Georges Jobe - Rest in Peace
News Friday 20th December 2012 By Geoff Meyer
We spoke to Georges a little while before the Motocross of Nations and he mentioned what a tough fight it had been and was going to be. A fighter until the end our sport of Motocross has lost a great legend.
Jobé was crowned FIM World 250cc Motocross Champion in 1980 and 1983, and later went on to be crowned FIM World 500cc Motocross Champion in 1987, 1991 and 1992. Jobé's 1987 500cc championship was notable as he won riding a "private" Honda CR500. Most of his rivals were on the official "factory" teams of Honda, Kawasaki or KTM.
In 1988, having been crowned World Champion in the 500cc class the previous year, Jobe competed in the 125cc World Championship to attempt to win the "Triple Crown" (FIM 125, 250 and 500cc world titles).
He was unsuccessful, with countryman Eric Geboers achieving the feat by winning the 500cc World championship in that same year (Geboers having previously won world 125 and 250cc titles). Jobe was a member of the victorious Belgian team at the 1980 Motocross des Nations.
Jobé is famous for an incident that occurred during the 1984 British 500cc Motocross Grand Prix, held at Hawkstone Park, Shropshire, England. In 1984, the Hawkstone Park circuit included a large "double jump" (before they were customary on top motocross circuits).
Few riders had the courage to attempt to clear the jump during practice, let alone during the actual race. However, during the second race of the Grand Prix, Jobe passed rival André Malherbe by clearing the double jump, physically jumping over his rival in the process.
Photographer Nick Haskell captured the moment, and the image of Jobé flying over Malherbe, with the crowd cheering on is often seen by some as one of motocross's most iconic images. (A copy of the picture can be viewed on Jobé's official website).
In 2007 Jobe was paralyzed while training young riders in Dubai. After four years of intense rehabilitation, he has recovered his strength and is now walking and riding his bicycle. However, in 2011 he was diagnosed with leukemia. He lost the battle against his illness on 19 December 2012 at the age of 51.