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Belgian former motocross world champion André Malherbe has passed away

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Former motocross racer André Malherbe, who was crowned 500cc world champion in 1980, 1981 and 1984, has died aged 66 after being hospitalized three weeks ago. RTBF reports this and was confirmed to Belga by Christian Dejasse of the Belgian Motorcyclists Union (BMB).

Martin DelvauxBron: BELGIAN

Malherbe, who also became vice world champion three times in the 500cc, also won two European titles in the 125cc and won the Motocross of Nations three times with Belgium (1977, 1979 and 1980). In 1984 he was awarded the National Trophy for Sports Merit. In total Malherbe won no less than 41 Grand Prixs.

In his first participation in the Paris-Dakar in 1988, Malherbe suffered a serious fall with his motorcycle, which left him paralyzed. His sports career came to an abrupt end.

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