Jean Michele Bayle is French. After winning the world 125 and 250 titles, he came to America. In his first part season, he won some 125 and SX races. Then his first full year in America ('91, I think) he won the Supercross, 250 outdoor and 500 championships on a factory Honda. After one more year of limited success, he retired from MX and went road racing. He eventually was one of the top 10 in the premier, 500cc GP class. Rumor was he was coming back to America this year to race the nationals (he is younger than LaRocco) but changed his mind.
In MXA a while back, they asked some legends who was the fastest guy they ever saw - JMB's name was mentioned more than once.
I read that it was good to go but he got injured and that was the final nail in the coffin so to speak. But as who could have beaten him, i think Smets would, or even Darryl King( pretty much another Kurt Nicol) on the right machine. But going back to JMB's racing, he didnt even make it into the final of a supermotard race in France, and bye the way Fredric Bolley won it.
Hey Kiwi, is that the same Smets that got lapped by Everts (who was riding a 250!) ? As for King, a match for Nicol yes, but they were in a class of their own, I think it was called really really average.
It's that old rule, if you cant hack it in the 250's, go Open. Rob Herring is the same, good, but not good enough.
Bolley is a top bloke, great with the young fans as is bible boy Greg Alby
I dont know the history about Nicol but as for King he is AWESOME, he was the first New Zealander to go across and do it over in the GP's, Nicol only had to cross the channel(isnt that what the peice of water called??), but both the brothers are great, maybe not so the younger one though. And as for both being the same, average. And as for not riding the 250 class cos your not up to par, King has always ridden that class, like Coppins has ridden the 250 class, but he has had it a bit easier with leasing bikes and the lot. And when did Smets get lapped?? As for being beaten by a smaller cc bike, ever thought about the course playing a part, over in oz they have a series called the thumper nats. and at the last round they had 2 straights that were 800 metres long, smoehow if Everts was on that 250 and Smets on a 500 we'd see which one would cross the line first. And if ya didnt know it'll be that 500
In all fareness we're comparing apples with oranges here, i think we all know that when these sort of posts come about. But 07 if JMB was SO great why didnt he win the 500 class?? It is the premier class.