Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!
This week’s question: Who is the only person ever to become the Motocross World Champion on each of the four major Japanese motorcycle makes?
If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you’re right.
I’ve always liked the term World Champion, as it implies that the holder is the best this planet has to offer. When the bug people come down from Alpha Centauri, that’ll be important.
Of course it seems as though every important contest ends with a World Champion, even when that contest’s importance is only regional. I’m sure that few people in the Serengeti care that they’ve never been given the opportunity to contest baseball’s “World Series.” Still, it’s important in the Baseball World so we’ll give them that.
Motorcycle racing has it’s own World Series’ which are sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). Out of the six series that the FIM oversees one of the most well known is Motocross which evolved from the time trials popular in Great Britain in the early part of the last century.
Today Motocross is dominated by the Japanese manufacturers, and by one particular rider. Son of four-time world champion Harry Everts, Belgium’s Stefan Everts is considered to be the greatest motocross racer in history. His own history includes ten FIM World Motocross Championships and 101 wins over a 16-year career. He also has another feather in his cap, or dirt clod in his helmet if that’s a metaphor that’s more apropos. He is the…
Only rider to become World Champion on all four Japanese manufacturers.
For the 2016 season Everts has returned home so to speak, taking a role as a principal on the Geboers Racing Promotions team, which is Belgium-based. There he is overseeing their MXGP efforts featuring veteran riders Ben Townley and Kevin Strijbos.