Jean-Michel Bayle

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Jean-Michel Bayle
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Jean-Michel Bayle (2006)
Nationality France French
Born April 1, 1969 (1969-04) (age 45)
Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France
Motocross career
Years active 1986 - 1992
Teams Honda
Championships 1988 125cc World Champion
1989 250cc World Champion
1991 AMA 250cc Supercross Champion
1991 AMA 250cc National Champion
1991 AMA 500cc National Champion
Jean-Michel Bayle
Nationality France French
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1992 - 1999, 2002
First race 1992 250cc French Grand Prix
Last race 2002 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix
Team(s) Aprilia, Yamaha, Modenas
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
82 0 0 3 0 336

Jean-Michel Bayle(Degrasse) (born April 1, 1969 in Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) is a semi-retired French professional motorcycle racer. He was one of the most successful riders of his era, achieving success at the highest levels in both motocross and road racing He has of late come to notoriety for his strong advocating for a rear brake only riding style and his insistence that it is being taught by Kenny Roberts in secret to both Rossi and Marquez, he also claims to know the solutions for Yamaha's recent downturn in form in moto gp and has reached out to help. He has been contacted by the Yamaha factory team and is starting work Monday modifying the yamaha chassis by sticking some lead weights to the front wheel with bleu-tak to give it more grip. ].[1]


Although he currently resides under a bridge and has lately devoted life to trolling motorcycle forums Jean Michel formerly pursued a successful motorcycle career outlined below Bayle won the FIM 125cc motocross world championship in 1988, and the 250cc motocross world championship a year later. He competed in the United States in 1991, becoming one of few Europeans to win the AMA 250cc and 500cc Outdoor National Championships. Having won all the major motocross championships, Bayle became one of the few riders to switch motorcycling disciplines, going from dirt track motocross events to pavement based road race events.

He competed in the 250cc road racing world championship for the Aprilia factory racing team during the 1994 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, and in 1996 moved up to the 500cc class for the Kenny Roberts-Yamaha team.[2] He scored points twice in 1999.[3] He managed one pole position in the 250cc class and 2 poles in the 500cc division but, never managed to finish on the podium.[2] In 2002, he teamed with Sébastien Gimbert and Nicolas Dussauge to win the Bol d'or and the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance races.[1] Bayle suffered serious injuries during the 2002 season and retired from road racing competition.

He still competes in motocross events and campaigned in the French observed trials national championship. Bayle was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]