November 24th 1943 in Grandrieu, Belgium
age 6, his father who was a motocross and speedway man, built
him his first bike. A 125cc GILLET.
At age 16,
the federation gives Joel a license (normally at 18 years old)
and Joel enters his first race April 10th 1960 with a 250cc
In 1960 Joel
wins his first race at Chimay Belgium.
In 1961, with
an expert license, and a 250 Greeves, Joel has 6 victories and
is 2nd in Belgium Championship.
In 1962, Joel
wins 5 victories with 250 Greeves and is Belgium Champion. He
enters some GP's and finishes 4th in Switzerland, 6th in Great
Britain, 6th in Tchecoslovaquia, 10th in Belgium and 11th in
Deutschland. In the winter he trains and races in England.
In 1963, Joel wins
5 victories and is Belgium Champion. He competes in all 250 GP's
and at the Deutschland GP, tries the CZ for the first time and
makes first contact with the CZ factory. At the end of the
season, the Belgium CZ importer proposes to give Joel a factory
250 CZ for 1964.
In 1964, Joel
starts the season with CZ. He wins 9 GP's and becomes World
Champion at the Finland GP. Joel also wins Belgium Championship.
In 1965, Joel gets
his first factory contract with CZ. Some mechanical problems in
the GP's but wins 3 GP's and gets 2nd behind ARBEKOV in World
Championship and Belgium Champion.
In 1966, contract
with CZ. Wins 4 GP's, second in World Championship behind
HALLMAN and Belgium Champion.
In 1967, contract
with CZ. Wins 5 GP's, second in World Championship behind
HALLMAN and second in Belgium Championship. In October, first in
Trans-Am and first race at Pepperell MA.
In 1968, contract
with CZ. Wins 6 GP's and wins second World Championship. Second
in Belgium Championship. Second in Trans-Am.
In 1969, Contract
with CZ. Wins 6 GP's and wins third World Championship. Second
in Belgium Championship. Third in Trans-Am. At the end of the
year Joel signs his first contract with Suzuki for 1970.
In 1970, contract
with Suzuki, new team, new bike. Wins 4 GP's and wins fourth
World Championship. Wins Belgium Championship. Fourth Trans-Am.
In 1971, contract
with Suzuki. Wins 8 GP's and wins fifth World Championship. Wins
Belgium Championship. Fifth in Trans-Am.
In 1972, contract
with Suzuki. Wins 6 GP's and wins sixth World Championship.
Second in Belgium Championship. Sixth in Trans-Am. During
training of the 500cc GP in Namur Belgium, gets knee injury and
In 1973, contract
with Suzuki. Bad year, many problems with knee and only gets 15
GP points. 18th in World Championship.
In 1974, contract
with Suzuki. More knee problems. 58 GP points and 10th in the
World Championship. Belgium Champion.
In 1975, contract
with Suzuki (last year). 85 GP points and 9th in the World
Championship. Belgium Champion.
In 1976, contract
with Puch. Entered limited GP's. 21 GP points and 19th in World
Championship. Last professional race at an international race in
France with 400 Puch.
More than 250
victories - selections of Motocross des Nations - National Sport
Merit in 1965 - Organize until 2000 the motocross of Jamioulx
(Coupe de L' Avenir) - President of Union du Pays Noir -
Administrator of FMWB -Manager for 10 years of the Belgium
Motocross des nations team with 10 podiums - organize 12 HEURES
DE LA CHINELLE enduro in Philippeville Belgium - organize the
Air Base SUPERMOTO (Air Base Florennes).
See more photos of
Joel in the photo vault.
White, Gary Jones' daughter, Joel Robert, Dave Ekins, Gary
Jones, Brad Lackey, Roger DeCoster, Terry Good and Malcolm
receives the Edison Dye lifetime achievement award