Vale Joel Robert...

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Gone Troppo, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer Supporter

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    Passed away overnight...

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  2. Beet

    Beet adventurer

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  3. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer Supporter

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    He was the KING in his day...
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  4. urbanoyster

    urbanoyster Been here awhile

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    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?
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  5. gavmac

    gavmac Long timer

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    Not the water, the Belgian beer!
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  6. GSnovice

    GSnovice Beer me up, Scotty!

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  7. GSnovice

    GSnovice Beer me up, Scotty!

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    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!
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  8. Bluetonguejak

    Bluetonguejak Pretend racer

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  9. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    living legendary rider... one of the "iron men" of the 60's and 70's World Championship Motocross era.

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  10. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    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.

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    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.
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