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Top WA motocross riders

Top WA motocross riders

This section features Western Australia’s State motocross legends, with links to interesting stories and videos on each.

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Riders in YEARS OF COMPETING
Peter Nicol

1950s – 1960s

1955 Australian Motocross Championship - Peter Nicol wins the Unlimited title and Harley Scramble

Peter Nicol was one of Australia’s top motocross riders in the 1950s. He won three Australian Motocross Championships – winning his first two in 1955 in front of 15,000 spectators at the famous Rope Works Circuit in Mosman Park.  At that same event he won the prestigious Harley Scramble for the fourth time, which was combined with the same event.

John Rock

1950s – 1960s

1955 Australian and Western Australian Scrambles Champion John Rock

John Rock was one of the first WA riders to win a National Motocross Championship.  On 3 July 1955 in front of 20,000 people at the Rope Works Circuit in Mosman Park, he won the 250cc class.  Rock was also on the first Australian Team to win an ISDE Gold Medal in 1957 in Czechoslovakia.  Pictured here, he rode for 3 days with a broken mudguard  on his shoulder to avoid being disqualified.

Charlie west

1950s – 1960s

AMXH All time greats No 7 - Charlie West

Charlie West was Australia’s best motocrosser in the late fifties.  He won won four Australian Motocross Championships in that decade and went on to win seven Australian titles and more than 17 State titles across the country throughout his career.  West achieved this results despite spending 3 years racing International motocross in in Europe.

Robert (Bob) O’Leary

1960s

Australian Motocross Champion Robert O'Leary

Bob O’Leary won two Australian Motocross Championships in the 250cc and 500cc classes in Queensland in 1963. He won two WA State titles (Unlimited class in 1964 and 500cc class in 1966).  In 1969 he was the unlimited  Australian Short Circuit Champions at Forrestfield, WA. Over his racing career, Bob won state titles in scrambles, short circuit and grass track and sidecars at Claremont Speedway.

glen Britza

1960s – 1970s

Vale Glen Britza WA (left)

Glen Britza, from Bunbury, won eight State WA Championships between 1966 and 1971 in all classes.  He was also twice the Runner-up State Sidecarcross Champion with Peter Ecclestone in 1968-69.  Britza was twice the 250cc Runner-up Australian Champion, at Moorebank (NSW) and Rope Works (WA).  He joined the Bunbury motorcycle club in 1956 and was an active member for over 50 years.

Gordon Renfree

1960s – 1970s

Gordon Renfree Australian Champion 350cc - 1950-60s

Gordon Renfree, from Bunbury, won four Australian Motocross Championships between 1962 and 1968.  Renfree won the 250cc class twice – at Authurs Creek (SA) and at the Rope Works (WA) in 1962.  He won the Unlimited class at Archerfield, Brisbane (QLD) in 1963 and 350 class at Collie in 1968.  At a State level, he won five WA Championships, three in the 250 class and two in the All Powers (Unlimited) class.

Richie Kings

1960s – 1970s

Motocross Promoter - Bob Couzens, King of the Cross

The late Richard (Richie) Kings from Northam won eight State motocross championships and finished on the winners podium 15 times.  During the 1968 and 1969 seasons, he won every Open or Unlimited event held in WA.  At the 1968 Australian Motocross Championships at Collie, he was the runner-up Unlimited Champion, behind Victorian Ray Fisher on a Matchless  Metisse, the last British 4 stroke win.

graeme smythe

1970s to 1980s

1979 Mr Motocross Graeme Smythe leads in Round 1

Graeme Smythe, from Kalgoorlie, was one of the Nation’s top motocross riders in the 1970s-1980s.  Smythe was a serious challenger in the National Mr Motocross series in 1976 and 1979.  During this period, he won two Australian Championships, multiple State Championships in WA and NSW’s and other National events.

Neville Cutts

1970s – 1980s

Neville Cutts Australian and State Motocross Champion

Neville Cutts, from Manjimup, won the Australian Unlimited Motocross Championship at Wanneroo in 1979 and was the Runner-up 250cc Champion that year on a Suzuki.  Cutts was a top National rider in the 1980s, becoming Honda’s first professional motocross rider based in Tullamarine, Melbourne, at its factory to compete in all major events in Australia. He won nine State titles, including two junior RLH titles.

