Top hon­our for rider

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Tari Jef­fers

YEARS of en­joy­ment and in­juries will be re­warded for Man­jimup motocross rider Neville Cutts when he is this week­end in­ducted into the Motorcycling Western Aus­tralia Hall of Fame.

Cutts’ in­volve­ment in the world of motocross started when he would watch his fa­ther Bob com­pete in var­i­ous events.

He got his first bike – a YZ 125 – when he was 12 and rode in a 12to-14-year-old motocross event.

Cutts came first in his first and sec­ond race that week­end at the Nar­ro­gin motocross track.

It was the start of his motocross ca­reer and came after the hard de­ci­sion of not fol­low­ing his promis­ing ca­reer in foot­ball.

At 16, Cutts com­peted in his first Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship where he came 5th in the 125cc class and was the third Aus­tralian over the line.

From his suc­cess at the event, Suzuki WA boss John Thomp­son con­tracted Cutts to ride for Suzuki WA for the 1976 sea­son, rid­ing a 125cc and 250cc ma­chine.

Cutts has also rid­den for Honda and was even hon­oured in 1982-83 as the first ever Honda pro­fes­sional motocross rider based in Tul­la­ma­rine, Melbourne, at its fac­tory to com­pete in all ma­jor events in Aus­tralia.

By the time he re­tired in 1984, Cutts had won an Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship, seven Western Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships and placed sec­ond twice and third twice in the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships.

Since that time, Cutts still has time for men­tor­ing young rid­ers and watch­ing lo­cal events and com­pe­ti­tions.

Cutts will be one of two in­ducted into the Hall of Fame on Fri­day dur­ing the MWA Shan­nons In­surance Night of Cham­pi­ons at the Es­planade Ho­tel in Fre­man­tle.

“I am hon­oured to be in­ducted into Motorcycling Western Aus­tralia’s Hall of Fame and to know that I have my name along­side peo­ple that I idolised as a child is quite amaz­ing,” he said.

“If you said to me as a 12-year-old boy that one day I would be in­ducted into the Hall of Fame, I would have laughed and said ‘no way’.

“Along the way a lot of good peo­ple have helped and guided me to achieve this award, to those peo­ple I would like to thank you with all my heart and I want you to know, it’s as much yours as it is mine.

“It takes years of blood, sweat and tears but to fi­nally be awarded with this hon­our, makes it all worth­while.

“I would also like to thank Motorcycling Western Aus­tralia for the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive this hon­ourable award.”

Cutts added that de­spite a promis­ing ca­reer in foot­ball, he was glad he had cho­sen motocross in­stead and would not trade his ca­reer.

It takes years of blood, sweat and tears but to fi­nally be awarded with this hon­our, makes it all worth­while.

- Neville Cutts

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup motocross rider Neville Cutts will on Fri­day be one of two peo­ple in­ducted into the Motorcycling Western Aus­tralia Hall of Fame at the Western Aus­tralia Shan­nons In­surance Night of Cham­pi­ons in Fre­man­tle.

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