News 22 Mar 2010

Oz MX: Jimmy Ellis to ride at Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza

Jimmy Ellis will ride at the HBBB this year.

Jimmy Ellis will ride at the HBBB this year.

Motorcycling Australia has announced that former American and Australian Motocross and Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis will take to the tracks this Easter on 3-4 April as part of the 2010 Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza (HBBB).

Born in 1955, in Middletown, Connecticut USA, Ellis was one of the first stars of Supercross, winning the 1975 US 250cc title on a Can-Am.

He began visiting Australia in 1983, contesting the rich Manjimup event in that year onboard a KTM.

In 1984 he won the Australian 500cc Championship at Broadford on a Yamaha, before going one better in 1985, taking both 125cc and 250cc titles at Nobles Falls, Western Australia on Yamahas supplied by Trevor Flood.

Western Australia suited Ellis, and he cleaned up the country’s biggest cash prize in the discipline of Motocross at Manjimup in 1986, winning the $6000 main event and scoring a trip to Hawaii for good measure.

Later in the year he collected the $3500 gold nugget first prize at the King of the Cross meeting before a serious knee injury curtailed his top level career.

Ellis who now resides at Bunbury, WA, still enjoys competing in the Veterans class in outdoor Motocross, and will ride a 1979 CR250 Honda at the 2010 HBBB.