Jeff leiSk

1970s – 1980s

From Scrambling to Motocross - 1992 Runner-up world 500cc Motocross Champion - Jeff Leisk

Jeff Leisk is one of Australia’s most decorated motocross riders.  He was the first Australian to win a World Junior Motocross Championship (1979), first to win a moto in the professional United States AMA Motocross series (1987) and first to place in the World Motocross Championships, finishing second in the 500cc class in 1989. On home soil, Leisk won eight Australian Motocross Championships. 

dale britton

1980s – 1990s

1992 Motocross Des Nations - Team Australia Dale Britton 250

Dale Britton, from Rockingham, was a top National motocross competitor during the 1980s to 1990s.  Britton won the 1996 Australian 125cc Championship and represented Australia in the 250cc class at the 1992 World Motocross of Nations at Manjimup, WA. At a State level, Britton won more WA titles than any other rider – 13 titles in all classes.

Bill watson

1950s – 2020s

Bill Watson 6 times WA State Motocross Champion on the 250cc Maico at Herne Hill WA in 1961

Bill Watson, from Kalgoorlie, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Motorcycling Western Australia in 2014.  Bill started racing scrambles in 1947 and is still racing VMX today in his nineties.  Bill was the Runner-up Australian 500cc Motocross Champion in 1955, when WA hosted the event at the Rope Works, in Mosman Park.  Bill won six WA State titles and also raced speedway, trials and road racing.

Top 10 WA State Motocross Champions

Riders in order of senior state motocross championships

* Includes Restricted License Holder (RLH) Championships hosted by Motorcycling Western Australia

1) graeme Smythe

1970s to 1980s

10 firsts, 11 seconds,  5 third places

Graeme Smythe Australian Motocross Champion

Graeme Smythe, from Kalgoorlie, won 10 WA State Motocross Championships between 1970 and 1984, plus one New South Wales Championship while competing on the east coast.  Smythe won two Australian Championships and was a serious challenger in the National Mr Motocross series in 1976 and 1979.  He lead the 1979 series on his Yamaha until the last four-lap race of the series.

2) Dale Britton

1970s to 1980s

10* firsts, 4 seconds,  1 third place

Dale Britton in action

Dale Britton, from Rockingham, has also won ten State WA Motocross Championships over 15 years in all classes, winning two Junior RLH titles in 83-84 and the Unlimited in 1990.  At a National level, Britton won the 1996 Australian 125cc Championship and twice represented Australia in the World Motocross of Nations, including at Manjimup, WA in 1992.

3) Neville Cutts

1970s to 1980s

9* firsts, 2 second places

Neville Cutts Australian Motocross Champion

Neville Cutts, from Manjimup, won nine State WA Motocross championships, including two junior RLH titles in 1975 and 1976.  Between 1977 and 1981 Cutts won State titles in every class, including the 125/250 double in 1977 and 250/Unlimited in 1978.  Cutts was a top National rider winning the Australian Unlimited Motocross Championship at Wanneroo in 1979, before becoming Honda Australia’s first professional rider.

4) Glen Britza

1950s to 1970s

8 firsts,  5 seconds, 1 third place

Glen Britza Harley Scramble Ropeworks Mosman Park

Glen Britza, from Bunbury, won eight State WA Championships between 1966 and 1971 in all classes.  He was also twice the Runner-up State Sidecarcross Champion with Peter Ecclestone in 1968-69.  At a National level, Britza placed four times between 1961 (NSW) and 1962, in three classes at the Rope Works (WA).  He joined the Bunbury motorcycle club in 1956 and was an active member for over 50 years.

5) Ritchie Kings

1960s to 1970s

6 firsts, 4 seconds, 6 third places

Motocross Promoter - Bob Couzens, King of the Cross

The late Richard (Richie) Kings from Northam won six State motocross championships and finished on the winners podium 16 times.  During the 1968 and 1969 seasons, he won every Open or Unlimited event held in WA.  Richie moved to Southern Cross and designed the original Carnicelli Park circuit, which hosted the famous King of the Cross.  The new town motocross circuit is now named after him.

