Vale Judd Greedy
Judd Greedy was involved in a fatal racing incident at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway on Sunday, April 5 2009.
Privateer Supersport racer Judd Greedy was involved in a fatal racing incident at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway on Sunday, April 5.
Twenty-eight-year-old Greedy was leading the opening Australian Supersport Championship race on Sunday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed as he exited the ‘bus stop’ section of the Launceston circuit.
Two riders in the following pack were unable to avoid Greedy and his fallen motorcycle, with officials immediately red-flagging the race to allow paramedics to attend the scene of the multi-bike incident. Greedy was immediately attended by the Suzuki Racesafe Medical Team, but died at the scene.
“Judd was a popular and important member of the extended Suzuki family, and news of his passing has stunned us all,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Perry Morison. “Although not a member of our official Team Joe Rocket Suzuki distributor team, Judd had a close association with team manger Phil Tainton and our entire race team. Judd’s talent and professionalism was obvious to all, and the motorcycle world will be much poorer for his passing.”
“The thoughts of all of us at Suzuki Australia are with Judd’s family, his friends and his many supporters and fans throughout the motorcycle industry.”
Originally from Maitland, NSW, Greedy won last year’s Privateer Cup in the highly-competitive Australian Supersport Championship on his Sunstate Racing Suzuki GSX-R600. For 2009 Steve and Craig Trinder’s BioMagnetics business joined forces with fellow Queensland company Sunstate Motorcycles, where Greedy worked as Business Manager, with the on-track results immediate for the popular privateer.
Greedy won the opening race in this year’s championship at Phillip Island in late February, and headed to Symmons Plains tied for the championship lead. He was leading the championship and leading the race at the time of the fatal incident. April 9, 2009 Greedy started his racing career at just 10 years of age, winning a total of 51 state and national dirt-track championships.
He then turned his talent towards road racing, winning state titles in 125GP, 250GP and Supermono. If it had two wheels, Greedy would ride it – including competing in the national Harley-Davidson Sportster series. After a short stint overseas in 2003, followed by distributor-supported rides with Honda and Suzuki back in Australia, 2009 looked like being his best year to date.
Tragically it wasn’t to be. “We are devastated with the tragedy of Judd’s death and our sincerest thoughts go to Judd’s family and friends,” said BioMagnetics Sunstate Racing team manager Steve Trinder. “We would like to thank members of the Suzuki Racesafe team and the track officials who were so supportive. “The last thing Judd said to me was ‘don’t worry Steve, I’ll be in front’ – and he certainly was.”
Sunstate Racing’s Rod Lamb said: “Our thoughts are with Judd’s family Rob, Julie and Elissa, and to his many friends both in racing and through his electric personality. Judd was focussed in his goals and despite previous season frustrations was on his way to achieve his dream.
“Judd left a smile on everyone who knew him.”
RIP Judd Greedy.