A sad day for the sport of motocross across the world, Georges Jobe has passed away today but has left behind a meaningful life and enduring racing legacy.
Georges Jobe, 1991 500 USGP Glen Helen
Georges soon became another Belgium motocross legend as his racing career grew to five world championships. Only fellow Belgians Stefan Everts (10), and Joel Robert (6) won more world championships.
I remember I didn’t like Jobe in the ’80’s because I wanted Danny La Porte to win a second 250 world title in 1983, but Jobe was determined, and driven to not let the title slip way to La Porte again. Gotta respect a champion.
Later in 1991, I was very impressed with his professionalism at the 500 USGP at Glen Helen. He was not a full factory rider, but was very focused on getting results in each moto to gain another world championship against younger, more factory supported riders.
His last title was 1992 500 World Championship over Kurt Nicoll.
The last time I saw Georges in person as at one of Yamaha’s Race of Champions held at Glen Helen. Georges was very polite off the track but a fierce competitor once he put on his helmet.
He maybe gone . . . but will never be forgotten for man he was, and the champion he became.
Godspeed Georges . . . (autonews.com photo)
Video highlights from last years 2010 AMA MX National at Pala Raceway.
Can’t wait until Sept. 10 . . . .
Can it be true . . . Dungey to KTM for 2011?
Well, as reported in MXA (8/31/11), the deal is getting more traction. In an interview with Dave Osterman, team manager at TwoTwo Motorsports, the idea of Dungey at KTM seemed plausible.
Ryan Dungey during 2010 Pala National
Here is MXA’s interview:
“The word on the street is that Ryan Dungey has signed with KTM. What are your thoughts on the pairing?
If everything we hear is true, and Ryan Dungey goes to KTM, it’s going to be very interesting. I do think that they are going to have the same issues that every manufacturer has had since the beginning of time. However, they are farther along than probably how other teams started out. I do believe that Ken Roczen is the fastest guy that KTM has had for quite some years in Supercross. Now they will have Dungey, and he will yard Roczen in Supercross. KTM also has Andrew Short, and as close as he is to the top of the game, he’s not Ryan Dungey. That’s no disrespect to Andrew, and I hope that he heals up soon. However, now that bike will be pushed to a whole new level where it has never been pushed before. Antonio Cairoli and all of those other players don’t count, because they aren’t Ryan Dungey. I expect the team to learn a whole lot in a short amount of time, but things will probably bite them like they have everyone else. The first year with Dungey will be very interesting for the team. It will be rewarding, but probably also frustrating. In my years of doing this, every color on the starting line has gone through growing pains. It’s awesome to see KTM have Ryan Dungey, because they deserve it. – – end of MXA quote
Time will tell where Dungey will go, but with all the mechanical troubles at Suzuki, it might be a done deal. I think the deal will be know right after the MXdN finishes. Next year should be very different with new colors at the top of the box.
Race On . . .
This has been a dream of mine for a long time . . . a exterior video pov on a mx racer. I have been thinking about a mx movie with footage of the racers right off the shoulder and helmet. The link with this new helmet mounted camera extended a few feet off the rider is almost perfect. I love it.
RotoR DP19 Dorno from Marco Orbassano on Vimeo.
I cannot wait for more pov videos like this, maybe in a race. Although having a long appendage sticking out in a race is not very safe.