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He is also a three-time Belgian national sidecarcross champion, having won titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and the 2013 French and 2015 German champion.
Joris Hendrickx entered the sidecarcross world championship for the first time in the 2003 season, taking part in his first race in the German Grand Prix, with Roger van de Lagemaat as his passenger. He finished eleventh in this race and came 42nd overall in this season.
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. He also finished third in the Belgian national championship that year.
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.
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. In the national championship of Belgium, he finished third once more.
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 but again earning one podium finish and his fourth third-place finish in the Belgian championship.
In the 2008 season, now with new passenger Kaspars Liepins, the team finished fourth in the world championship, earning four podium finishes. The pair also won the Belgian championship for the first time.
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, 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. 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.
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. 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.
Despite his announced retirement, Hendrickx still took part in non-GP sidecarcross races, winning the event in Muri, Switzerland in 2013. He also initially declared that he would start at the Belgian and French GP's in 2013, but did not compete in either event. Instead, Hendrickx raced the French national championship which he, still with Kaspars Liepiņš as his passenger, won.
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. The following season the pair won the German championship.
Season by season
Joris Hendrickx's sidecarcross world championship statistics:
|2003||Roger van de Lagemaat||42||10||2||—||—||—|
|2004||Roger van de Lagemaat||MTH-BSU||11||211||26||—||—||—|
|2005||Roger van de Lagemaat||MTH-BSU||8||143||14||—||—||—|
|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.
- Champions: (1) 2009
- Runners-up: (1) 2010
- Champions: (3) 2008, 2009, 2010
- Champions: (1) 2013
- Champions: (1) 2015
- Joris Hendrickx official website accessed: 14 September 2009
- Joris Hendrickx is wereldkampioen zijspancross (in Dutch), nieuwsblad.be, published: 13 September 2009, accessed: 14 September 2009
- JORIS HENDRICKX GP RECORD The John Davy Pages, accessed: 14 September 2009
- The World Championship Sidecarcross.com, accessed: 14 September 2009
- Starke Notgemeinschaft (in German) .motorsport-aktuell.com, published: 24 November 2009, accessed: 3 April 2011
- Rudersberg schreibt Geschichte (in German), Race report for the last event in 2009, accessed: 25 September 2009
- Sidecarcross world championship standings 2009 Archived 16 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. FIM website, accessed: 14 September 2009
- Seitenwagen-WM: Saisonende für Joris Hendrickx (in German) Speedweek, published: 29 July 2011, accessed: 8 August 2011
- JORIS HENDRICKX STOPT MET SIDECARCROSS! (in Dutch) www.sidecarcross.be, published: 10 November 2012, accessed: 4 January 2013
- MX-Gespanne Muri: Bürgler von Hendrickx besiegt (in German) Speedweek, published: 22 May 2013, accessed: 30 May 2013
- MX-Gespanne: Joris Hendrickx tritt kürzer (in German) Speedweek, published: 12 November 2012, accessed: 30 May 2013
- 2013 France national sidecarcross championship accessed: 16 October 2013
- 2014 France national Sidecarcross championship accessed: 7 November 2014
- 2015 German national Sidecarcross championship accessed: 24 September 2015
- Official website
- The World Championship on Sidecarcross.com
- The John Davey Grand Prix Pages - Results of all GP's up until 2005
|Sidecarcross World Champion
|Belgian national sidecarcross champion
|French national sidecarcross champion
|German national sidecarcross champion