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by Graeme Olsen

It's almost winter, it's dirty, it's muddy... it's time for WA's biggest motorcross event - the Manjimup 15000!

The enormity of "the 15000" should never ever be underestimated. Even for those of you who aren't normally used to the dirt sprays, the engine sounds, and aerial dynamics of a motorcross event, you'll be blown away by the sights, sounds, and smells of one of Australia's most recognised sporting events - one which is a major attraction to National and International riders.

So why is it called the Manjimup 15000? It was given the name at it's inaugural event in 1980, when it was named after the amount of prize money that was on offer. At the time it was the richest motorcross event ever held in Australia, and the first winner to take it home was Roger Harvey, a rider from the United Kingdom. Just over ten years later, in 1991, the prize money had risen to $40,000.

The event is run by the Manjimup Motorcycle Club (details below), and they have endeavored to have it on every year. They've done a pretty good job of it too, with the event running most years, and needing a good amount of sponsorship and community input.

Throughout the years they've seen some amazing racing and other incidents. In 1986, American Jimmy Ellis ensured that his name will remain in the record books for a long time. Not

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only did he win the event, but in doing so he was the first rider to clear the double jumps behind the main straight. Since that time, the tabletop jump has been called "Jim's Jump" in his honour.

Another very popular jump is "Clifford's Leap", which was named after the Clifford Family of Casuarina Valley Orchard in Manjimup, in recognition of their willingness to always volunteer workers and supplies of earthmoving equipment at the club.

So, what can you expect to see at this year's event? The main event is to be held on Sunday June 5th with the action starting at 9:30am, and apart from the usual hard racing and flying bikes (literally!), the day consists of 30 races, giving spectators more than 100 laps of motocross action. Last year saw more than 5,000 specators enthralled in the action and 2005 is sure to be even bigger.

Tickets available at the gate. Make sure and book accommodation early.

Two supporting events will be running on Saturday 4th June, both of which are free to spectators. The Junior Manjimup 15000, held at Cosy Creek, will provide the chance to see WA’s up-and-coming motocross stars whilst in town Motomadness is sure to impress with stunt riders, free style motocross and demonstrations. Action starts 9:30am at Cosy Creek and 10:00am in town.

For further details about the event, contact the Manjimup Motorcycle Club on (08) 9777 1094, or email them on The Manjimup Motorcycle Club has been around since 1949, and is involved in a lot of club runs and motorcross events throughout the year. The Manjimup 15000 is their premier event, and it needs ongoing support from the community and sponsors. Motorcross riders (including National and International ones) have often commented that it's the best track in the southern hemisphere, so all the support you can give it is well deserved.

Why not take the kids for a day out? Or head on down yourself for day of exciting action. Either way, you won't be disappointed.

If you're after information about other attractions in the area, or for places to stay while at the Manjimup 15000, you can try the Manjimup Tourist Bureau on (08) 9771 1831 or toll free 1800 023 388.


The photos in this story were provided by "Aussies In Action". For further information about their photography, you can visit their web site at or email them at

May 2005