THE FRANK BRUNO AWARD
1988 was the year where the motocross sport was born in Gozo.
Frankie Xuereb, known as 'Ta' Brunu', together with some other motocross fans, discovered an unworked land in the rural areas known as 'Ta' Xhajma' at the limits of Nadur, Gozo. Throughout the years, this area had always been left abandoned, with a lot of debris and rocks accumulating over the years; making it quite unusable.
Frankie, together with his motocross friends had shown great enthusiasm and determination, in a bid to the government at the time, to develop this abandoned land into a motocross track where they can start practicing this sport. During that time, local motocross fans did not have a place where they could enjoy such a hobby. Instead, every Sunday, one would find a numerous amount of riders practicing this sport by going up and down a hill known as 'Tan-Nuffara' in the limits of Nadur or in areas known as 'Ta' Laveċċa' between Għasri and Zebbuġ and 'Tad-Dabrani' between Marsalforn and Rabat. No competitive racing had ever been done at that time.
When the government at the time had issued the permit to develop the land into what would be the first and only motocross track in Gozo, the first design of the track at Ta' Xħajma had been commissioned. The design featured multiple turns and jumps suitably positioned to test the skills of the riders. The new track has also allowed local riders to enjoy this adventurous sport in an adequate and suitable place.
Mr. Michael Saliba was appointed the first president of the Gozo Motocross Association whom together with Vincent, better known as 'Ċensu Splott' and Ġorġ Xuereb, also known as 'Ta' Brunu', always strived and worked hard to push forward and improve the sport of motocross in Gozo.