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It’s been 14 years since a British rider, Jamie Dobb captured our last World title after a titanic struggle against injury claiming the 125cc World Title for KTM, after the glory years of Graham Noyce, Neil Hudson and Dave Thorpe though-out the 70’s and 80’s.

However one British artist, Rob Kinsey has made his way to the top in the world of Motocross art  through hard work and determination. Rob’s work adorns the walls of Youthstream’s Geneva Headquarters, CEO Stefan Pierer’s office at KTM Austria and is in high demand from clients such as Honda Europe, KTM and many team owners and private collectors worldwide, but just how did the 58 year old Brit. rise to the top?

 Rob, you seem to have been around motocross for many years in different roles, how did it all start?

Our family moved up from Crewe Cheshire in 1968, when my parents bought a garage just north of Kendal, Cumbria. My uncle Jack gave me his old DOT 197cc bike and my dad, Fred, who had worked at Rolls Royce in the design dept. explained how to get it going. After that we started schoolboy scrambling, racing against Noycey and Neil Hudson and progressed up in to the adults, racing Montesa’s for Paul Ludlam M/c. I then got a good deal on a Maico 440cc in 1978 and had a great year winning Yorkshire GN, second in supports at Hants Grand International at Matchams etc.


Rob Kinsey leading Don Brockbank, Hutton Conyers, Ripon, 1978

During this time I was studying Technical Illustration at Blackpool Art College, learning all aspects of art and how to do cutaway illustrations of engines, parts diagrams etc. These were drawn by hand using ellipse templates, Rotring technical pens etc  All of my college projects were motocross based and I approached TMX News, whose editor Bill Lawless gave me my first break, publishing a series of 3 centre page drawings of Graham Noyce, Neil Hudson and trials rider Nigel Birkett.

Illustation of Graham Noyce and his Honda in TMX News

Illustration of Graham Noyce and his Honda in TMX News

How come you didn’t continue with TMX News?

Back then the print industry was heavily unionised and I wasn’t a member of the N.U.J.(National Union of Journalists).   The in-house graphic designer at TMX complained to Bill Lawless who didn’t want to upset the apple-cart at their offices in Morecambe.

What did you do after graduating?:

I worked for a couple of studio’s in Manchester, but soon became tired of doing repetitous parts illustrations, for companies like David Brown Tractors, so I moved into sales of art materials, then onto Dunlop Motorcycle tyres and also several bicycle companies such as Muddy Fox and Dawes.

Were you still involved in motocross?:

Yes, after a brilliant holiday to California and seeing Supercross in San Diego for the first time , I came back and formed my own company Stadium Motorsports Promotions Ltd. I was also in contact with US Supercross founder Mike Goodwin and arranged meetings for us at Wembley Stadium and also represented Goodwin and his Stadium Motorsports Corp at the 1984 FIM Congress in Munich. We were awarded 2 rounds of the inaugural World Supercross Series in 1985, The Rodil Cup at WembleyStadium, London and the La Coliseum.

Mike Goodwin Wembley stadium 1984

L/R: Mike Goodwin, John Davis of Wembley, Rob Kinsey and John Garner Controller of sport Wembley Stadium.

What happened to the Wembley event?:

We had contracts all signed with Stadium and backing for many of Goodwin’s US sponsors, Coca Cola, Wrangler and Honda, but it all fell apart when the ACU demanded a £10,000 sanction fee for Wembley. Goodwin’s exact words were: Fcuk that!, I can get LA Coliseum or Anaheim permit from the AMA for $2,000 US dollars and I know I will get 20 to 30,000 paying fans.  On the way back to drop Mike off at Heathrow airport, he offered me a good deal on his Supercross footage, so I formed Stadium Video Europe ltd, and had 7 great years distributing Supercross, AMA Motocross nationals and Rick Johnson instructional VHS videos throughout UK and Europe. Eventually the fledgling sports TV companies, such as Eurosport, BSkyB started buying up coverage, curtailing the home video market.

What next:?

