Joris Hendrickx

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Joris Hendrickx
NationalityBelgium Belgium
Born (1983-02-02) 2 February 1983 (age 36)
Turnhout, Belgium
Bike number222
WebsiteOfficial website
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Sidecarcross World Championship
Active years2003 - 2012
ManufacturersMTH-BSU (2004-2005)
KTM-AYR (2006-2008)
KTM-VMC (2009-2012)
Championships(1) 2009
2012 championship position4th
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
198 11 66 2,884

Joris Hendrickx (born 2 February 1983, in Turnhout)[1] is a Belgian sidecarcross rider and the 2009 World Champion, together with his passenger, the Latvian Kaspars Liepiņš.[2]

He is also a three-time Belgian national sidecarcross champion (2008–2010) and the 2013 French and 2015 German champion.

Sidecarcross results[edit]

Hendrickx entered the sidecarcross world championship for the first time in the 2003 German Grand Prix, with passenger Roger van de Lagemaat. He finished 11th, and was 42nd in the season.[3]

The following season, he took part in considerably more races and, with van de Lagemaat still as his partner, he came eleventh overall with a fifth place in the second race of the Bulgarian GP as his best result.[3] He also finished third in the Belgian national championship that year.[1]

In the 2005 season, he used two passengers, van de Lagemaat and Eli Piccart, achieving an eighth place in the word championship, with a fourth-place finish at race on at the Croatian GP his best season result, and another third in the Belgian nationals.[1][3]

The 2006 season saw him race exclusively with Eli Piccart in the world championship, where he finished seventh and earned his first-ever podium finish with a third place in the first race in the French GP.[3] In the national championship of Belgium, he finished third once more.[1]

The following year, again with Eli Piccart as his passenger, Hendrickx stagnated, for the first time not improving his overall finish in the world championship[4] but again earning one podium finish and his fourth third-place finish in the Belgian championship.[1]

In the 2008 season, now with new passenger Kaspars Liepins, the team finished fourth in the world championship, earning four podium finishes.[4] The pair also won the Belgian championship for the first time.[1]

The 2009 season was initially dominated by Daniël Willemsen, who had won the previous six world championships. When Willemsen missed a number of races because of injury, Jan Hendrickx, his cousin,[5] took the lead in the competition. At the German GP at Strassbessenbach, Joris took out his first race win and also his first Grand Prix victory. With one event, the GP at Rudersberg, to go, Joris Hendrickx and Kaspars Liepins were 13 points behind the leaders Jan Hendrickx / Tim Smeuninx, in second place, but the leading combination suffered an engine defect in round four of the first race in Germany and lost all its advantage.[6] A win and a second place in the last event earned the Belgian / Latvian combination the world title, with Joris Hendrickx becoming only the second Belgian to do so, after Sven Verbrugge, and the first Belgian driver to record this achievement.[7]

In 2010, Hendrickx came second in the world championship, missing out on defending the title by nine points. He won the national Belgian title for a third consecutive time however. He suffered a season-ending injury at the qualifying of the German Grand Prix in July 2011, being able to compete in the race but requiring surgery afterwards.[8] Consequently, the team only finished ninth in the overall standings at the end of the season.

The team was able to complete the 2012 season without injury and finished fourth in the world championship, 83 points behind Daniël Willemsen who won his tenth title. He also came second in the Belgian championship. At the end of the season Joris Hendrickx announced his retirement from the sport despite only being 28 years old, citing that he could not muster the energy and time required to compete in the World Championship.[9]

Despite his announced retirement, Hendrickx still took part in non-GP sidecarcross races, winning the event in Muri, Switzerland in 2013.[10] He also initially declared that he would start at the Belgian and French GP's in 2013,[11] but did not compete in either event. Instead, Hendrickx raced the French national championship which he, still with Kaspars Liepiņš as his passenger, won.[12]

In the 2014 season he competed in only a few selected races of the French championship, with Liepiņš as his passenger, but still as a top contender.[13] The following season the pair won the German championship.[14]

Season by season[edit]

Joris Hendrickx's sidecarcross world championship statistics:

Season Passenger Equipment Position Points Races Wins Second Third
2003 Belgium Roger van de Lagemaat 42 10 2
2004 Belgium Roger van de Lagemaat MTH-BSU 11 211 26
2005 Belgium Roger van de Lagemaat MTH-BSU 8 143 14
Belgium Eli Piccart 55 8
2006 Belgium Eli Piccart KTM-AYR 7 180 16 1
2007 Belgium Eli Piccart KTM-AYR 8 177 16 1
2008 Latvia Kaspars Liepins KTM-AYR 4 394 24 2 2
2009 Latvia Kaspars Liepins KTM-VMC 1 483 26 2 7 10
2010 Latvia Kaspars Liepins KTM-VMC 2 547 28 6 12 2
2011 Latvia Kaspars Liepins KTM-VMC 9 315 16 2 6 2
2012 Latvia Kaspars Liepins KTM-VMC 4 369 22 1 3 7
Overall 2003 - 2012 2,884 198 11 30 25

Source:"The John Davey Pages - JORIS HENDRICKX". John Davey. Retrieved 2009-09-14.

  • Passengers in italics.


World Championship[edit]

  • Champions: (1) 2009
  • Runners-up: (1) 2010





  1. ^ a b c d e f Joris Hendrickx official website accessed: 14 September 2009
  2. ^ Joris Hendrickx is wereldkampioen zijspancross (in Dutch),, published: 13 September 2009, accessed: 14 September 2009
  3. ^ a b c d JORIS HENDRICKX GP RECORD The John Davy Pages, accessed: 14 September 2009
  4. ^ a b The World Championship, accessed: 14 September 2009
  5. ^ Starke Notgemeinschaft (in German), published: 24 November 2009, accessed: 3 April 2011
  6. ^ Rudersberg schreibt Geschichte (in German), Race report for the last event in 2009, accessed: 25 September 2009
  7. ^ Sidecarcross world championship standings 2009 Archived 16 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine FIM website, accessed: 14 September 2009
  8. ^ Seitenwagen-WM: Saisonende für Joris Hendrickx (in German) Speedweek, published: 29 July 2011, accessed: 8 August 2011
  9. ^ JORIS HENDRICKX STOPT MET SIDECARCROSS! (in Dutch), published: 10 November 2012, accessed: 4 January 2013
  10. ^ MX-Gespanne Muri: Bürgler von Hendrickx besiegt (in German) Speedweek, published: 22 May 2013, accessed: 30 May 2013
  11. ^ MX-Gespanne: Joris Hendrickx tritt kürzer (in German) Speedweek, published: 12 November 2012, accessed: 30 May 2013
  12. ^ 2013 France national sidecarcross championship accessed: 16 October 2013
  13. ^ 2014 France national Sidecarcross championship accessed: 7 November 2014
  14. ^ 2015 German national Sidecarcross championship accessed: 24 September 2015

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Daniël Willemsen
Sidecarcross World Champion
Succeeded by
Daniël Willemsen
Preceded by
Daniël Willemsen
Belgian national sidecarcross champion
Succeeded by
Jan Hendrickx
Preceded by
Valentin Giraud
French national sidecarcross champion
Succeeded by
Valentin Giraud
Preceded by
Andy Bürgler
German national sidecarcross champion