6) Matt Bastista

1990s to 2010s

8* firsts and 2 second place

Matt Battista 6 times WA State Motocross Champion

Matt Battista won eight WA State Motocross Championships over two decades in the sport, including a Junior RLH title.   Combined with his junior motocross career, Battista won 25 State Motocross Champion titles.  He competed at National level and in the World 125cc Grand Prix at Manjimup in 1993.  He later switched to road racing and was successful in this branch of the sport too. But his racing career came to an end in 2008 following a serious crash at Wanneroo Raceway.

7) Jason Marshall

1970s to 1980s

7 firsts,  2 seconds, 3 third places

1992 Jason Marshall Motocross of Nations

Jason Marshall won seven WA State Motocross  Championships in the 1980s-1990s. Marshall won his first State title in 1987 in the 500cc class and last last in the 250cc class in 1993.  That year he was the runner-up 125cc National champion. In 1992 Marshall represented Australia in the Motocross of Nations, the year it was held at Manjimup.  He rode the 250cc class and finished in the Top 10 against a world class field.

8) Bill watson

1950s to 2020s

6 first,  2 second places

1959 Bill Watson, winner of the Goldfields Open

Bill Watson, from Kalgoorlie, won six WA State Championships. He won the inaugural Unlimited Championship  at Hilton Park in 1955 on a B.S.A.  Bill dominated the 350cc class on a Husqvarna – winning this class four times between 1970 to 1974, having also won in 1962.  Bill was the Runner-up Australian 500cc Motocross Champion in 1955, when WA hosted the event at the Rope Works, in Mosman Park. 

9) michael addison

2000s

5 firsts, 2 seconds, and 1 third place

Michael Addison 5 times State WA motocross champion

Michael Addison has won more WA State Championships in this century, than any other rider – winning five titles.  Between 2004 and 2008 he won three MX1 (2005,’07,’08) and two MX 2 titles  (2004,’06).  In 2001 the MX1 class became the premier class for two-stroke engines up to 250cc and four-stroke engines of up to 450cc. The MX2 class is for 125cc two-strokes to 250cc four-strokes for riders under 23 years. 

10) Gordon Renfree

1960s

5 firsts,  1 second, 2  third places

1968 - Gordon Renfree from Bunbury wheel stands his Greeves down the straight -Photo Tony Forsyth

Gordon Renfree, from Bunbury,  won five WA State Championships in the sixties. Renfree won his first in the 250cc class at Kalgoorlie in 1960, winning the this class three times (also in 1962 and 1964).  He won two Unlimited Championships in 1965-66.  He was a top National competitor, winning four Australian Motocross Championships between 1962 and 1968. 

WA Sidecarcross Teams - Australian Champions & placegetters

Stan smith & barry kennington

1965 to1968

Aust. titles – 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third placing

Vale Stan Smith WA

Western Australian Sidecar Team Stan Smith and Barry Kennington are the only WA team to win a double National Sidecar Championship in the one season.  At Clarendon in South Australia on  5 September 1965, Smith – Kennington won both the Junior and Unlimited classes on an Ariel.   The late Stan Smith’s bike and memorabilia is on display at the RAC Museum at Whiteman Park in Western Australia.

lloyd chapman & charlie thomas

1962

Aust. titles – 1 win

1962 Australian Sidecar Champions - Lloyd Chapman and Charlie Thomas

Western Australian Sidecar Team Lloyd Chapman and  Charlie Thomas became the first WA competitors to win an Australian Championship on 17 June 1962.  That year the Championships were held at the Rope Works circuit in Mosman Park and Chapman – Thomas won the Junior Sidecar class on a B.S.A. homebuilt outfit, ahead of locals Stan Smith and Murray Newton and Victorians Robert McDonough – Don Denver, making it a B.S.A. clean sweep.

max annear & colin motteram

1963

Aust. titles – 1 win

Max Annear - Colin Motteram (WA, Ariel)

Western Australian Sidecar Team Max Annear and Colin Motteram made it two Australian Championship wins for WA – winning the Unlimited class on 11 August 1963 at Archerfield, Brisbane (QLD).  Riding a homebuilt Ariel outfit, Annear – Motteram finished ahead of W. Martin – K. Turrell (Norton) and H. Rowe – D. Davison (VIC, B.S.A.).

