News 1 Aug 2018

Supercross 'Legends and Champions' on show in Geelong

Take a ride down memory lane at round three of the season.

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Fans at round three of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championships presented by Yamaha Motor Australia at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, Victoria, are set to enjoy the ultimate dose of supercross nostalgia.

A star-studded line-up of Australian Supercross Legends and Champions are set to make a special appearance at the 13 October event.

The Legends and Champions revival will be headlined by decorated Australian dirt bike veteran Craig Dack, who is a Geelong local, and his longtime arch-rival Glen Bell, in a special feature of the national championship meeting. Craig Anderson, Troy Carroll, Jay Marmont, Danny Ham, Cameron Taylor and Ryan Marmont are also confirmed to appear.

“It will be an absolute thrill for multiple generations of race fans to see so many Legends and Champions of Australian Supercross on the grid together,” enthused Geelong race organiser and triple world champion Troy Bayliss, of Troy Bayliss Events.

“The Dack versus Bell rivalry was huge back in the 1980s and early 1990s and to see these two heroes of the sport take to the track once again will be a very special occasion, where true fans of the sport can show their appreciation for the part all these Legends and Champions played in the golden years of Australian supercross racing.”

While not a race, the Legends and Champions parade is set to kick off the evening’s action on a spectacular USA-inspired race track built from thousands of tonnes of topsoil that will be trucked onto the expansive infield of GMHBA Stadium.

With so many of the Legends and Champions having been part of great rivalries in their hey-days, the Geelong parade will rekindle countless memories for riders and fans alike, turning back the clock to an era when pre-mix fumes and Rat Racing gear ruled the Australian supercross scene.

“Having an Australian Supercross Championship event in my hometown is special in its own right,” admits Dack, who is nowadays owner and team principal of the powerhouse CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team. “But to also have the opportunity to be included in the Legends and Champions parade is sure to make for a night everyone at the event will remember.

“I will be riding my 1992 Yamaha YZ250 in the Legends and Champions parade, which is my favourite bike in my collection, as Yamaha gave it to me as a retirement present in my final year of professional racing,” Dack reveals.

“To line up alongside some of my old rivals like Belly, not to mention so many of my former CDR Yamaha team racers over the past 26 years, will be such a special occasion and I hope to see thousands of past and present supercross fans at the Geelong event to cheer us all on.”

Queensland-based Australian Supercross Championship Hall of Fame member Troy Carroll, who won six Australian Supercross Championships in the late 1990s and early 2000s, can’t wait to get back behind the start gates at the Geelong event.

“Having the opportunity to line-up alongside guys like Dacka in the Legends and Champions parade will be so memorable,” Carroll commented. “I can’t wait to do some laps with the guys and then settle back with the Geelong fans and enjoy a big night of racing.”

Tickets to round three of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship presented by Yamaha Motor Australia at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, Victoria, on 13 October are on sale now via the website.