My name is Mark Sullivan, better known as Max. I am
a qualified motorcycle technician and have been in the motorcycle trade
for over 20 years. I am currently the Operations Manager for Sydney City
Smash Repairs in Clyde, NSW
Australia. Sydney City Smash Repairs is part of the Sydney City
Motorcycle group with retail stores in Lane Cove, Kogarah and
Campbelltown. Check the Links tab for more information.
I have been the Chief
Engineer for GHR Honda Off Road Team from 2001-2004, specializing in desert and endurance racing.
Although my work commitments prohibit me from being too involved with
the ever growing GHR Off Road Team, my services were still employed in
major events each year such as Condo 750, Finke Desert Race and
Australian Safari up until 2011. My love of motorcycles, desert racing and dirt bike riding has
provided me with many unique opportunities. I have been able to provide
race and technical support both in Australia and overseas, in events
such as the Dakar Rally.
Over the last nine years I have combined
this with another past time, photography, which ultimately led to
this site. Although adventure/sports photography is my primary passion, I also
enjoy trying my hand at different types of photography. If you require a
photographer for any reason, or any occasion, why not contact me and
lets discuss your needs.
If you would like to contact me, please send an email to
To give you an idea of who I am, here are a few
For the first fifteen years of my trade, I worked in
Yamaha dealerships. My knowledge of the Yamaha product led me to
compete in Yamaha Motor Australia's first Technicians Grand Prix
held in 2001. After competing against the best technicians in
Australia and New Zealand, I emerged the Oceania Champion.
2002 Yamaha World Technicians Grand Prix Japan
I have been the Chief Engineer for the GHR Honda Off
Road Team from 2001-2004, preparing desert race bikes in my
spare time for races such as The Australian Safari, Condo 750 and
Finke Desert Race. Although not able to assist full time, I still
attend major events and offer assistance when needed.
The Honda Off Road achievements I have been involved
with, are as follows....
2001 Australian Safari - 2nd Outright
2001 Sunraysia Cross Country Rally - 1st, 4th
2001 Riverina Cross Country Rally - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
2002 Australian Safari - 2nd Outright
2002 Sunraysia Cross Country Rally - 1st Outright
2002 Western Plains Cross Country Rally - 1st
2003 Australian Safari - 2nd, 3rd, 7th Outright
2003 Condo 750 - 1st Outright, 4th Outright
2004 Finke Desert Race - 1st, 3rd, 9th Outright
2004 Condo 750 - 1st, 2nd Outright, 1st in class
250cc four stroke
2004 Australian Safari - 1st Outright
2005 Condo 750 - 1st, 3rd Outright, 1st in class
250cc four stroke
2005 Finke Desert Race - 4th, 5th Outright
2006 Condo 750 - 1st, 2nd Outright, 1st, 2nd 450cc
2006 Finke Desert Race - 3rd Outright, 2nd 450cc
2007 Condo 750 - 2nd Outright
2007 Finke Desert Race - 1st Outright
2007 Australian Safari - 1st Outright
2008 Australian Safari - 1st, 3rd Outright
2009 Australian Safari - 1st Outright
In July 2004, I traveled to Makati City, Manila in
the Philippines to conduct a five day training course on
motorcycle mechanics. I met some great people and still found time
to trail ride in the jungle as well as join some friends on a road
ride to Subic Bay.
For the past seven years I have been able to assist
Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine with Tech Tips, Photographs and
technical advice. Recently I have been more involved, both
photographing and writing technical articles. For samples of my work, please click
I have been a regular contributor to both Dirt Action Magazine
and Trailrider Magazine with Pictorials as well as interviews, event articles
and regular Tech articles. For samples of
my work, please click HERE.
At the end of 2005, I traveled to Portugal with my
girlfriend as well as fellow GHR sweep, Allan Wall to see the start of the
2006 Dakar Rally. We offered some help
and advice to Australian Privateer Christophe Barriere-Varju in his
first Dakar Rally. To read all about our foreign adventures, check
out issue 11 of Trailrider Magazine.
February 2006 saw my first assignment as an
adventure photographer. I accompanied a group tour, on a seven day,
2000km ride down the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. This was an awesome
experience, with a great group of guys. The scenery was spectacular,
and the margaritas tasted great.
At the end of 2006, I headed off to Lisbon, Portugal
once again for the Dakar Rally. The 2007 Dakar would be the first
time I would attend the whole rally, as a mechanic. I spannered for
Australian rider Christophe Barriere-Varju, as well as Patrice
Carillon from France, and Enio Cuccarachi from Italy. All three of
my riders finished the event. Check out the Dakar page for more info
On Christmas Day 2010, I flew to South America to
join the rest of the GHR Honda Team, in preparation for the 2011
Dakar Rally. The Rally covered 9000km from Argentina, crossing the
Andes to Chile and then back to Argentina. Four riders started, only
one finished. No mechanical DNF's but a very tough race.
September 2011 saw a change at Safari. After 11yrs
with Honda, it was time change colours. CPW KTM offered me a
position on the team. Some bad luck came their way after a
dominating 2010 Safari. I am pleased to say my rider, Troy O'Connor finished!
It was a great opportunity to get to know three times Dakar Winner,
Cyril Despres who joined our Team. Some valuable advice for the
upcoming Dakar was given to me by Cyril's long time mechanic, Roland
Bruckner. Again a great friendship was struck up in the deserts of
On Boxing Day 2011, I again flew to South America. I
was spannering for Mark Davidson on his KTM450 Rallye Replica. This
time the Dakar started in Argentina, went through Chile and ended in
Lima, Peru. Unfortunately fatigue took its toll on day five and Mark
retired from the race. Less than half the field ever complete the
In September 2012 attended my 10th Australian
Safari. I have been to every Australian Safari since 2001, and have
only missed the years the event was cancelled. In 2012 I went back to my roots, working with Yamaha Australia as Team
Manager for three riders. Rod Faggotter, Shane Diener and Vern
Strange. Unfortunately a knee injury brought an early end to Shane's
race, while Rod suffered from a rare wheel bearing failure while
fighting for the outright lead.
At the end of December 2012 I once again flew to
South America to take on my 4th Dakar Rally. This time spannering
for Troy O'Connor on his KTM450RR. We teamed up with the Polish "Orlen"
Team, along side the KTM Factory guys. A freak rock found its way to
Troy's oil cooler, puncturing it and draining the engine of vital
oil. Unfortunately the engine would not re start and Troy's dream of
finishing Dakar finished at 4am on day 6.