Stefan Everts rewrote the history books by winning all three classes at the final round of the Motocross World Championships in Ernee, France, on Sunday - a feat that will almost certainly never be repeated.

After securing the Motocross GP championship in the Czech Republic two weeks ago -and having entered the record books for winning two classes in one day earlier this year - the super-fit Belgian decided to make a unique attempt at all three Grand Prix classes in one day.

Earlier in the day Everts had won the 125 and Motocross GP races with relative ease, but it was the 650 event which produced some of the best racing of the day.

Riding a machine he hadn't ridden before Saturday's free practice sessions, Everts was forced to battle wheel-to-wheel with KTM riders Joel Smets and Javier Garcia Vico. Such was the pace that all three riders made mistakes in the heat of the battle and fell, but Everts was able to recover from his small crash to take the never-to-be-repeated historic treble.

"What a day. A great day but really, really tough!" he beamed. "I knew that because of the changes in the championship (the 650cc class is being dropped next year) this would be my last chance to attempt three classes in one day, but even if that wasn't the case I would never try it again - it has been so physically demanding.

"I don't really know what to say because the results say more than I ever could," said the overwhelmed Belgian legend. "Looking back the 650 was the toughest race of the day. I had a good battle with Garcia Vico but had a small crash and that let him through. I sat behind him for a few laps to recover - I thought to myself maybe he would get tired! - before repassing. The whole day has been really exciting and sincerely I have to thank all my team for their hard work this season. I couldn't do it without them."

"Unbelievable! It has been an amazing day and a great way to end a brilliant season for Yamaha," added Laurens Klein Koerkamp, manager of Yamaha's european racing operations. "Words cannot really describe how we are all feeling today, but I do know that if Stefan asks to enter a sidecar Grand Prix next year then my answer is definitely no!"

The three victories at Ernee take Everts' total number of GP wins to an unprecedented 72 which, ironically, is also his famous race number, chosen because he was born in 1972.

 

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