Billy Liles

Billy LilesBilly Liles is a motocross racer, mainly from the 1980s and 90s. Named “Rookie of the Year” in 1983, Liles was not one of the lucky few that won a championship his first year out, but he did receive a full factory sponsorship. Billy Liles was one of the first two members of Kawasaki’s Team Green. In late 1982, riding his 250cc Kawasaki, Liles won the 250cc class at New Berlin, NY, and later in 1983, he won the AMA Pro National at Lake Whitney, TX. Liles stayed with Kawasaki for three years, but would eventually sign with Honda.

1992 was a big year for Liles. He placed third in the 500cc class of the World Motocross Championships behind Belgium’s Georges Jobe and Brittan’s Kurt Nicoll. Even bigger, when it came time for the annual Motocross Des Nations race, previous racers Damon Bradshaw, Jeff Stanton, and Mike Kiedrowski said they would not be racing that year. Team Manager Roy Jansen put together a team of Liles, Mike LaRocco, and Jeff Emig, and they delivered a first place finish for the United States! This was the twelfth of what would become the thirteen consecutive wins for the Americans.

Liles stayed in the top ten in the World Championships for six years. Although he was a great racer, a broken leg and mechanical problems kept him from ever winning the title.

Published: March 24, 2010 6:18 pm Categorized in:

4 Comments

  • Mike Bishop says:

    I only out ran Billy once, and that was at Shamrock off of 1941 towards Griffin, GA. I was on an ultra fast 1977 Suzuki RM100. I feel lucky to have gotten you both motos, but it never happened again. You and your father were very good to me, pulling me to the races for 2 to 3 years out of Yamaha of Atlanta. I hole-shotted both of those motos, but you were unable to pass Mike Bishop. That is my claim to fame. Email back your friend mike bishop!!!!!

  • hofmans says:

    hi billy i was a friend of mark ribbens and i driving whit marcs mobilhome to the races greetings from belgium louis and ria

  • Van Pounds says:

    I am proud to announce that Billy Liles is now my Motorcycle Marketing/Sales Director here at ProGold Lubricants. I hope everyone will look him up at all the Ahrma events this year. He has a new image this year sporting a rig that has more decals than a Nascar Hauler.

  • claudio says:

    Ciao billy how are you,i am the mechanic in team Cinti for Michele Magarotto and Franco rossi in the season 88 -89,i hope you stay very well,best regards Claudio Venezian

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