Everts Wins, Pichon Injured

Paul Carruthers | August 24, 2003

L&M Yamaha’s Stefan Everts won his seventh straight Motocross GP today in Gaildorf, Germany, setting himself up to win the World Championship.

The victory, the 67th of Everts’ career, was the Belgian’s second of the day as he also scored a win in the 125cc class, giving him five double wins in a row.

With Everts thriving in Germany, it was a case of the complete opposite for his championship rival Mickael Pichon. The Frenchman crashed in practice and suffered a serious knee injury that will require surgery tomorrow. Pichon is expected to be out of action for six months.

The Frenchman had earned pole position for today’s race, but he crashed his Suzuki in the morning warmup and suffered torn ligaments in his knee. He has since traveled to Paris where he is scheduled to undergo surgery in the morning.

In the Motocross Grand Prix, Everts led from start to finish, topping Brian Jorgensen and KTM’s Joel Smets, the latter having crashed during the race.

Jorgensen finished 11 seconds behind Everts for his best result of the season.

In the 125cc class, Everts took the win over Steve Ramon.

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.