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Australia on the world stage

Australia on the world stage

From Scrambling to Motocross

history of australian motocross - chapter 5: australia on the world stage
From Scrambling to Motocross - 1992 Motocross of Nations Manjimup

In 1992 Australia hosted the World Motocross of Nations – International teams event at Cosy Creek, Manjimup in Western Australia

Australian Motocross on the world stage

Since its inception, motocross participation numbers continued to grow across Australia with competition numbers probably peaking in the 1970s and 1980s.

Because numbers were so high in the seventies, State riders were divided into two classes – experts and non-experts – with two separate meetings held on weekends. It was not uncommon for over 100 competitors to start the final feature races, with multiple rows on the start-line.

Australian fans got a taste of International Motocross in the late 1960s, early 1970s, when Australian-born pioneer of motocross Tim Gibbes ran the Australian New Zealand International Motocross Series.

But in the nineties, Australia got to host several World Championship events.

In 1992, the World Motocross des Nations teams event was held at Manjimup in Western Australia.

This was the first time ever that the event had been staged outside of Europe.

Due to its success, Australia won the rights to host a World 125cc Motocross Grand Prix at the same venue the following year.

Then in 2000, a round of the World 500cc Championship was held at Broadford in Victoria.
Like Manjimup, this was a big success and Broadford got to host a round of the 125/250/500 World Championships in 2001.

That year the FIM changed the Grand Prix format with all classes being held at the same rounds.

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1966 Australian NZ International Tour - WA Ray Duncan - Freddi Postmann AU - Tim Gibbs NZA - John Rock -Alf Carstairs - Trevor Lawrance WA and UK rider Randy Owen

Australia adopted the term ‘motocross’ in the mid 1960s when the Aust. NZ International tour was held here

From Scrambling to Motocross - 1992 Motocross of Nations Manjimup

When Australia hosted the 1992 Motocross of Nations, it was the first time the event had been held outside of Europe

1993 World 125cc Grand Prix Programme - Manjimup Western Australia

Manjimup hosted a World 125cc Grand Prix in 1993 

The most successful Australian Motocross of Nations Team ever – Craig Dack (251), Jeff Leisk (500) and Glen Bell (125)

Australia’s most successful MX of Nations Team – Dack, Leisk, Bell  in 1988

2000 World 500cc Grand Prix - Broadford - Andrew McFarlane

The late Andrew McFarlane’s inspiring ride at the 2000 500cc Grand Prix at Broadford secured him an international contract for 2001

Andrew McFarlane - Second in the 500cc World Grand Prix Broadford 2001

After placing fourth in 2000, McFarlane finished second overall at the Australian round of the World 500cc Motocross Championship at Broadford

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1971 Aust NZ International Motocross Tour

1992 Motocross of Nations, Manjimup, Australia

2001 Australian 500cc Grand Prix, Broadford

1989  Motocross of Nations, Gaildorf, Germany

Jeff Leisk at the 1989 Dutch 500cc Grand Prix

1989 San Marino 500cc Grand Prix

From Scrambles to Motocross

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Chapter 1
The British invention
down under

Chapter 2
Australian Motocross Championships

Chapter 3
Australian Championship format

Chapter 4
The Great Australian Motocross War

Chapter 5
Australian motocross on the world stage

Chapter 6
Australian International Pioneers

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