World Motocross Champion Mickael Pichon in Australia

World Motocross Champion Mickael Pichon in Australia

World Motocross Champ Mickaël Pichon in Australia

1993 World MX 125 GP at Manimup Mickael Pichon France
1993 World MX 125 GP at Manimup - Startt

Photos:  17-year-old Frenchman Mickaël Pichon on the startline for the 1993 World 125cc Motocross Grand Prix at Manjimup, WA  (By Peter Kitchingman)

Tribute to world motocross legend Mickaël Pichon, who raced in Australia in 1993

French motocross and supercross legend Mickaël Pichon was born on 13 February 1976 in Les Mans, the home of the famous race car circuit.

In 1993, Pichon – the 2001 and 2002 World 250cc Motocross Champion – contested the 125cc Motocross Grand Prix at the Cosy Creek Circuit at Manjimup in Western Australia. After successfully hosting the World Motocross des Nations the year before, Australia won the rights to host the final round of the World 125cc Championships – the first ever outside Europe.

Pichon first started racing the World 125cc Championships at 16, showing immense talent early. On 29 August 1993, he finished fourth overall at the Manjimup Grand Prix aboard a Honda with a 3-5-DNF result – behind Italian Andrea Bartolini (Honda), the newly crowned World Champion Pedro Tragter from the Netherlands, and this country’s first ever world motocross champion Dave Strijbos (Honda).

In his first Grand Prix season, Pichon was fourth overall in his first World Championship, contesting three AMA 125 Supercross races in the United States earlier in the year.

After injuring himself in 1994 – the year US rider Bobby Moore absolutely dominated the World 125cc Championship – Pichon moved to America and competed in the AMA Motocross Championships from 1995 to 1999. During that time Pichon twice won the AMA 125 ESX Championship, in 1995 and 1996. He also twice finished fourth overall in the outdoor AMA 250 Motocross class in 1997 and 1998.

Pichon returned home to France and competed in the World Motocross Championships from 2000 to 2009. Riding for the Sylvain Geboers Suzuki team, Pichon won the 250cc class in 2001 (winning 10 of the 14 Grand Prix races) and in 2002 (winning 11 out of 12). His 38 career Grand Prix victories ranks him fifth overall among motocross world championship competitors.

In 2004 and 2005, Pichon represented his country at the World Motocross des Nations. France was third overall at Lierop in The Netherlands in 2004, with Pichon winning the open class. Then in his home country at Ernee the following year, France finished second and he was third overall in the MX1 class.

Later in his racing career, Pichon went to Honda in 2004 and KTM in 2006. While racing for KTM, Pichon became ill with glandular fever. After a break from motocross, he competed in the French Enduro Championship and competed in the Le Touquet beach race.

In 2010 Pichon made a brief comeback to Motocross Grand Prix racing, winning the French round of the MX3-GP World Championship.

Videos - Mickael Pichon career highlights

Sports Mania – Mickael Pichon Biography

WD840 MX Highlights – Mickael Pichon vs Stefan Everts – 2003 MXGP

MXGPTV – 2004 Motocross des Nations, Lierop, The Netherlands

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