Jan Hendrickx & Ben Van den Bogaart

2016 FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champion

Jan Hendrickx (Driver) Born on 7 July 1982 in Henrenthals, Belgium
Ben Van den Bogaart (Passenger) Born on 24 September 1989 in Turnhout, Belgium


Jan Hendrickx and Ben Van Den Bogaart were crowned FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champions in unexpected fashion in 2016, bouncing back from a breakdown in the first race of the opening round in the Netherlands to mount a consistent season. The pair's Belgian compatriot Ben Adriaenssen and his Latvian teammate Lauris Daiders put themselves in strong contention after dominating that opening Grand Prix at Oss, maintaining good form in the first half of the season as defending World Champions Etienne and Robbie Bax struggled to make an ambitious new project competitive.

The Baxs’ fellow Dutchmen Daniel Willemsen and Peter Beunk also made a strong start to lead the series after the second event but their challenge was hit by injury, as was that of France's Valentin Giraud and Nicolas Musset, who had moved to the top thanks partly to three straight wins when Giraud hurt his knee in Genk. Adriaenssen was the next to suffer the curse of the leader, when his injury in Kivioli combined with a first victory for Hendrickx and Van den Bogaart, propelling them to the top of the standings. But the curse was broken and the Belgians hung on to finish the season on top. After being a title contender for many years, Hendrickx finally took world laurels!


Jan Hendrickx (Driver): World title 2016
Ben Van den Bogaart (Passenger): World titles 2013, 2014, 2016