Belgian Jeremy Van Horebeek is part of the Yamaha Factory Racing team in the MXGP class of the FIM Motocross World Championship. After a year as a privateer on a Honda in 2005, when he finished 21st in the UEM European Motocross Championship 125cc class, he made his GP debut in the MX2 race at Namur, Belgium the following year.
Riding for the Champ KTM team, he finished eighth overall in the World Championship in 2008, and, the following year, again riding a KTM, he won his first, and to so far only, GP – the GP of Catalunya in Bellpuig. His career in the MX2 class culminated in 2012, when he finished third overall, finishing in the top three in 20 of the 32 motos that year.
Having reached the age ceiling of 23 for MX2, he made the switch to MX1 in 2013 – he finished seventh overall for the Kawasaki Racing Team, and was a persistent fixture in the top five, coming close to a maiden MX1 podium on a number of occasions. His excellence was enough to persuade Yamaha that he was the man to lead development of the new YZ450F in 2014.
JVH was born on 28th November 1989 in Eigenbrakel, and has developed into a versatile and smooth rider, and a worthy successor to Belgian legends such as Geboers, Smets and Evert. Away from the World Championship, he has also performed well at the FIM Motocross of Nations – after a series of near misses, he finally claimed victory in 2013 in Germany.