CAPTION: Those of us old enough to remember know Leisk would probably have been a world champ if he'd stuck at it. He heart-breakingly lost crucial points in his very first world title race when he ran out of fuel while leading the event. How would you be? Pic by Peter Kitchingman from 1984 at Manjimup.
WEST Australian motocross legend Jeff Leisk is one of eleven motorcyclists included in a list of 30 historically-significant people to be inducted into the Confederation of Australia Motor Sport hall of fame.
The hall of fame is a new initiative by CAMS with support from a bunch of motorsport organisations including Motorcyling Australia.
Leisk won a world title as a junior and finished second in the world motocross titles in 1989, behind Englishman David Thorpe and ahead of Belgian Eric Geboers. (Wonder what Leisk is up to these days? There’s a nice quick read from KTM Australia’s website here.)
Other riders to make the inaugural CAMS list were motocrosser Stephen Gall, road racers Casey Stoner, Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner, Troy Bayliss, Gregg Hanford and Kel Carruthers, and speedway riders Jason Crump, Jack Young and Lionel van Praag (Australia’s first motor sport world champ, in 1935).
CAPTION: Leisk with his father Bob at Manjimup in 1983. That’s Manjimup local Neville Cutts in the background, admiring his new JT boots. Cutts was no slouch either. Pic by Peter Kitchingman, again.
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