In 1988 I started  Moto Travel organising package tours to Motocross des Nations and our big event was the Bercy Supercross in Paris. The first year we took 350 British fans to the event with 6 coaches and also chartered an aircraft for a VIP package. Looking back these were great times and I made £39,000 profit from that one event, a lot of money back then!  The second year we did the Paris event again trips to Namur and also the USA Experience Tour, 2 weeks in California with 25 guys taking in the Superbowl of Motocross and USGP.  We had some great years but the 80’s recession and downturn in the economy hit ticket sales.

Moto travel brochure

How did you get back into artwork?:

I’d been a sales manager for various bicycle and motorcycle companies, but became burnt out of the constant pressure to sell more, lonely hotel rooms, driving, mountains of reports, 70 hour working weeks etc. Recently re-married I discussed it with my wife Jo and decided to go back to my artwork and see if I could resurrect my career?  At the last minute I decided to drive down to the 2006 MXDN at Matterley Basin, Winchester, blagged my way in the press room and saw this exhibition of paintings by a French artist, the press, industry were all raving about! I thought,” I can do better than those” and encouraged by my old friend Davey Coombs I did two paintings of Jim Pomeroy and “Holeshot Unadilla”, featuring Chuck Sun. RacerX featured these on their website and named me “Artist of the Year” in their year end annual awards. The phone started ringing and several orders came in overnight from the USA.

Anthony Sutton of Dirt Bike Rider also gave us some great publicity at the International Dirt Bike Show.


“Holeshot Unadilla” print featuring Chuck Sun #24.

We then set a target of the 2007 Motocross des Nations at Budds Creek, Maryland USA to launch Rob Kinsey Art, creating a body of original paintings and also limited edition giclee prints to exhibit.

Working flat out all summer, Rob created a body of work to exhibit as well as Limited Edition Giclee prints and enlisted the help of old friend Davey Coombs. We flew all the originals and prints out to RacerX offices in Morgantown, West Virginia and enlisted services of a local framer to frame several prints. My first exhibition was at the British MXGP at Donington Park, where Youthstream had agreed to display my work in the Press Office. I also had Chuck Sun flying in to race the Vets championship for CAS Honda. We got the paintings all displayed but there were problems with Chuck’s licence and entry. Rob was sat in Giuseppe Luongo’s office’s when he got a call from the hospital to say his mother Bet had died suddenly. The Ward Sister said there was nothing that would happen until after the bank holiday weekend, so stay at Donington and do the exhibition, it’s what your mum  would have wanted!

Paintings on display in Donington Press Office.

Paintings on display in Donnington Press Office.

Shocked with the news, Chuck Sun and friends rallied around and Rob made many great contacts that weekend and after organising the funeral, flew out to Washington DC, to visit the capital and meet up with his old friend Davey Coombs at RacerX offices in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he had shipped all his paintings and print stock.

Parking their hired motorhome up in RacerX carpark, Rob and Jo were given the tour to meet everyone and Davey gave him the keys to his Mercedes, saying he didn’t need it for rest of week, so go enjoy the sights of West Virginia. Customs import delays on paintings were sorted out, exhibition stand built and onward to Budds Creek Maryland for the 2007 Motocross of Nations.

Rob and Jo were then invited to a reception at the Belgian Embassy in Washington DC, to present Team Belgium to the world’s press and for Rob to present Roger DeCoster with one of his paintings.

Roger DeCoster painting presentation at Belgian Embassy.

Roger DeCoster painting presentation at Belgian Embassy.


Artist Rob Kinsey and Roger discuss the painting on the lawn of the Belgian Embassy, Washington DC.

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Jo Kinsey attends to customers at the Budds Creek MXoN exhibition stand.

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Display of painting’s used for opening titles of RacerX video show each night of their MXoN coverage.

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We hosted Danny Maggo Chandler on our stand, selling his video’s and enabling him to meet his many fans!


Jo Kinsey, Jeff Castina, Rob Kinsey and Chuck Sun enjoy the warm humid weather at Budds Creek.

