HE WASN’T BAD IN HIS GP DAYS EI­THER!

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Van den Goor­bergh’s world cham­pi­onship rac­ing ca­reer spanned 15 years rac­ing in 250GP, 500GPS, Mo­togp plus a two-year stint in World Su­pers­port. These are his per­sonal high­lights:

Assen 2000 – 13th to 1st in one lap on a TSR Honda V-twin

“The track was half wet and half dry. I started in 13th and by the end of the fi­first lap I was in the lead. The crowd were go­ing crazy. But the track dried and I could not stay there – it’s a shame the rain stayed away that day!”

Barcelona and Brno 1999 – pole po­si­tion on the MUZ 500

“The bike was very fast and these laps were not im­pos­si­ble, but they were only just pos­si­ble! I was on the very edge at a time when there was no trac­tion con­trol. The other rid­ers could not be­lieve what I was do­ing.”

China 2005 – 6th on the Kon­ica Mi­nolta Honda RCV

“The cra­zi­est bike I ever rode. I was a re­place­ment for Ta­mada who was in­jured, and the fi­first time I leftft the pits on it, the hit was un­like any­thing I’d ever rid­den. It went from zero to 200mph just like that, but it had no trac­tion con­trol. I rode that bike to sixth in the rain in China fi­first time out.”

Former 500GP rider van den Goor­bergh drifted his way to 2016 Dakar glory The Dutch­man put the MZ on pole not once but twice in 1999

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