Stefan Everts

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Stefan Everts
Stefan Everts WM2005.jpg
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Born 25 November 1972 (1972-11-25) (age 41)
Bree, Belgium
Motocross career
Active years 1988 - 2006
Teams Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, KTM
Championships 125cc- 1991
250cc- 1995, 1996, 1997
500cc- 2001, 2002
MX1-GP- 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Wins 101

Stefan Everts (born 25 November 1972 in Bree) is a motocross racer from Belgium, who retired in 2006 after securing his record 10th World Title. He also holds several other motocross records.

Biography[edit]

Stefan is the son of four-time Motocross World Champion, Harry Everts, and first jumped onto a bike at the age of four. At the age of 17, he made his debut in the 125cc World Championship, and two years later he secured his first title in that division. During the following years, the Belgian moved up through the different divisions and collected an as yet unsurpassed number of titles (10) and GP victories (101).

Everts was known for his very smooth style on the bike, making his riding look effortless. In particular, he maintained a standing position on the bike much more frequently than other riders, even in very tight corners. His cornering control was unique and he was noted for running his engine in a higher gear to torque his way around the track, as opposed to revving it out hard in each gear, even on the 125cc and 250cc two-stroke machines he used at the beginning of his career. While he never placed much focus on American-style supercross tracks or riding styles, he nevertheless proved to be competitive with top US riders even at their own game. In the later stages of his career, Everts' vast experience helped him to reach an impressive consistency, making erratic movements or mistakes very rare, as illustrated by the fourteen-to-one win-loss record in his final season.

After ending his active riding career at the end of 2006, Everts became motocross race director for the KTM factory team, ultimately responsible for coaching their riders on the technical, mental and physical level. In July 2007 he renewed his contract with the Austrian manufacturer for another two years. Most of the time he lives in Monaco (a move for which he was criticized very much like fellow Belgian sports personalities Justine Henin and Tom Boonen), together with his wife Kelly and his son Liam.

Records and awards[edit]

  • 10 times World Champion
  • 101 GP victories in total
  • 14 out of 15 GP's won in the 2006 season
  • Second man, after Eric Geboers, to become "Mr. 875cc" (winning world titles in 125/250/500cc)
  • In the 2003 season, he won 3 GP's (125cc, MXGP and 650cc) on the same day in Ernee, France.
  • Only rider to become World Champion on all four Japanese manufacturers (Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha).
  • 5 times Belgian Sportsman of the year (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, only surpassed by Eddy Merckx), plus a Lifetime Achievement award.

Career[edit]

Everts on the MX1 podium at the 2004 British GP (Arreton, IOW).
  • 1990: Belgian Champion, 125cc (Suzuki)
  • 1991: World Champion, 125cc - winner 5 GP's; Belgian Champion, 125cc; Youngest world champion at that time (Suzuki)
  • 1993: Belgian Champion, 250cc (Suzuki)
  • 1995: World Champion, 250cc - winner 5 GP's (Kawasaki)
  • 1996: World Champion, 250cc - winner 5 GP's (Honda)
  • 1997: World Champion, 250cc - winner 9 GP's; Winner "Motocross of Nations" (Honda)
  • 1998: Belgian Champion, 250cc; Winner "Motocross of Nations" (Honda)
  • 2001: World Champion, 500cc - winner 7 GP's; First rider winning world championships on all four Japanese bikes (Yamaha)
  • 2002: World Champion, 500cc - winner 4 GP's (Yamaha)
  • 2003: World Champion, Motocross GP - winner 8 GP's; Winner "Motocross of Nations"(Yamaha) Is the overall winner
  • 2003: International Six Days Enduro Brasil overall winner (scratch)(Yamaha)[1]
  • 2004: World Champion, Motocross GP - winner 7 GP's; Winner "Motocross of Nations" (Yamaha)
  • 2005: World Champion, MX1-GP - winner 8 GP's; Belgian Champion (Yamaha)
  • 2006: World Champion, MX1-GP winner 12 GP's (Yamaha)

RECENT SEASONS:

Year BEL
Z
ESP POR BEL
Na
GER
T
JPN GBR ITA GBR FRA SWE RSA BEL
Ni
CZE GER
D
GBR
I
NED IRL Pos. Points
2005 1 5 1 1 4 1 1 2 1 4 3 2 3 2 1 5 1 1 1st 721
2006 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1st 739

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Donny Schmit
World Champion - 125cc (1)
1991
Succeeded by
Greg Albertyn
Preceded by
Greg Albertyn
World Champion - 250cc (3)
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Sebastien Tortelli
Preceded by
Joël Smets
World Champion - 500cc (2)
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Cancelled
New creation World Champion - MX1 (4)
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Steve Ramon