The Budds Creek MXoN event was a great success, selling many prints and original paintings, launching Rob Kinsey Art into America, a big thanks to Davey Coombs and promoter Jonathon Beasley for all their help in making this happen!

The profile of Rob Kinsey Art now changed to more commissioned work of original art and less on the print sales. KTM Austria commissioned a painting of Tyla Rattrey to celebrate his 2008 MX2 World championship, presented at the Donnington Park MXoN in the Red Bull Hospitality suite.

Ryan Villopoto painting bought by his parents

Ryan Villopoto painting bought by his parents

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Artwork on display in Team USA pits, as the Supercross organisers Feld Ent. enjoy the hospitality.

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Giuseppe Luongo and Danny Magoo Chandler with the Chamberlain Trophy at Donnington Park.

The following year at the Motocross of Nations in Franciacorta Italy, Youthstream commissioned a painting and presented it to Ricky Johnson and they also paid for Danny Chandler to attend and threw a surprise birthday party for him Saturday night.

Giuseppe Luongo presents a painting of Maggiora 1986 to American legend Ricky Johnson.

Giuseppe Luongo presents a painting of Maggiora 1986 to American legend Ricky Johnson.

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Giuseppe sings Happy Birthday to Magoo and presents a Birthday cake. Sadly this would be Danny’s last visit to the MXDN, as he passed away the following May.


To celebrate Mikka Ahola winning the Enduro World Championship, Honda Europe commissioned this painting of the “Flying Finn”!


The following year he defended his title and Honda Racing manager Roger Harvey wanted something different, so commissioned this illustration which we etched onto Copper plate and presented to Mikka. Sadly Ahola was to lose his life in a freak training crash month’s later.


Honda Europe also commissioned a painting of World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu.

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Presentation at Honda Europe HQ to Kenan by Robert Masterson of Honda.


I was commissioned by Alan Bott of Pemberton Tyres to paint Nick Haskell’s original photo of Georges Jobe jumping over Andre Malherbe at the 1984 Hawkstone Park 500cc GP, as Alan was in the crowd. Once completed, Alan upon hearing of Georges battle with Leukaemia, decided to give this original to Jobe. We flew to Belgium, met up with Georges at his house in Retinne and enjoyed a great afternoon and a few Jupiler beers together!


Roger DeCoster with a painting to celebrate his many years as Team USA manager at Lommel 2012.


Youthstream commissioned 3 painting for Lommel, Paul Malin, tribute to Roger DeCoster and Valadimir Gudkov of Invest trade bank of Russia.


Roger DeCoster accepts his painting at Youthstream Awards evening.

In 2012 KTM Austria won 12 World titles across Motocross, Enduro, Rallye and Road racing. I was commissioned by Pit Bierer, Head of Motorsport to create a painting to be presented to Stefan Pierer at their Christmas party at the factory in Mantighofen Austria.

KTM riders celebrate 12 World titles with CEO Stefan Pierer at the factory.

KTM riders celebrate 12 World titles with CEO Stefan Pierer at the factory.

KTM Austria 12 world championships commission.

KTM Austria 12 world championships commission.

One of Rob’s biggest commission was to celebrate Giuseppe Luongo’s 30 years of promoting Motocross, at a party at the 2013 Italian MXGP at Maggiora, Italy. The canvas was 6ft x 2ft in size.

From top left malherbe, Jobe, Vekhonen, cairoli, Bayle, Omara , Stefan Everts, Bierer, Rick Johnson, Bailey, Villopoto, Thorpe, Geboers and Puzar. Portrait is of Giuseppe & Ursula Luongo of Youthstream.

Stefan Everts, Usulla & Giuseppe Luongo, Jean Michel Bayle, Alex Puzar  and artist Rob Kinsey at 30th Birthday party.Painting from top left Malherbe, Jobe, Vekhonen, Cairoli, Bayle, Omara , Stefan Everts, Bierer, Rick Johnson, Bailey, Villopoto, Thorpe, Geboers and Puzar. Centre Portrait of Giuseppe & Ursula Luongo of Youthstream.


