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Leif Martinsen

With my father opening his motorcycling shop on the day I was born, there was a pretty good chance that bikes and racing were going to play a big part in my life.

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Leif Martinsen

With my father opening his motorcycling shop on the day I was born, there was a pretty good chance that bikes and racing were going to play a big part in my life.

I was taken to my first race meeting when I was two weeks old and my father buying a factory production Ducati race bike and taking it to the Isle of Man means bikes and racing were in my blood.

As a kid, it seemed that wherever there were bikes and dirt, I was there. I started racing dirt track when I was 6. I would go out to the track whenever I could, whether it was to race myself or to help my brother who was also born and bred into racing. I was definitely not a Doohan or a Rossi – not even close, but I just loved racing, just being there.

My skills and interests in racing started to be more with the mechanics and the performance of the bike and I began to pursue avenues which would assist me to learn and provide me with experience in the area of bike performance and racing. Here are some of my achievements in race preparation:

  • In 2005, I helped Alan Martinsen to 7th place in the 125GP Australian Super Bike Championship.
  • In 2008, I assisted a NSW rider at the Australian long-track titles to 2nd place in Pro Lites and 1st place in 250cc 2st solo.
  • In 2011, helped Brayden Elliot – here are some of his results:
    • 2011 RESULTS – JUNIOR
      • Australian long track championships 125 – 3rd, 250 – 5th
      • NSW long track championships 125 – 5th, 250 – 5th
      • NSW dirt track championships 250 – 2nd, Mixed class 125/250 3rd
      • Australian dirt track titles 125 – 4th, 250 – 2nd, Mixed class 125/250 – 2nd
      • Victorian dirt track titles 125 – 2nd, 250 – 2nd
    • 2012 RESULTS – SENIOR
      • NSW dirt track championships Under 19s – 3rd, Pro lites – 1st
      • Victorian dirt track titles Pro lites – 3rd
      • NSW long track championships Under 19s 1st – Pro open – 2nd
      • Australian dirt track championships Pro lites 3rd place
    • 2013
      • Now getting him started in road racing.

In 2012, helped Brad Gross 2nd place 600cc Superstock, Australian Superbike championship.

My love for bikes extended beyond motocross. Wanting to work with bikes, any kind of bikes, I began working in the bicycle industry as soon as I was old enough to get a job and was in my first downhill race at National championship (ACT) in 1997. I continued to race and work in a bicycle shop whilst doing a mechanical apprenticeship until I moved to Queensland in 2002.

Managing an upper-market bicycle store and racing down hill dirt track in South East Queensland gained me credit as a bicycle mechanic and the opportunity to maintain sport and performance wheelchairs. I developed a relationship with an Australian importer of high end bicycles and accessories and eventually I was chosen to race for their brand. I continue to maintain mountain bikes as a hobby and ride whenever I can.

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