Everts wins in 2003 - History
Posted on June 29, 2020
Sometimes we forget just how good the racing was when Stefan Everts, Joel Smets and Mickael Pichon raced each other. Once the two-time 250cc champion moved to the 450cc class, it was fireworks, as the three motocross legends went head to head. Dorna promoted, 12 rounds, single moto format, and three classes in one single day.
The 2003 season was a fantastic season, with Pichon taking the first three rounds of the MotocrossGP championship and looking likely to dominate two Belgian legends Stefan Everts and Joel Smets. Pichon just pushed the two Belgians around as though they were rookies, and his confidence was high, but as high as it was early, Everts and Smets showed why they are 10 and 5-time World champions and dropped the Suzuki factory rider as they started building confidence.
The moment Stefan Everts moved to do both the 125cc (after round three) and MotocrossGP championships the pressure was off and Everts dominated. Having gone 3-9-4 in the first three rounds Everts then went 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 to win the championship by a massive 40 points over Smets, who failed to win an overall, but finished on the podium nine out of the 12 rounds.
Pichon eventually finished with third place after crashing out of the final three rounds. Pichon having taken the 1-1-1 from the first three rounds then went 4-4-2-3-3-6 and then DNS, DNS, DNS.
Below are the rounds in Spain, Holland, Germany, Austria and Belgium, which were all beauties.
Everts also raced the 125cc championship and after starting with the fourth round went 1-4-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 and Smets raced the 650cc championship the same year and went 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-1-1-1-3. Two Belgian legends who ruled the World in 2003.