Maggiora track from restaurant at top of this classic venue.


Outdoor pool at restaurant with track behind the hedge.


To celebrate the life of Marty Moates, film producer Todd Huffman made a film of the his 1980 USGP victory and commissioned two paintings of Moates, which were auctioned at the film premier re at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego, California.


Tom White owner of the Early Years of Motocross Museum  placed the winning bid for Marty’s painting.

In 2013 Youthstream commissioned a painting of 8 time World Champion Tony Carolli, whose father passed away that summer.


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Painting in Tony’s villa near Rome.

Looking foward to 2016, Rob is working on a collection of paintings to celebrate the 30 years between 1986 MXDN at Maggiora and the upcoming 2016 race at this classic Italian venue. A healthy commission book reflects and enviable reputation Rob has built up as one of the world’s premier motor-sport artist’s.


Firstly, sincere apologies for delay in posting this third part of my MXDN blog, but the Dirt Bike Show and completing 2 commission’s had to take priority.
Back to race 2 the MX2/MX Open combined moto, here’s what happened to Barcia when he tried his “Bam Bam” move on big Ken DeDycker!

Barcia bites the dust after slamming into Ken Dedycker.

Justin Barcia picks up his bruised and battered works Honda.

Credit to Justin Barcia, he did remount and chased hard to try and get back in contention. Meanwhile Dutch “Sandman” Jeffrey Herlings was running away with the race. His pace was such that he lapped Blake Baggett well before the finish of the moto. Check out this photo sequence of Herlings lapping Baggett and the distance he puts intoBaggett in just a few hundred yards!

Herlings closing in on Baggett.

Closing in!

Herlings dives inside Baggett.

The pass.

Herlings presses on to lap more riders before the moto ended.

More drama was to befall Team USA in the final laps when Justin Barcia’s front wheel, damaged in the DeDycker crash started to lock up. Barcia quickly dived into the pits and some quick work by the mechanics got him back on track. On the final lap his Honda 450cc bike also started smoking badly which was later traced to a lost oil filler cap splashing oil onto his hot exhaust!

Barcia’s smoking Honda limps to the finish line!

The third and final MX1/MXOpen moto lined up with every person present wondering who would come out on top in the battle between Cairoli and Herlings?  The gate dropped and the pack raced to the sweeping first corner with Cairoli grabbing the holeshot!

Monster girls ready with 30 sec boards.

Moto 3 gets off the line.

But where was Herlings!……………………… as the dust cleared from corner one, he was seen picking up his KTM 350cc after a clash with ironically his team mate DeReuver! Taking the time to straighten his controls, Herlings then began and epic chase through the whole pack to catch up to the runnaway leader Antonio Cairoli.

Ryan Dungey was up with the leaders early on.

Dungey then nearly tangled with his fish tailing team mate Barcia and ended up off track through the infield advertising hordings!

Dungey crashes off track.

Dungey straightened up his bike but had to rejoin the track by going through the pit area.

Dungey scatters the photographers desperately looking for a way back on track!

Out front Cairoli was stretching his lead each lap, but seemed to be pacing himself, knowing of the closing Herlings.

Cairoli out front and cruising.

Herlings was cutting through the field like a hot knife through butter, carving past national champions like they were novices as he relentlessly closed on the leader Cairoli.  As soon as Herlings got within striking distance, looking for a way past, Cairoli dropped the hammer and pulled out a comfortable margin to the flag.

Try as he might, Herlings could not close the final gap to Cairoli!

Other riders were not so fortunate, as the deeply rutted Lommel sand took down many others.

Russia’s Evgany Bobreyshev goes down!

As many eyes were on the Cairoli/Herlings strugle, Team Germany’s Max Nagel and Marcus Shiffer were quietly grabbing leaderboard positions to put Team Germany in an unassailble lead and they would get their hand’s on the Chamberlain Trophy for the first time in 65 years!

