André Malerbe has died at the age of 66. Former motocross his racer was hospitalized three weeks before him. Malherbe won the world title his three times in his career. His sporting career ended prematurely after a major crash at Paris-Dakar.
For André Malherbe, the 500cc engine was no secret. Our compatriots were world champions in 1980, 1981 and 1984. His Palmares also included three secondary world titles.
Malherbe also won two European titles in the 125cc class and won the Motocross of Nations three times in Belgium (1977, 1979 and 1980). In 1984, he was awarded the National Trophy for Sporting Merit.
A second life after a tragic accident
After 41 Grand Prix victories, André Maluelbe stepped into the legendary Paris-Dakar race.
When Malherbe first joined, it didn’t go well. He fell off his motorcycle and was paralyzed. Thus, his sports career came to an abrupt end.
The 32-year-old has only sensation in his head and neck. Still, his motocross racer didn’t give up. He learned to breathe and communicate again and continued to actively participate in sports as an organizer.