Motocross

Remembering Bronte Holland

Author: Garry Morrow

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Very late tonight, June 4th, marks the first aniversary of the passing of one of the motocross communites favourite son's Bronte Holland.
Bronte in action
At the tender age of 21 Bronte left us all way to early and today freinds fans and family will all remeber the young country boy who followed his dreams to become one of the best.

After suffering a serious spinla injury in a practice accident Bronte was confined to a wheelchair but never gave up the dream. Sadly he succumbed complications in his sleep a year ago today.

Bronte was a good freind to me and i will remember him as funny, dedicated, crazy, commited and sometimes a pain in the ass but most of all he wasa friend that all his freinds could count on.

You only have to look at his Facebook dedication page to see how much he meant to many people.

For those wishing to pay any tribute to Bronte can do so at his Facebook page. - Bronte Holland Tribute Page


Below is a quick rundown of some of what Bronte acheived during his time with us.

At 16 Bronte left his hometown of Kaniva, in the Malle district of Victoria, and moved to Bendigo where as a new Honda Junior Racing team recruit he worked hard with his mechanic Bill Edwards.

As he moved into the senior's Bronte set the motocross seen alight with his larger than life personality and spectacular riding style. On the track Bronte made the podium in his first Supercross race but the place was taken off him due to a race stoppage.

He then went on to be a regular top ten contender until injuries forced him out of the 2004 season.

Bronte struggled with injuries in the following season but hit his straps in 2006 when he secured a semi factory ride with Jeff Leisk and Team Motorex KTM. A highlight and also a low light was his win on the track at the second round of the Australian Supercross Championship in Perth. The win was taken off him after the race though due to a technicality. Once again he was hit by injury and bad luck but still finished the Supercross season in an impressive 4th overall.

2007 looked to be the 'Hurricane Holland' year after signing a deal with the newly formed Team 7 Yamaha outfit. The opening round of the 2007 Supercross season was one that saw Bronte hit his straps, he blitzed the Adelaide track at the opening round and always looked to be one of the fastest and most spectacular out there. Although his result on paper didn't show it after the round he was one of the red hot favorites for the number 1 plate.

Four days later, Feb-13, tragedy struck when Bronte crashed whilst practicing and broke his C7 neck bone and was left a paraplegic.

Since that day Bronte worked every day as hard as anyone could at his rehabilitation and was eventually able to stand with the aid of a walking frame. He had also started a career in the media becoming the Assistant Editor for Stroke Magazine as well as developing his 711 coaching clinics.

BRONTE HOLLAND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2000- 1st A grade 80cc Vic State Title, 3rd S.A 80cc State Title


2001- 3rd Australian 80cc Title and Picking up Honda Racing Australia's 125cc HRA ride!


2002- 3rd Australian 125cc Title, 1st Vic State MX and SX Title


2003- 3rd Australian 125cc Title, 1st Vic State MX and SX Title second rider ever to go back to back 125cc A grade VIC State Titles, 2nd in Roost Rookies was leading up until last round but couldn't go due to State Titles and ADBs Most Improved Rider!

2004- 2nd in first ever Senior Race in SEL SX series to have it taken away days later!

2005- 3rd at Wollongong Rd 5 Supercross Masters, 9th in series!

2006- 2nd Rd 2 of Supercross Masters also Won but had it taken away Robbed, 4th Over all in Supercross Masters, 5th at Rd 3 of Mr Motocross at Wonthaggi was running 4th overall got injured out for series.

2007- Getting Team 7 Yamaha ride and Standing for the first time after breaking his neck in Feb 2007 and doctors saying he would never stand, walk even get out of bed by himself done it all within the first year except walked unassisted in everyday living.

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