Only the top motocross riders will make it to world championship level, and just a small number of them will win a Grand Prix. An elite few have been crowned champion, but only one has managed three GP victories on a single day. And it comes as no surprise that that man is 10-times motocross World Champion Stefan Everts.
That impressive feat, even by the Belgian’s standards, was achieved at the Ernée circuit in France for the 2003 FIM Motocross World Championship finale, with Everts claiming victory in the 125cc, MXGP and 650cc classes.
Prior to that day, Everts had already established himself as the most successful motocross riders of all time, having taken seven world titles and 69 GP victories, more than anyone who came before him.
Arriving on the world stage at the age of 17 in 1989, Stefan was already a hot topic due to his father and four-time world champion Harry Everts’ success. Just two years after making his debut, Everts was already a 125cc title-winner, becoming the then youngest ever world champion.
After moving up to the 250cc class more championship success followed, with the 1995, 1996, and 1997 titles all going to Everts, as well as helping Team Belgium to three Motocross of Nations victories in 1995 (Sverepec, Slovakia), 1997 (Nismes, Belgium) and 1998 (Foxhills, United Kingdom).
After two years riding through injury on uncompetitive bikes, Everts moved to Yamaha in 2001 for a shot at the 500cc title. Seven GP wins that year on the Yamaha YZ426F saw him become the first and only rider to claim a world title with each of the four Japanese manufacturers.
That success continued in 2002, as Everts claimed back-to-back 500cc Motocross World Championship titles, adding four further GP victories to his name.