Everts takes final victory

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Stefan Everts ended his record-breaking career in World Motocross with his fourteenth overall win in the 15-round 2006 season at Ernee in France on September 17, 2006, marking the end of an era in motocross.

The 33-year-old 2006 champion and 10-time champion in 125, 250, 500, MXGP and M1 classes took his 101st career victory with wins in both motos, dominating Jonathan Barragan and Kevin Strijbos in race one, and Josh Coppins and Tanel Leok in race two.

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The Belgian MX legend rode his YZF450FM adorned with a special chequered flag design inscribed with his 100 GP victories, as well as a set of white Pirelli tyres, and wore new white Acerbis gear with large sections of gold to mark his status as the king of MX.

Everts will now captain Team Belgium at Matterley Basin for the Motocross of Nations, as his last major international event.

"I reall wanted to enjoy this day and try to capture a lot of things I can remember later. To go into a retirement with a victory is wonderful," said Everts. "Just before the second race I was getting emotional when the 15 second board went up. I said to myself for the last time I am going to go for it and enjoy it. It has been a great year and an awesome ride."

In the MX2 class, Antonio Cairoli took two moto wins at Ernee, but itwasn't enough to take the championship, with Christophe Pourcel taking the 2006 MX2 championship with 581 points to Cairoli's 653. Top Brith at the end of the season was Carl Nunn, who finished sixth for KTM, with Tommy Searle eighth, and Billy Mackenzie ninth.

MX1 final standings:

1. Everts 739

2. Strijbos 529

3. Ramon483

4. De Dycker 463

5. Leok 443

10 Noble 226

13 Crockard 173

MX2 final standings:

1. Pourcel 581.

2. Cairoli 563

3. Philippaerts 480

4 Rattray 475

5 De Reuver 408

6 Nunn 377

8 Searle 315

9. Mackenzie 302.

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By MCN Staff