Joel Robert, one of the first Motocross legends
Joel Robert (born in Belgium on 26.11.1943 and died on 13.01.2021 when he was hospitalized due to Covid-19) was one of the first world icons of Motocross. He started competing in the 250cc Motocross World Championship since the year it was created, 1962. He was World Champion for the first time in 1964 at the controls of a private CZ, he was also, until that year, the youngest driver to reach the title. In 1965 he became a factory pilot for CZ, in this condition he won two world titles (1968 and 1969) and was runner-up three times (1965, 1966 and 1967).
In 1970 he became a SUZUKI factory rider together with Roger De Coster, in the 500cc, he contributed decisively to the consolidation of the image of this brand in Motocross. With SUZUKI he was World Champion in 1970, 1971 and 1972, at this time he set a record of 50 victories in World Championships, this record was only surpassed by Stefan Everts in 2004. After 1972 the level of his performances dropped and he never won any titles again.
He ended his racing career in 1976 at the controls of a PUCH.
To date, only two drivers have won more world titles than Robert (6x), Stefan Everts (10x) and Tony Cairoli (9x).
Joel Robert - 1968 - CZ