, including these major victories:

1983
Australian 9-10 Years 60cc Champion

1984
Australian 11-12 Years 80cc Champion
Western Australian 60cc and 80cc Champion

1985
Australian ACU 80cc Champion

1986
Australian 100cc Champion
Victorian 100cc Champion

Seniors

1988

Victorian 125cc and 250cc Motocross Champion

1990
Lived, raced and trained in the United States

1991
New South Wales State Motocross Champion

1992
Runner-up Australian 125cc Motocross Champion (Honda)
Runner-up Australian 500cc Motocross Champion (Honda)

1993
Australian 250cc Motocross Champion (Yamaha)
Represented Australia in the World MXdN (Schwanenstadt, Austria)

1994
Australian 500cc Motocross Champion (Honda)
Runner-up Australian 250cc Motocross Champion (Honda)
Represented Australia in the World MXdN (Roggenburg, Switzerland)

1995
Runner-up Australian 250cc Motocross Champion (Suzuki)

1997
Australian Supercross Champion

1998
Runner-up Australian 250cc Motocross Champion (KTM)
Represented Australia in the World MXdN (Foxhill, England)

1999
Runner-up Australian 250cc Motocross Champion (Yamaha)
Manjimup 15000 winner

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