Jeff Smith (motorcyclist)

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Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith 1962.jpg
Jeff Smith in 1962
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born 1934 (age 79–80)
Colne, Lancashire, England
Motocross career
Years active 1953–1967
Teams BSA
Championships 500cc – 1964 – 1965
Wins 30

Jeffrey Vincent Smith MBE (born 1934 in Colne, Lancashire, England) is a former world champion motocross racer.[1]

Biography[edit]

His achievements include two FIM 500cc Motocross World Championships (1964, 1965), two British Trials Championships, multiple British Experts Trial wins, four individual race wins in the Motocross des Nations, one Scottish Six Days Trial win and eight ISDT Gold Medals.[2] He was a member of the BSA factory racing team.

Smith began his riding career as a trials rider, becoming so successful that he was offered a spot on the Norton factory team.[2] After moving to BSA, he won the 1953 and 1954 British Trials Championship.[2] BSA asked Smith to compete in motocross racing which he did with such success that he soon began to concentrate on a motocross career.[2] In 1964 at the age of 30 he captured the 500cc Motocross World Championship, defeating the defending champion, Swede Rolf Tibblin[2] and was awarded the Motorcycle News 'Man of the Year' award. He successfully defended his crown the following year. His 1965 championship win on the four cycle BSA would be the last victory for this type of motor, as two cycle technology dominated off road racing for the next several decades.

After he retired from competition, he helped develop off-road bikes for Can-Am motorcycles that went on to claim the first three places in the 1974 AMA 250cc motocross national championship.[2] Smith was also involved in vintage motorcycle racing becoming the executive director of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) before retiring from that position.[2]

In 1970, Smith was awarded the title of Member of the Order of the British Empire.[2] He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.[2] He currently lives in Wausau, Wisconsin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Smith career profile. bestsports.com.br
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jeff Smith at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. motorcyclemuseum.org