Jean-Michel Bayle

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Jean-Michel Bayle
Jean-Michel Bayle 01.jpg
Jean-Michel Bayle (2006)
Nationality French
Born 1 April 1969 (1969-04) (age 47)
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 (born 1 April 1969) is a French former 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.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, 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]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Pts
1992 250cc Honda JPN AUS MAL SPA ITA EUR GER NED HUN FRA
24
GBR BRA RSA NC 0
1993 250cc Aprilia AUS
19
MAL
16
JPN
21
SPA
14
AUT
17
GER
14
NED
16
EUR
18
RSM
18
GBR
8
CZE
Ret
ITA
19
USA
Ret
FIM
12
22nd 16
1994 250cc Aprilia AUS
10
MAL
7
JPN
11
SPA
8
AUT
11
GER
11
NED
6
ITA
8
FRA
5
GBR
5
CZE
6
USA
Ret
ARG
7
EUR
8
8th 105
1995 250cc Aprilia AUS
Ret
MAL
6
JPN
Ret
SPA
9
GER
6
ITA
Ret
NED
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
CZE
11
BRA
Ret
ARG
DNS
EUR
Ret
15th 37
1996 500cc Yamaha MAL
6
INA
8
JPN
8
SPA
7
ITA
5
FRA
Ret
NED
8
GER
10
GBR
Ret
AUT
9
CZE
6
IMO
4
CAT
Ret
BRA
7
AUS
5
9th 110
1997 500cc Modenas MAL
Ret
JPN
14
SPA
13
ITA
8
AUT
14
FRA
Ret
NED
Ret
IMO
8
GER
Ret
BRA
8
GBR
DNS
CZE
Ret
CAT
Ret
INA
Ret
AUS
16
18th 31
1998 500cc Yamaha JPN MAL SPA ITA FRA MAD NED GBR GER CZE
8
IMO
5
CAT
Ret
AUS ARG
7
16th 28
1999 500cc Modenas MAL
12
JPN
Ret
SPA FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED GBR GER CZE IMO VAL AUS RSA BRA ARG 28th 4
2002 MotoGP Yamaha JPN RSA SPA FRA
14
ITA
13
CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR BRA PAC MAL AUS VAL 24th 5

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