Georges Jobe - My side of the story
Interview Saturday 05th March 2010 By Geoff Meyer
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MXlarge: Georges, thanks for your time. Can you give me an idea what happened with the BO team and the whole situation?
Jobe: The truth is it is difficult for me now, after the deal in December with BO, that didn’t happen, I also didn’t get money, I have the same contract as Kevin. That guy because of financial problems didn’t come with the money he offered. I tried to get something organized anyway, I talked to KTM and to be honest I could have stopped, I could have walked away, for me it would have been the easier thing to do, but for the two riders I didn’t want to give up. I did my best to find a solution for them.
MXlarge: When was it clear that Kevin would try and find another team?
Jobe: I am disappointed, because the manager of Kevin, he went behind my back while I was trying to get things sorted out. We had a meeting on Monday and my sponsor in Dubai, the guy in Dubai called at that time, we put him on the load speaker and he said the money is coming, but be patient. That meeting was in the afternoon and at 5pm Kevin’s manager was calling the other teams, calling KTM to trying to get the deal I had with them. This is the truth and that is why I am so mad. That he goes to other teams okay, but to go to KTM, that is wrong. Of course KTM called me straight away and told me what was happening.
The problem was the time; they (Dubai) don’t want to rush anything. I don’t understand if you have the best bikes in the paddock, the fastest bikes, the results would come and results make money, money doesn’t make results.
MXlarge: What about Anthony Boissere?
Jobe: Anthony will not go to the French Championship, I am trying to organize something for him, we have meeting there and everything, but the problem now is that of course we don’t have a team now; a team is two or three riders, not one rider. That makes for me more problems, makes it more complicated.
MXlarge: it’s been a tough time for you, it sounds like you did all you could?
Jobe: You know, the thing is, of course I do my best, the problem is we are in a situation where the economy is sick, and we are not in a position to change that. When I first saw you in Lierop I had that situation where I could make a team, and the guy wanted a big team, and for me that was a dream, but it turned into a nightmare and I couldn’t control that. That is why I wanted to try and do my best.
My mother passed away in December and at the same time I was told that BO didn’t have the money, but I kept working for the riders, looking for some possibility. I didn’t give up, but then Kevin’s manager made problems for me, shot me in the back. Now that Kevin is gone I don’t even know if the sponsor in Dubai wants to be involved. It doesn’t matter what happens, I will not give up on Anthony.