Motocross Legend Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams Team Kawasaki

Team Kawasaki rider Trevor Williams won three 500cc Australian Motocross Championships in the 1980s, including the 1985 title at Noble Falls in Western Australia (right).  Photo by: Peter Kitchingman

Trevor Williams - Headshot

Australia's King of the 500s

Victorian rider Trevor Williams is Australia’s 500cc King of Motocross.

In the history of the sport Williams scored more championship points in this class than any other competitor. 

Between 1979 and 1985 he won three Australian 500cc Championships and finished on the winner’s podium eight times – just in this class alone.

Williams broke through in 1980 to win his first National title at Dargle in NSW on a Kawasaki – ahead of Andrew Bailey (QLD, Yamaha) and Peter Benson (WA, Maico).

That same year he finished second in the prestigious Mr Motocross series, finishing behind Stephen Gall (NSW, Yamaha) and ahead of Darryl Willoughby (SA) in third.

In 1981 both Williams and Anthony Gunter were Kawasaki Factory sponsored riders and received brand new SR500s. 

The hand-made bikes were the first model with disc brakes and were fast and light with lots of magnesium parts.

The pair showed how fast these machines were at the King of the Cross in 1981 finishing 1-2 with Williams winning the final leg and finishing a close second to Gunter.

A few weeks later at the National Championships at Simmons Plains in Tasmania, Gunter-Williams were 1-2 again in the 500cc class with Williams also finishing second in the 125cc class behind Jeff Leisk (WA, Honda).

At Acusa Park SA in 1983, Williams won his second 500cc Australian title and was second in the 250s behind Stephen Gall.

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1985 Australian Motocross Championships - 500cc presentation

Williams won his third Australian 500cc Championship at Noble Falls ahead of  James Deakin and David Armstrong

Two years later at Noble Falls in WA, Williams won his third National 500cc title ahead of Queensland riders James Deakin (Yamaha) and David Armstrong (Honda). 

Williams was quoted as saying that this was his most cherished title.

Williams twice represented Australia in International competition. He was Australia’s 500cc representative at the Trophy des Nations in 1984 – the last time this event was held separately to the World Motocross des Nations. 

He also was also part of the Australian team the following year in Germany with Jeff Leisk and Glen Bell – when all three classes were racing together – placing 7th in the 500cc class.

He was loyal to Team Kawasaki and rode Kawasaki’s for his entire professional motocross career.

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Trevor Williams - Second in Mr Motocross 1980

Williams finished second to Stephen Gall in the 1980 Mr Motocross Series

1979 Australian Championships Wanneroo - Trevor Williams (4) leads Stephen Gall (3) in the 125cc class

Williams leads Stephen Gall in the  125cc Class at Wanneroo in 1979

Trevor Williams Team Kawasaki 3

Williams rode Kawasaki’s throughout  his professional motocross career

1982 Australian Motocross Championships Toowoomba - Trevor Williams

Williams competing at the National titles in 1982 at Toowoomba, QLD

Trevor Williams at the King of the Cross

Williams was a regular competitor at the King of the Cross in the late 1970s – early 1980s

Trevor Williams Kawasaki

In 1981 Williams was second in the King of the Cross behind Gunter

William's key career highlights

Trevor Williams also won many State Victorian Championships in the 125, 250 and open classes 

1980
Australian 500cc Champion, Dargle (NSW)
Runner-up Mr Motocross Champion
125cc NSW State Title

1981
125cc NSW State Title

1983 
Australian 500cc Champion, Acusa Park (SA)
Represented Australia at Trophy des Nations

1984
Represented Australia at Trophy des Nations

1985
Australian 500cc Champion, Noble Falls (WA)
Represented Australia at Motocross des Nations.

Trevor Williams headshot - BW

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