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12-Round Schedule Set For 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Spectator Attendance Anticipated at All Events

MX Sports Pro Racing, in partnership with NBC Sports, has announced a 12-round schedule for the upcoming 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. As the sport continues to navigate the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic this summer’s racing calendar will welcome the return of some of the most iconic venues in American motocross, with spectator attendance anticipated at every event.

“The 2021 schedule has been developed through a collective effort alongside all of our event organizers, and we’re thrilled to see such legendary venues back on the calendar,” said Roy Janson, Managing Director at MX Sports Pro Racing. “The outlook surrounding the fight to eradicate COVID-19 has provided a sense of optimism amongst our group, which has us hopeful to welcome spectators at all the races while also allowing nearly every one of our events to remain on their traditional dates.

“Safety remains paramount in our efforts to host a successful season and we will continuously monitor all national, state, and local guidelines in an effort to ensure the well-being of our fans, competitors, and series personnel,” continued Janson. “While that may require some level of restriction or limited capacity, it will be in the best interest of all parties.”

The world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series will visit 10 different states on the journey to crown a pair of national champions, kicking things off on Memorial Day Weekend in the heart of the motocross industry, Southern California. By moving the start of the season to the holiday festivities, competitors will receive a full three weeks of preparation from the conclusion of the AMA Supercross season, which will help ensure that all riders are healthy and at the top of their game for the first gate drop of the summer.

After the opening round the championship will crisscross the country, making highly anticipated returns to venues like High Point Raceway, The Wick 338, Washougal MX Park, Unadilla MX, and Budds Creek Motocross Park before culminating with the season finale on September 11 at Hangtown, the oldest event in American motocross. Along the way, the series will observe four off weekends, further reducing the physical demands of the racers over the course of 29 total events between January and September.

“This is the most prestigious championship in all of motocross and we want to make sure our competitors have the opportunity to be at their best each and every weekend,” explained Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “We’ve listened to the challenges they face over the course of a season and have determined that expanding the overall breadth of the 2021 schedule will ultimately benefit the competitiveness on the racetrack, to which our audience will hopefully be rewarded with compelling title fights in both the 450 Class and 250 Class.”

Defending titleholders Zach Osborne and Dylan Ferrandis will headline a decorated contingent of international talent that will go bar-to-bar over the course of 24 motos across both the 450 Class and 250 Class, battling one another as well as Mother Nature in one of motorsports’ most challenging championships. The most coveted titles in motocross await, as the Edison Dye Cup (450 Class) and Gary Jones Cup (250 Class) carry a legacy that spans five decades.

“Passion has and continues to define the legacy of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. From our incredibly loyal fan base to the fearless racers who lay it all on the line in pursuit of victory, there is something truly special about a summer of American motocross,” added Coombs. “On the heels of a difficult year, the return of our most beloved venues and the expectation to welcome fans back to the race means the 2021 season is poised to rejuvenate that passion that has made this the most storied motocross series on the planet.”

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Joel Robert, Suzuki’s First Motocross World Champion Passes At 77 Years Old

Joël Robert (26 November 1943 – 13 January 2021[1]) was a Belgian professional motocross racer.[2] He competed in the Motocross World Championships from 1960 to 1976 when the sport experienced a surge in popularity worldwide.[3] A six-time world champion, Robert dominated the 250cc class for almost a decade when, he placed either first or second every year from 1964 to 1972 including, five consecutive world championships.[4] He won a total of 50 Grand Prix races over his career, a record which stood for nearly 30 years.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Joel Robert gave Suzuki their very first Motocross World Championship in the 250cc class in 1971; alongside Roger DeCoster in the 500cc class. SOURCE
More information at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo%C3%ABl_Robert

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Joël Robert Passed

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Joël Robert passes

Belgian world champion won seven Trans-AMA Nationals

January 14, 2021

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Joël Robert, the legendary Belgian motocross racer who won the 250cc Motocross World Championship six times, including five consecutive titles from 1968 through 1972, has died. He was 77. Born Nov. 26, 1943 in Châtelet, Belgium, Mr. Robert grew up in a family of motorcycle racers. His father, Fernan, raced speedway events. His uncle and cousin also competed. “At my birth, my father said, ‘We will make a rider out of him,’” Mr. Robert once recalled during an interview. “At the age of 2, I was able to take a chain off a bike, link by link.”

At 7, Mr. Robert was given his first motorcycle, a Gillet 125. “I didn’t even reach the foot pegs,” he said. “To start or stop, I needed a wall or a tree to lean against.” Mr. Robert earned his first 250cc world championship in 1964, riding a privateer CZ. He was just 20 years old, at the time the youngest rider to win a world motocross title. In 1968, he reclaimed the title by 2 points over Sweden’s Torsten Hallman. Mr. Robert won the title again in 1969 over fellow Belgium and CZ rider Sylvain Geboers.

Mr. Robert won the 1970 250cc Motocross World Championship on a factory Suzuki RH70. It was Suzuki’s first world motocross title, and also the first for a Japanese manufacturer. He would go on to win the world championship again in 1971 and ’72 with Suzuki.

Remembered as one of the most naturally talented motocross riders in history, Mr. Robert won 50 motocross Grands Prix, a record that stood for more than 30 years until it was broken by fellow Belgian Stefan Everts in 2004.

Mr. Robert began traveling to America in 1967, along with other world championship riders, for a series of races against America’s top riders. He won seven Trans-AMA Nationals during the 1970 and ’71 seasons. After being inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2000, Mr. Robert continued his involvement in motocross acting as manager for Belgium’s Motocross des Nations team.

Mr. Robert’s biography is available at motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=92.

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