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Christophe Pourcel

Christophe Pourcel rides for Valli Yamaha in the 250 class of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. He grew up in the French city of Marseille, and began his international career in 2004, scoring his first points in the FIM MX2 World Championships. The following year he finished fifth, and he went even better in 2006, winning the championship as part of GPKR Kawasaki.

Defending his title in 2007, he suffered a catastrophic crash at the MXGP in Ireland, which fractured his sacrum and caused partial paralysis. Although he still managed to finish third in the final overall standings, he was ruled out both for the rest of the year and for the entire 2008.

For his comeback in 2009, he moved to the USA to compete for Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit – the season was a triumph with five wins in the eight-round series en route to the Supercross Lites East championship, and an overall second place in 250MX points. He won his second straight SX title the following year, and also won more 250MX motos than any other rider, finishing third overall.

After an aborted attempt to contest the AMA 450MX class in 2011, he competed in the second half of the FIM MX1 Championship, gaining two moto wins, and in 2012 he raced for his own team, CP377, winning GPs in Italy and Brazil. After a year off due to a lacerated spleen, he returned to the USA in 2014, and currently sits in fourth place overall with four rounds of the season remaining.


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