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Dust, rain, mud, drama - 1989 promised a mouth-watering battle between a stellar line-up of world champions and hard charging challengers.
Reigning 500cc World Champion Eric Geboers, former title-holders Dave Thorpe and Georges Jobe, plus rising stars Kurt Nicoll and Jeff Leisk, were ready for what promised to be a truly unforgettable year of MX action.
While Australian Leisk, in his first full 500cc season, and Dirk Geukens shared the wins at the opening round, old-hands Geboers and Thorpe soon took control to dominate every race at the next three rounds. After four events it was honours even, the pair sharing the championship lead with equal points.
Kees van der Ven was the in-form man during the middle of the season, taking wins in Scandinavia to bring himself onto the tail of the title chase, behind Brit Nicoll and Leisk. However, after seven rounds, it was Geboers who held the lead, almost 30 points ahead of Thorpe.
The British star fought back to claim four wins from the next six races, including double victory at his home round. The slim chances of Geboers retaining his world title disappeared at the penultimate round, as Thorpe took both wins and his third 500cc World Championship.
This is the story of a dramatic season featuring incredible race action, fascinating interviews and all the mud-spitting, high-jumping, bike-smashing moments of an amazing year.
Features action from Holland, France, Italy, Finland, San Remo, Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Motocross World Championship 1989 is part of a collectable set of classic MX World Championship reviews.
Fresh battle lines were drawn as the stars gathered for the opening round of what promised to be one of the most exciting Motocross 500cc World Championship seasons ever.
So many big names had so much to prove as the 1990 championship got under way. Britain's Dave Thorpe had moved to Kawasaki from Honda, where he had won three world crowns, fellow Brit Kurt Nicoll, now with KTM, was determined to mount a real championship bid, Eric Geboers was out to win back the title he lost to Thorpe the previous year and Jeff Leisk was ready to deliver on the promise of 1989.
However, it was rising American star Billy Liles who dominated both races at the opening round in Holland. While Thorpe battled his way back into contention with double victory in Austria, it was Liles, with four wins under his belt, that led the championship heading into the Italian round.
Then disaster struck - a heavy fall on the treacherous Italian circuit left Liles nursing a broken leg and unable to defend his championship lead.
Belgian Geboers rose to the challenge and, with seven rounds down, the only man to win 125cc, 250cc and 500cc MX titles held a dominant lead in the chase for the 1990 world crown. As the final races of the 12-round championship were contested, Geboers held his nerve - despite the hard charging of rivals Thorpe, Dirk Geukens, Jacky Martens and a new British star, teenager Paul Mallin.
On home ground, with two rounds to spare, Geboers took victory and his second 500cc World Championship title - an amazing performance from one of the true stars of the sport. Enjoy all the incredible action as the story of a dramatic motocross season unfolds, with spectacular highs and dramatic lows from an unforgettable year of mud-spitting racing in stunning, digitally remaster and re-edited footage. We're on INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/2evtvsg
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