Malherbe 1988

André Malherbe luckless hero to Dakar 1988

I'll Go Malherbe, pilot class 1956 born in Huy in Belgium, as a young man begins to feel the passion of motorcycle transmitted from father motorcycle dealer. At the beginning of their careers ran with the French license because in those days in Belgium you couldn't run in races with age less than 18 years. FORTISSIMO already as a young man, in 17 He was already a European champion 125 with Zundapp, repeating the following year in 1974.

In 1977 World debut cross 250 finishing third. In 1979 change category, arrives in the premier class that turns congenial to his riding style. Debuting is third in the Championship. Subsequently won 3 class World Championships 500 in 1980-81-84 still riding the Honda, and 3 MX of Nations with the Belgian team in the 1977/79/80. Crystal class and driving technique Superfine won 41 GP, 4° in the ranking of all time (in the age of 3 classes).

Unfortunately will stay paralyzed because of a terrible accident during the sixth stage in Algeria to Dakar 1988. He fell while he was running to 150 Km/h on his Yamaha Sonauto. Fate, rumors claim that he was persuaded by friends to race to Dakar.
In my opinion it was one of the strongest crossisiti ever.

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