Motocross History in New Zealand ( 1940s-2010s )

Motocross History in New Zealand ( 1940s-2010s )

Posted by Arthur Iverson on 1st Feb 2023

Checkout our short timeline of some of the history of motocross in New Zealand 

1940s - 1960s: The earliest recorded motocross races in New Zealand took place in the late 1940s and early 1950s. During this period, the sport was largely a hobby for enthusiasts who built their own bikes and competed in informal races.

1965: The first official motocross race was held in New Zealand at Pukekohe Park Raceway. This marked the beginning of organized motocross in the country.

1980s: During this decade, the sport of motocross in New Zealand experienced significant growth and popularity. The introduction of new machinery and technology led to an increase in the number of riders and events.

1983: The first New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix was held, becoming an annual event that attracts top riders from around the world.

1992: The New Zealand Motocross Championships were established, bringing together the best riders from around the country to compete for the national title.

2000s: During this decade, motocross in New Zealand saw further growth, with increased media coverage, new events and an increase in participation.

2007: The New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix was held at Woodville, attracting a record number of spectators.

2010s: In recent years, motocross in New Zealand has continued to grow and evolve, with new facilities, events and riders emerging. The sport has become a major source of entertainment and a major contributor to the economy.

Mechanical advancements: Over the years, motocross in New Zealand has seen numerous advancements in technology and machinery. These advancements have improved the safety, performance and reliability of the bikes, making the sport more accessible and enjoyable for riders of all skill levels.

Important information: Today, motocross is a popular sport in New Zealand, with a large and dedicated following. The sport is governed by the New Zealand Motocross Association (NZMA), which sets standards and regulates events and competitions. The NZMA works closely with the industry and the government to promote and develop the sport in New Zealand.