Everts and Yamaha win all three GPs in France!

Race

Stefan Everts (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) rewrote the history books by winning all three classes at the final round of the Motocross World Championships in Ernee, France today.

After securing the Motocross GP world championship in the Czech Republic two weeks ago and having entered the record books for winning two classes in one day earlier this year, the super-fit Belgian decided to make a unique attempt at all three Grand Prix classes in one day. The three victories take Everts’ total number of GP victories to an unprecedented 72 which also happens to be Everts’ race number, chosen because he was born in the year 1972.

Earlier in the day Everts had won the 125 and Motocross GP races with relative ease but it was the 650 event which produced some of the best racing of the day. Riding a machine he hadn’t ridden before Saturday’s free practice sessions, Everts was forced to battle wheel-to-wheel with KTM riders Joel Smets and Javier Garcia Vico. Such was the pace that all three riders made mistakes in the heat of the battle, but Everts was able to recover from his small crash to take the historic treble.

In the Motocross GP event Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) said au revoir to the factory team, for whom he has raced with since 2000. The Belgian suffered a poor start but rode strongly to make up places and sign off with a sixth place, moving him up to finish seventh in the overall standings.

Claudio Federici (Yamaha De Carli Team) did not enter the final GP. Instead the Italian has undergone surgery to repair the knee he damaged last season in a bid to be fully fit for the 2004 campaign. Despite the non-score Federici finished the season in eighth place in the championship on his YZ450F.

Stefan Everts (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team)- first (125, 650 and Motocross GP)
“What a day. A great day but really, really tough! I knew that because of the changes in the championship this would be my last chance to attempt three classes in one day, but even if that wasn’t the case I would never try it again – it has been so physically demanding. I don’t really know what to say because the results say more than I ever could. Looking back the 650 was the toughest race of the day. I had a good battle with Garcia Vico but had a small crash and that let him through. I sat behind him for a few laps to recover – I thought to myself maybe he would get tired! – before repassing. The whole day has been really exciting and sincerely I have to thank all my team for their hard work this season. I couldn’t do it without them.”

Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) – sixth (Motocross GP)
“This was my last ride for the team and I would have liked to go out on a high note but things didn't quite work out that way. My start was not so good and this is a difficult track to pass on. I lost even more ground after a few laps as I chased after the leaders. Vincent Turpin was getting in everybody's way and as he forced McFarlane off the track I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and nearly had to stop to avoid crashing myself.”

Laurens Klein Koerkamp, Manager of Yamaha’s European Racing Operations
“Unbelievable. It has been an amazing day and a great way to end a brilliant season for Yamaha. From the one-two-three in the 125s to Stefan’s incredible triple victory. With Stefan's Motocross GP title and two manufacturer's titles to our name we have again shown ourselves to be the leading manufacturer of four-stroke motocross machinery and it is thanks to the hard work of our teams and riders that we have achieved such strong results. Words cannot really describe how we are all feeling today, but I do know that if Stefan asks to enter a sidecar Grand Prix next year then my answer is definitely no!”