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JULY 26, 2018: New Zealand’s motorcycling community has suffered a great loss following the tragic death, on Tuesday 24 July 2018, of former MNZ Motocross Commissioner Bryan Davidson (56). 

Bryan and his wife Carmen, herself a former Motorcycling New Zealand Board Member, have made a huge contribution to our sport, dedicating many years to developing riders and club operations and improving the standard of competition, from grassroots to international level.

A stalwart of the Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club, Bryan served as President, Committee Member, and was made a Life Member of the club in recognition of his service. Never afraid to push boundaries during his tenure as MNZ Motocross Commissioner, Bryan focused on the key challenges to be overcome and kept his eyes on the future to drive the sport to a whole new level.

He spearheaded the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville for 10 years, negotiating the commercial partnership with Honda, which continues to this day, and transforming the event into a spectacular showcase of MX with truly national significance.

Bryan instigated the first development and mentoring programme for the Junior World Motocross Championship, back in 2009, which resulted in Hamish Dobbyn stepping onto the 125cc podium in third place, a young Courtney Duncan finishing sixth in the 85cc class, and New Zealand taking third place in the ‘Nations Trophy’.

In the words of his dear friend Neil Ritchie: “What Bryan has done for our sport is immeasurable. His efforts over the years often went unrecognised and despite it being occasionally a somewhat thankless task, the outcomes he achieved were enormous.”

Motorcycling New Zealand President Glen Williams adds: “Bryan’s passing is a great loss to our sport. Bryan’s contribution throughout his lifetime was hugely valuable - he was a true enthusiast of our sport and a leader within Motorcycling New Zealand’s organisation as a greatly respected commissioner.”

A service to remember Bryan Davidson will be held at the Beauchamp Crematorium Chapel, 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North, on Saturday 28 July 2018 at 1.30pm. Messages to the Davidson Family, C/- 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North, or may be left at


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