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)
Great to see James Stewart make the necessary program changes to prepare for the nationals. But what I am curious about is the technology Suzuki is using to gather data on the race bike.
Earlier I wrote about a possible “mule” bike Stewart was testing that had black frame and swingarm combo. And that the engine was not easily visible in the official photos that were released on the Stewart to Suzuki was announced. On the other #7 bike, that looked like a regular factor RM-Z, the front number plate had suspicious cut outs / drill holes on one side.
What are those holes for . . . not a big enough opening for engine cooling, unless it’s just cooling one piece of equipment directly behind the number plate on that side. Or is it a window for a remote sensor to read data during the live testing? The holes look to be adding some air flow behind the front plate. And with all those rivets poking through, it looks like they have more equipment attached to back of the plate. The bike is also equipped with a carbon fiber tank, which is not allowed in AMA competition. Is this bike a European version of the RM-Z so Stewart can get a feel for other factory riders’ settings or an ultra-lightweight bike not geared for competition.
There is also a GPS sensor attached on top of the front fender. This GPS sensor, made by GET, logs in live date so the race team can map the bike’s performance and record rider’s input at all parts of the track. The GET Power ECU system also includes a quick change dial that can be attached to the handle bar so the rider can switch the electronic engine settings for changing race conditions. The GET Data company is part of Athena, an Italian parts / technology company which also is a major sponsor of KTM Europe & KTM USA. Almost all the top motocross teams use the GET ECU system to map engine data.
Soon the SX/MX racers will be having more technical input during race conditions but let’s hope it doesn’t overboard like F1 steering wheels . . . .
Well the cat is out of the bag . . . James Stewart has left Yamaha for a new start on Suzuki for the 2012 AMA 450 Nationals.
In quick succession, JGR / Yamaha released JS7 and Stewart popped up on his new Suzuki. Amazing how a new ride heals broken bones . . .
JS7 Top Secret Snapshot
The first thing I noticed is the secrecy surrounding Stewart’s new RM-Z . . . why no engine photos!
And why is there a black frame / swingarm combo on the bike he’s testing vs the polished aluminum in the team bike photo. Is this a mule bike with base settings to compare to the works bike.
Is this the new generation of RM-Z or a new prototype to sway Stewart to jump ship.
JS7 New Ride & Hiding the Engine – Suzuki Photo
The Stewart riding photos provided by Suzuki are deliberately not showing their engine package . . . do they have a new engine design like KTM, revamped their 450 model ? Is this the way they convinced Stewart to break with Yamaha?
Stock RM 450 Photo – Old Design ? – Suzuki Photo
Time will tell if this is a new design for Suzuki and if Stewart can capture some of his old magic since the last time he raced the outdoor series.
JS7 on new RM – Suzuki Photo
JS7 Flying on RM – Suzuki Photo
2012 AMA 450 Nationals are about to become really interesting . . . just in time since Ryan Villopoto knocked himself out of competition with a knee injury.
Ryan Dungey vs James Stewart . . . KTM vs Suzuki.
Will 2012 AMA 450 Nationals be a grudge match for Suzuki to get back at KTM since Suzuki lost almost their entire race team staff to KTM ?
We will see . . .