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 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.