‘Motor cycling gives you freedom,’ Mr Liesk said.
He is now general manager Australia for Austrian motorcycle maker KTM, after a 42-career with bikes that started racing 80cc machines aged 7 at Forrestfield Speedway, after his father and Claremont Speedway rider Bob Liesk introduced his son to bikes.
Jeff Leisk was aged nine when he won his first Australian Junior Motocross championship was a world champion aged 13.
‘What I say to any parent (about safety) is that in the right way, with the right training, it can be pretty safe, as long as it’s done in a controlled environment,’ Mr Liesk said.
However, he fractured vertebrae and a jaw during a professional riding career that included second place in the 1989 World Motocross Championship, before running a KTM Team in the late 1990s and taking over the leading retail role for the maker in 2000.
Married with four children, including two teenage boys who ride motocross, Mr Leisk occasionally gets aboard a motorcycle for trail rides and the journey to work.