Jacky Vimond

FIM Motocross Legend

Born on 18 July 1961 in Saint Tribehou, France

Jacky Vimond becomes an FIM Legend in 2016, exactly three decades on from making history as the first French rider ever to win the FIM Motocross World Championship. Vimond was born into the sport and started riding from the age of ten, together with his brothers Denis and Christian. Spotted as a promising youngster by the great Jean-Claude Olivier, who was quick to sign him up for the legendary Sonauto Yamaha team, Vimond made his first appearance on the world scene in the 125cc class in 1979. He continued in this class for the next four years but, plagued by injuries and health issues, the results were not a true reflection of his talent.

After twice finishing second to Heinz Kinigadner in the 250cc class in 1984 and again by just two points in 1985, 1986 would be Vimond's year, winning eleven out 24 races and seven out of twelve Grands Prix. However, what was supposed to be a celebration in “Le Quartier Latin” in Paris turned into horror. As he was lowered from the ceiling on his Yamaha, the cable came loose and he fell nine meters down and broke his back. Vimond never quite returned to his former level as a rider but proved to have a keen eye for talent himself, coaching the likes of Tortelli, Vuillemin, Demaria, Paulin and Paturel to success.