News 3 Nov 2017

Industry mourns the passing of Peter Melton

Multiple national champion passes away in Queensland.

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Popular longtime motocross and supercross professional Peter Melton passed away while out riding in Queensland earlier this week, as Motorcycling Australia (MA) has acknowledged his great career.

Melton was recognised as one of the country’s most naturally gifted racers of his time in a career that spanned 20 years, winning multiple Australian championship during his career.

Off the track he was just as respected, a true gentleman of the sport, but a fierce competitor when the gates dropped. Melton spent a large portion of his career on Yamaha, prior to capping it off with a lengthy relationship at Kawasaki.

“Motorcycling Australia (MA) acknowledges the passing of motocross and supercross star, Peter Melton this week,” a statement from MA read. “Melton had an abundance of natural talent, dedication and a technique that was marvelled at by an entire generation. Hailing from Queensland, Melton’s career spanned 20 years and spawned plenty of success with multiple motocross and supercross titles.

“Melton was largely described as a laid back racer with a heart of gold. He enjoyed hanging out with his mates and enjoyed his life to the full. He also enjoyed a special relationship with the fans when he was in his element on the track and thrilled crowds with his special expertise and talent. He was a fierce competitor, multi-time champion and a loyal athlete to his brands including riding for Yamaha and Kawasaki. Melton was also a wonderful coach and mentor and helped to shape motocross and supercross into the behemoths they are today.

“The Australian motorcycle community has lost one of the great loveable and competitive riders in the sport. Melton will long be remembered as a true pioneer and appreciated for his illustrious achievements.”

Our thoughts at MotoOnline.com.au are with the family and friends of Melton, who will forever be remembered as an icon of dirt bike competition in Australia.

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