Motorcycling Western Australia are very saddened to say that motocross lost one of the greats last week, Peter Melton.
Peter was a motocross and Australian & Oceanic supercross champion, a legend, a gentleman off and on the track and a true friend to many in the WA motorcycle industry.
Melton had an abundance of natural talent, dedication and a technique that was marvelled at by an entire generation. Hailing from Queensland, Melton’s career spanned 20 years and spawned plenty of success with multiple Motocross and Supercross titles.
During his illustrious career Peter constantly supported WA events as a competitor, then as team support with his successful suspension business and as a spectator.
He competed in all National MX events in WA and many Manjimup 15000 events, despite hating the sand he returned every year to give it another go...and had a few alternative names for the word "Sandgroper"!!!
Back then riders were billeted out to families for accommodation and many WA families have fond and funny memories of "Reggie" & his mechanic Ross.
Pete also raced in every Supercross in WA that he could and that was when he was in his element and thrilled crowds with his expertise and talent and made many lifelong friends in WA during this time. The response to the post on MWA's facebook page last week is testament to that along with the abundance of continual tributes on social media this week and the amount of people travelling great distances for "Reggies Big Day Out" next Tuesday.
Melton was largely described as a laid back racer, with a heart of gold. He enjoyed hanging out with his mates and enjoyed his life to the full. He also enjoyed a special relationship with the fans during all the high's and lows of his race career..
He was a fierce competitor, multi time champion and a loyal athlete to his brands including riding for Team Yamaha and Team Kawasaki. Melton was also a wonderful coach and mentor and helped to shape Motocross and Supercross into the behemoths they are today.
The Australian motorcycle community has lost one of the great loveable and competitive riders in the sport. Melton will long be remembered as a true pioneer and appreciated for his illustrious achievements.
Reggie’s Big Day Out known as Peter Melton's funeral will be 10.00am on Tuesday the 14th of November at the Centenary Memorial Gardens 353 Wacol Station Road, Sumner (outskirts of Brisbane CBD) Queensland and the wake will be at Green Bank RSL
Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends at this difficult time. RIP Peter "Reggie" Melton you will be sadly missed by so many.
Words by MWA's Media Officer Linda Russell and MA's Media Assistant Max Rogers
Photos courtesy of Rosco Holden from Holden on Tight