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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Gone Troppo, Jan 13, 2021.
Passed away overnight...
I had to look it up. Sadly some seem to pass on to early.
He was the KING in his day...
Belgium certainly has breed a long list of top tier motocross riders, with Joel Roberts one of the originals.
I assume it is the sandy tracks, or could there be something in the water there?
Not the water, the Belgian beer!
If you're on Faceless, search Motocross Nostalgia - there's a great photo tribute to Joel, plus heeeaps of info/pics/stories from the glory days of MX!
Stolen from a pic thread
living legendary rider... one of the "iron men" of the 60's and 70's World Championship Motocross era.
RIP the "Godfather of MX"
Geographically Belgium sits ideally between France (which in the north is famous for loamy soil natural terrain tracks) and Holland... sand, sand, sand... and some more - sand.
Belgium is famous for its deep sandy world championship motocross course - Lommel (near the Holland border)... and of course the legendary Namur citadel circuit (now disused) which was once home to the Belgian 500cc Motocross Grand prix - laid out in the parkland foregrounds of the 16th century castle ruins. it was physically brutal with huge uphill and downhill sections - gradients you had to walk hands and feet to get up - almost.
Robert was a master of all these conditions and he dominated his CZ and early RM SUZUKI's of the day, with an aggressive riding style that was hard to fathom - when compared to today's modern mx bikes @ 300mm of suspension travel.
One of a kind; while DeCoster was smooth and calculated... Robert was relentless and dynamic... but together they were part of a breed that set Belgium on a path that saw them become the all time leading nation (arguably along with the USA) in motocross circles.