Throwback Thursday: Bayle and Ward at the 1991 Glen Helen 500cc USGP

Larry Lawrence | May 16, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Bayle and Ward at the 1991 Glen Helen 500cc USGP

Cycle News Photo Collection/Ken Faught

In this week’s Throwback we go back 28 years to 1991 and the final round of the World Championship 500cc Motocross Series held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California.

Georges Jobé had already clinched the title, so the Glen Helen round was wide open. It wasn’t one of the World Championship regulars running up front, but instead AMA Motocross riders Jeff Ward and Jean-Michel Bayle trading moto wins. Wardy won the first moto in come-from-behind fashion. Then Bayle dominated the second moto to score the overall.

With the victory Frenchman Bayle became the first rider to win an overall in all three World Championship GP classes and all four AMA National Championship classes. With nothing left to accomplish in motocross and Supercross, Bayle left MX to pursue a career in road racing the next season.

In this photo Cycle News Assistant Editor Ken Faught captured Bayle, on his No. 67 factory Honda, leading Ward on his factory Kawasaki.

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