Australian Motocross Championships Noble Falls

5-6 October 1985, hosted by the BSA Motorcycle club
1985 Darren Williams and Mark Kendle Australian Championship Noble Falls
Jimmy Ellis in action at Noble Falls
Jimmy Ellis 1985 Australian 125 and 250cc Motocross Champion

Newly crowned Australian 1000cc Sidecar champions Darren Williams and Mark Kendle and Jimmy Ellis – winner of both the 125cc and 250cc Motocross championships at the Noble Falls circuit in Western Australia (All photos by Peter Kitchingman)

Williams and Kendle shine at 1985 Australian Motocross Championships

The 1985 Australian Championships in Western Australia will long be remembered for the heroic feats of Darren Williams and Mark Kendle in the two sidecar classes.

The pair became the first sidecar team to successfully and consistently jump the double jumps on the Noble Falls circuit, thrilling the large crowd.

Williams, the son of legendary sidecar ace Murray Williams, broke through in 1985 to win his first Australian Championship in the 1000cc class on a home-built Honda lightweight machine ahead of Walter Preisig – Don Stewart (VIC, Wasp) and Bernard Mueller – Robert Duke (VIC, Honda Wasp).

Williams-Kendle early on the Saturday finished third in the 500cc Sidecar class behind Brian Stewart – Kim Demarte (VIC, Kawasaki EML) and David Wells – Simon Chapman (SA, Honda JRS). Stewart crashed out in the 1000cc class unsuccessfully attempting the same double jumps that Williams mastered over the weekend.

With Jeff Leisk injured an unable to race the Championships on his home circuit, American Jimmy Ellis won both the 125cc and 250cc classes on a Yamaha. It was a clean sweep for the Yamahas with Craig Dack (NSW) and Glen Bell (NSW) finishing second and third, respectively, in both classes.

Victorian Kawasaki rider Trevor Williams won the 500cc class ahead of James Deakin (QLD, Yamaha) and David Armstrong (QLD, Honda).

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Race day videos

1M Trailer – Channel 9 Australian Motocross Championships coverage, featuring 250cc Champion Jimmy Ellis (USA)

Channel 9 Australian Motocross Championships coverage highlights of solo and sidecar racing

Darren Williams and Mark Kendle (SA/NT) Australian 1000cc Sidecar Champions jumping the double jumps

Photo gallery

Photos by Peter Kitchingman

David Armstrong AMX Championships Noble Falls WA

David Armstong (QLD Honda) finished third in the 500cc class

1985 Australian Motocross Championships - 250cc presentation

Yamaha clean sweep – The winners in both the 125 and 250cc classes [L-R] Craig Dack (NSW), Jimmy Ellis (USA) and Glen Bell (NSW).

1985 Australian Motocross Championships - 1000cc sidecars presentation

1000cc Sidecar presentation ceremony [L-R] Don Stewart-Walter Preisig, Darrem Williams-Mark Kendle and Bernard Mueller-Robert Duke

James Deakin 1985 AMX Championships Noble Falls WA

James Deakin (QLD Yamaha) finished second in the 500cc class

1985 Australian Motocross Championships - 500cc presentation

500cc presentation ceremony [L-R] James Deakin (QLD, Yamaha), Trevor Williams (VIC, Kawasaki) and David Armstrong (QLD, Honda). 

1985 Australian Motocross Championships - 500cc sidecars presentation

[Left] 500cc Sidecar presentation ceremony [L-R] David Wells-Simon Chapman, Brian Stewart-Kim Demarte and Darren Williams-Mark Kendle.

Sidecar photo gallery

Photos by Alison Kerr-Little

Darren Williams and Mark Kendle (SA/NT) Australian 1000cc Sidecar Champions jumping the double jumps.  Note: Photographer Peter Kitchingman in the foreground.

1985 Australian Championships Noble Falls - Darren Williams and Mark Kendle

1985 Australian Motocross Championship Results

125cc

1  Jimmy Ellis (USA, Yamaha)

2  Craig Dack (NSW, Yamaha)

3  Glen Bell (NSW, Yamaha)

250cc

1  Jimmy Ellis (USA, Yamaha)

2  Craig Dack (NSW, Yamaha)

3  Glen Bell (NSW, Yamaha)

500cc

1  Trevor Williams (VIC, Kawasaki)

2  James Deakin (QLD, Yamaha)

3  David Armstrong (QLD, Honda)

500cc Sidecars

1  Brian Stewart – Kim Demarte (VIC, Kawasaki EML)

2  David Wells – Simon Chapman (SA, Honda JRS)

3  Darren Williams (SA) – Mark Kendall (NT, Honda)

1000cc Sidecars

1  Darren Williams (SA) – Mark Kendall (NT) Honda

2  Walter Preisig – Don Stewart (VIC, Wasp)

3  Bernard Mueller – Robert Duke (VIC, Honda Wasp)

1985 Australian Motocross Championships Programme Noble Falls WA
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1985 AMX CS Noble Falls WA - Jimmy Ellis 250cc Champion awards ceremony - Landscape

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