CLIFF COOK & JOHN STEYNTJES

1986 to 1989

Aust. titles – 1 second, 3 third placings

1987 Runner-up Australian Junior Sidecar Champions Cliff Cook and John Steyntjes

Western Australian Sidecar Team Cliff Cook and John Steyntjes were the Runner-up Australian 500cc Sidecar Champions in 1987 at Smithton in Tasmania (pictured).  Cook – Steyntjes also  finished third that year in the Unlimited class on a Honda VMC outfit.  They won the first 500cc leg and were third in the second, finishing 2 points behind overall leader Brian Stewart and Kim Demarte (VIC, Kawasaki) who won the second leg.

Wayne & Dean fanderlinden

1979

Aust. titles – 1 third

1979 Australian Motocross Championships Wanneroo - Wayne and Dean Fanderlinden 3rd in 1000cc class

Western Australian Sidecar Team the Fanderlinden Brothers, Wayne and Dean, finished third in the 1979 Australian Unlimited Sidecar Championship at Wanneroo in WA.  Riding a Norton WASP, the Fanderlinden’s finished behind South Australian’s David Wells – Trevor Thompson (Norton WASP) and Australian Sidecar ace Barry Buckley –  Russell Elmi (Norton WASP).

CLIFF COOK & Jeff holmes

1979

Aust. titles – 1 second

1979 Runner up Australian Junior Sidecar Champions Cliff Cook and Jeff Holmes (WA, Yamaha Wasp)

Western Australian Sidecar Team Cliff Cook and Jeff Holmes were the Runner-up Australian 500cc Sidecar Champions in 1979 at Wanneroo in WA.  Riding a Yamaha WASP, they finished behind newly crowned Australian Champions Kevin Taylor – Peter Menz (SA, Kawasaki WASP) and  Australian Sidecar Legend Barry Buckley –  Russell Elmi (SA, Yamaha WASP).

Top 10 WA State Sidecarcross Champions

TEAMS in order of state motocross championships and placings
1) CLIFF COOK & JOHN STEYNTJES

1970s to 1980s

WA titles – 4 wins, 2 seconds, 3 thirds

1986 John Steyntjes [Far right] at the Czechoslavakian International with Cliff Cook, British Champion Terry Good and multiple World Champion Andreas Husser.

Cliff Cook won four consecutive WA State Sidecarcross Championships between 1987 to 1990.  He won the first three with John Steyntjes on a lightweight Honda VMC sidecar after returning from racing in Europe in 1986. At a National level  they placed four times between 1986 to 1989, finishing the Runner-up Australian 500cc Sidecar Champions in 1987 at Smithton in Tasmania.

2) joe grasso & peter williams

1970s to 1980s

WA titles – 4 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third

Joe Grasso and Peter Williams dominated the local WA sidecar scene in the early eighties winning  four State Championships in between 1981 and 1985.  Grasso – Williams won their first two championships in 81/82 on a Norton WASP and in 84/85 and a Yamaha EML, winning their last title on the outfit purchased from World Champion Emil Bollhalder (pictured).  The pair won the King of the Cross three times – the most of any team.

3) Stan smith & barry kennington

1960s to 1980s

WA titles – 4 wins, 2 thirds

Vale Stan Smith WA

Stan Smith and Barry Kennington were WA’s most successful sidecarcross team – winning four State WA titles and two National Sidecar Championships.  The pair won the double  at Clarendon, South Australia on  5 September 1965, winning both the Junior and Unlimited Australian titles on an Ariel.  Smith won two WA titles with Kennington, his first with Murray Netwon on a B.S.A. in 1962 and his last with R.Bennett in 1967.

4) colin cook & bob sharp, mark Ewens

1970s to 1980s

WA titles – 3 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds

Western Australian Sidecar Team Colin Cook and Bob Sharp won back-to-back WA State Sidecar Championships in 1978-79 on a Norton WASP.  Colin retired in the early eighties but made a comeback and won his third State Championship in 1986 on a Yamaha EML, with Mark Ewens in the chair. He also contested the Australian Championships on three occasions – with Sharp in 1978-79 and Ewens in 1985.