Team Belgium’s Clement Desalle couldn’t bring a hometown victory.

The German fans began climbing any vantage point they could, including one fan atop of the Diamondvision large TV screen, to see their team of Roczen, Nagel and Schiffer score a famous victory.

German fans hold the high ground.

As soon as the moto finished, the fans  swarmed on mass towards the podium, chain saws, air horns etc in full flow! . On the podium the Monster girls posed for the crowd as the dignitories, inc the Crown Prince of Belgium assembled.

Monster girls on podium.

Team Germany, managed by Max Nagel’s father Hubert, soaked up the moment as they sprayed the champagne.

Team Germany finally lift the Chamberlain trophy, aplauded by the Crown Prince of Belgium.

By contrast, many of Team USA, mechanics, friends, family etc seemed genuinely shocked at finishing third, still on the podium but not the top step Team USA usually occupy.

Team USA contemplate third place at Lommel.

Ken Roczen jumped down from the podium to share his bubbly with his rabid fans.

Roczen salutes his many fans!

When back on the podium he was joined by one of his fans wearing nothing but a small orange KTM thong!

Roczen and No1 fan.

Back in the pits mechanics began cleaning up the bikes, as many riders licked their wounds.

Irishman Stuart Edmonds bares the scars of battle!

In the massive KTM pits, spirits are high as their riders Cairoli and Herlings swept all three moto’s. Roger DeCoster and Stefan Everts reflect on the event.

15 world championships between DeCoster and Everts reflect on the MXDN.

Following the Youthstream Awards the previous evening I was able to share a few moments with a busy Roger deCoster as we discussed the painting of him with team USA and arranged for Youthstream to airfreight it back to California.

Roger DeCoster and artist Rob Kinsey with Team USA tribute painting.

Back in the Press Centre the winners interviews were in full flow, Team USA gracious in defeat as Team Germany spoke of how proud they would be to try and defend the Chamberlain Cup in Teutschenthal in Sept 2013.

The after parties at the circuit were winding down when we eventually got over to the Monster rig, so everyone headed into town to join Antonio Cairoli’s party at the Tuin Cafe in the market square. Red Bull had their mobile DJ and army wagon pumping out tunes outside under the inflatable Red Bull arch. Inside Tony and Jill were hosting a meal for family & friends which became a drinking contest as everyone had to down whatever glass was infront of them!

I’ll leave it to my nephew Joel Ibbotson to close this blogpost with  this thank you card upon returning home.

Anaheim 86 painted live at 2008 show

Once again Rob Kinsey Art will be exhibiting at the International   Dirt Bike Show Stoneleigh which runs from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th November 2010.

During the show Rob will be doing a “Live Painting Demo” of former Yamaha factory rider Dave Watson, from when he raced the 250cc Grand Prix circuit in the 1980’s. Come along and check out the progress of the painting during the show.  It’s also an excellent opportunity to bring along your own cherished photo’s, to discuss having them made into a memorable piece of art!  It’s not as expensive as you may think, and Rob tries to accomodate all budgets and requests.

On display will be a new range of Rob Kinsey original’s and limited edition prints.

For info on show visit:

For info on Rob’a artwork visit:

L to R: Illario Ricci, Giuseppe Luongo and Dave Clabaugh at Youthstream Awards.


On Saturday night of the Motocross of Nations at Thunder valley, Lakewood, Colorado, Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo presented two Rob Kinsey original painting’s in memory of Andrew McFarlane and Danny “Magoo” Chandler.

Illario Ricci, who was McFarlane’s manager when he rode the MX2 Grand Prix in 2005, graciously received the action painting of “Sharkey” McFarlane, exploding a berm on his Yamaha.

MXoN promoter Dave Clabaugh was honoured to receive the acrylic on canvas painting of an American icon Danny “Magoo” Chandler, pictured leading the world when he won all four moto’s of the Motocross & Trophee des Nations back in 1982.

Both riders sadly passed away during 2010 and these paintings will live on as a testement to their achievements in the sport!