ABA Grands Flashback 95

It’s November the 5th and the countdown to the 2012 Grands is officially on! Kiwi Marc Willers will be looking to defend that No.1 plate in a few weeks time in Tulsa. Back in the early 90’s an overseas rider couldn’t win the Pro title, the rule until ’96 was that you had to be a US citizen to be crowned the champion…

Let’s rewind to the contraversial year of ’95. French BMX Legend Christophe Leveque the owner of Chase BMX , Elevn and BRG brands was the foreigner that had come to the States and been serving up some Euro game to the AA Pro Class. He’d done enough to win the title but the ruling granted Gary Ellis the title who wasn’t in the main that day..

Before the gate dropped on final no1, Brian Foster was the only rider on the gate who could win the overall #1 Pro Title, but he had to get 6th overall or better to win it. This seemed realistic surely? The first two mains were terrible for him, and he went into the 3rd main with 15 points. Foster had to WIN the 3rd round to get the title but couldn’t do it crashing out in the final whilst in second chasing down Leveque, BF had blown his chance crashing in all three mains!.. In the end, Gary Ellis wins the #1 Pro title by default. If that rule didn’t exist, Christophe Leveque would have won the crown. Controversy at its finest, mixed reactions from the crowd and a look of shock and relief on Gary Ellis’s face as he walked away with another big year end cheque, truck and title!

Also notice Jamie Staff riding for Haro Bikes…

2012 Grands are just around the corner…..Already looking forward to the season finale!


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