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Motocross stunt rider Doug Domokos

Motocross stunt rider Doug Domokos

Motocross stunt rider Doug Domokos

Doug Domokos motocross stunt rider and wheelie king

Photo and video: [Left] The late Doug Domokos in action down under, mono-wheeling at a supercross  in the 1980s; and [right] Crossing the the Sydney Harbour Bridge on one wheel on his Kawasaki as a promotion for the Coca-cola Superbowl of Supercross.

Domokos "The wheelie king" down under

The late, great ‘wheelie king’ Doug Domokos entertained millions of fans at early supercross events across Australia in the early 1980s.  The American stunt rider made his first international appearance outside of the United States at the inaugural Coca-cola Superbowl of Supercross on 19 April 1980.

As a promotion leading up to the event, Domokos rode a Kawasaki KLX250 four-stoke enduro bike on one wheel right across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with promoter Blair Shepherd capturing the stunt on video.

As the main entertainment act at the Sydney event, Domokos stunned the crowd with his ability to lift the front wheel completely into the air while traversing the entire supercross course, including the jump sections – with some being up to 4 metres high.

Domokos originally became interested in this unusual activity when he was a 15-year-old hill climber and drag racer.  These events required skill and control on one wheel, which Doug mastered and set himself a goal of becoming the best wheelie rider in the world, which he achieved!

Domokos was so good he forged a professional career as a stunt motorcyclist and held many world records, including the world’s longest and tallest wheelies.

In 1984, he made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with his 145 mile long wheelie at Talladega Speedway, a record that would stand for over 8 years.  Then later he mono wheeled 5 circles on the roof of the Empire State Building.

Sadly, on 26 November 2000, Domokos died at age 44 in an ultralight aircraft accident in Murrieta, California.  He was survived by his fiancee and son, Nikolas.

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