Gajser Going for Three

Amazingly, since the Motocross World Championship was first decided in 1947, nearly 75 years ago, only nine riders have been able to win more than two world titles in a row and in 2021, Tim Gajser has a shot at making it 10 riders to achieve what seems the nearly impossible.

Gajser knows defending his MXGP championship for a third time won’t be easy and he also knows that very few riders win three world titles in a row. Some riders who failed to do it in their careers were Eric Geboers, Georges Jobe, Joel Smets, and Jeffrey Herlings. If they couldn’t do it, then it has to be a tough task.

“Just incredible really,” Gajser said. “Of course, every championship has its own meaning. It means a lot to me, but man, like four, especially winning back-to-back, like last year and this year, it is just unbelievable. When I crossed the finish line and I saw all the people, and some of them couldn’t be here because of the protocols and stuff, but you know the ones that were here made such a nice atmosphere and I am so happy to be part of an amazing team. We all work for this; we all work so hard to be successful and achieve these types of championship. I would love to win three championships in a row, that would be really amazing.”

The first man to ever win three or more in a row was Belgian legend Joel Robert, who actually won five 250cc championships in a row from 1969 until 1972. Fellow Belgian Roger De Coster won three 500cc titles in a row in 1971, 1972 and 1973 and another Belgian legend Gaston Rahier also did it in the 125cc class in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Finnish legend Heikki Mikkola won three titles in a row in 1976, 1977 and 1978, although those came first in the 250 class and then two in the 500cc class.

Harry Everts won three 125cc championships in a row in 1979, 1980 and 1981 and Greg Albertyn won a 125cc title in 1992 then two 250 titles in 1993 and 1994. Stefan Everts joined his dad Harry as a triple winner in a row when he won the World 250cc championship in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and Alessio Chiodi won three 125cc championships in a row in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Stefan Everts proved unbeatable when he won six titles in a row winning in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, before he retired and Antonio Cairoli quickly came into his own by winning six titles in a row in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

So, while Everts and Cairoli have their six in a row and Joel Robert his five in a row, we can only wonder if HRC hero Gajser can capture the 2021 championship, becoming not only a five-time FIM Motocross World Champion, but also joining the very select list of triple crown winners back-to-back, to back.

 

Photo Copyright: Bavo Swijgers

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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