5) John & Bill McDermott

1960s

WA titles – 2 firsts, 2 second placings

1968 Runner-up Australian Sidecar Champions in both classes - Bill and John McDermott WA

Collie brothers Bill and John McDermott won back-to-back WA State Championships in 1968-69, riding a Jawa homebuilt outfit. They were also twice Runner-up Australian Sidecar Champions – in 1968 finishing second in both Junior and Senior classes at the Nationals held in their home town. Bill twice finished second at State level – with John in 1967, behind Stan Smith – and with D. Stewart in 1964.

6) peter mabbs & phil ford

1970s

WA titles – 2 firsts, 2 third placings

1975 and 1976 WA State Motocross Champions - Peter Mabbs and Phil Ford

Peter Mabbs and Phil Ford won back-to-back WA State Sidecarcross titles in 1975-76, riding a Triumph homebuilt outfit.  State Sidecar Championships were not held in WA between 1970 to 1974.  But after there was a resurgence in 1975 after the National  titles at Manjimup in WA.  Mabbs imported a British WASP chassis to WA and finished third with Ford (1977) Tony Ecclestone (1978) with a Kawasaki engine.

7) Wayne & Dean fanderlinden

1970s-1980s

WA titles – 1 first, 3 seconds, 1 third placing

1979 Australian Motocross Championships Wanneroo - Wayne and Dean Fanderlinden 3rd in 1000cc class

The Fanderlinden Brothers, Wayne and Dean, won the 1980 State Championship on their Norton WASP.  They lead the entire 1979 series up to the final round and were leading until they got a flat tyre with just laps remaining.  The Fanderlinden’s placed five-times in the State Championships and were third in the 1979 Australian Unlimited Sidecar Championship at Wanneroo in WA.

8) Jack McDonnell & Campbell Leitch

1970s

WA titles – 1 first, 2 seconds and 1 third

1978 WA State Sidecarcross Champions Jack McDonnell and Campbell Leitch

Jack McDonnell and Campbell Leitch won the 1977 WA State Sidecarcross Championship on a Norton WASP., one of the first imported to WA.  They twice finished second in the State titles – to Peter Mabbs in 1976 on a Hornet and Colin Cook in 1978, who was also on a new Norton WASP.  Jack’s son Geoff also raced sidecarcross and was the State Junior Champion in 1977 on a Yamaha WASP with Jack’s nephew Mike McDonnell in the chair .

= 9) max annear & colin motteram

1960s

WA titles – 1 first and 1 third placing

Max Annear - Colin Motteram (WA, Ariel)

Max Annear and Colin Motteram won the 1963 WA State Sidecarcross Championship on an Ariel homebuilt sidecar.  That year, they also won an Australian Championship – winning the Unlimited class on 11 August 1963 at Archerfield, in Brisbane (QLD).  In 1964 in the State titles Annear – Mottram finished third behind the late Ray Withers / R. Bateman and Bill McDermott / D. Stewart.

= 9) ray withers & R. Bateman

1960s

WA titles – 1 first and 1 third placing

Ray Withers WA State Sidecar Champion 1964, passengered at Rockingham by Terry Uren

The late Ray Withers and Robin Bateman won the 1964 WA State Sidecar Championship.  The pair also finished third in the 1967 State titles, behind Stan Smith / R. Bennett (Arial) and Collie brothers Bill and John McDermott (Jawa).  Withers, from Bunbury, was tragically killed in a sidecar accident in 1968.  This photo, with passenger Terry Uren, was taken at the Rockingham circuit, shortly before his death.

= 9) Michael Wimmer & John Steyntjes

1980s

WA titles – 1 first and 1 third placing

1983 Mick Wimmer - John Steyntjes and Max Hills - Simon Cassell - Manjimup

Mick Wimmer and John Steyntjes won the 1983 WA State Motocross Championship ahead of the Wayne Fanderlinden brothers, Wayne and Dean Fanderlinden and Max Hills – Simon Cassell.  That year Wimmer-Steyntjes and Grasso-Williams imported the first Yamaha EML sidecars to WA.  Wimmer-Steyntjes finished third in the ’81 WA titles and won the ’82 King of the Cross on a Yamaha WASP. Mick retired in WA after an accident at Northam, but raced in Europe in 1986-87.

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