Motocross Legend Staten

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Motocross Legend Staten

American Rex Staten 1980 Daytona Supercross Champion with insert
1979 Stefan Superbowl of Motocross winners Mike Bell USA, Yamaha, Rex Staten and Stephen Gall
Placegetters in the 1980 Coca-Cola Superbowl of Motocross in Sydney [L-R] Rex Staten (first), Stephen Gall (third) and Marty Smith (second)

Photos:  [Left] US motocross legend  “Rocket Rex” Staten in action for Yamaha; finishing second to fellow countryman the late Mike Bell  at the inaugural Stefan’s Superbowl of Motocross in Brisbane in 1979;  and  winning the 1980 Sydney Supercross  (with Stephen Gall, 3rd) and the late Marty Smith (US, 2nd).

Early international visitor Rex Staten

American motocross rider Rex Staten was born in San Bernadino, California in the United States on 22 January 1955.

“Rocket Rex” Staten first jumped on a 125cc dirt bike at 9, owned a 175cc Ossa at 12 and began racing at 14, quickly showing his potential.  A few years later, in 1972 he was racing the world’s best on a Klemm tuned CZ 250 and leading the US 250cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad, finishing fourth overall.

In 1974 Honda picked him up to ride in the 500 class aboard a works 380cc machine, but he quickly went back to a CZ, switching with Maicos in 1975.

After racing Harley Davidsons for two seasons, Staten joined the American Yamaha professional motocross team in 1978 and won both the 250cc and 500cc classes in the Golden Gate series.  That year he also placed second in the Trans-AMA series.

On 24 November 1979 Staten competed in the Inaugural Stefan’s Superbowl of Motocross event in Brisbane, which was won by fellow countryman Mike Bell.

Staten returned to Australia on 18 April 1980 for the international Coca-Cola Superbowl of Motocross in Sydney, which he won, ahead of the late Marty Smith, after the Americans had just finished 1-2 in the 1980 Daytona Superbowl of Motocross, with Rex taking home the big money.

That year they also raced for the US team in the Trophee des Nations and Motocross des Nations in Europe.

Staten was considered a nice guy off the track. But on the track he had a reputation as a tough competitor who never backed down.  This trait was on full show in Sydney in 1980 when he won the 20-lap final in controversial circumstances after he took down race leader Gall with just 2 laps remaining.

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