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Old 02-08-2005, 08:48 AM   #1
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Cry Gaston Rahier Dead

The Belgian press (De Standaard) are reporting that Gaston Rahier died in Paris this morning (Tuesday 8th Feb 05), of cancer.
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Old 02-08-2005, 09:00 AM   #2
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Oh, Jeebus. That's bad news.
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Old 02-08-2005, 09:25 AM   #3
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Old 02-08-2005, 10:02 AM   #4
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Old 02-08-2005, 10:14 AM   #5
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Jeesh- what a year. He's the original- the man that's ultimately responsible for the ride a lof of us ride. This just totally sucks. I got hooked on GS's because of this guy- and on the Dakar as well. RIP Gaston- ride on.
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:35 PM   #6
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P-D BMW rider?

Wasn't Rahier a world MX champ for Suz back in the early RM days?
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:56 PM   #7
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So many of our stars gone from the sky.

May God bless their families, and may their respective countries remember them as the role models and athletic heros they were.

Rest in peace Mr. Rahier.
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Old 02-09-2005, 06:57 PM   #8
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You know that BMW commercial on TV with the guy splashing through a water hole? They show a closeup of the guys eyes in his helmet and I always thought it was Gaston. Anyone know if this is the case?
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Old 02-09-2005, 07:07 PM   #9
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Wasn't Rahier a world MX champ for Suz back in the early RM days?
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"Belgian rider Gaston Rahier, 125cc Motocross World Champion in 1975, 1976 and 1977, passed away from cancer yesterday in Paris, France, at the age of 58.

Gaston Rahier scored his first World Championship point in the 500cc class in 1968. He then concentrated on the 250cc class and won his first Grand Prix in 1974. In 1975, he participated in the first ever 125cc Motocross World Championship and clinched the title with 8 wins. He successfully defended his title in 1976 and in 1977, with respectively 8 and 7 Grand Prix victories. Then he finished 2nd in 1978, 3rd in 1979, 9th in 1980 and 7th in 1981. He still holds the record of 29 Grand Prix victories in the 125cc class.

In 1982, his motocross career came to an abrupt end because of a terrible accident in which he almost lost a hand. He recovered, and how! In 1983, he participated for the first time in the demanding Paris-Dakar Rally but did not finish because of a mechanical breakdown when leading the event. He returned in 1984 and dominated, becoming the first non-French rider to claim victory.

He repeated this feat again in 1985. His Paris-Dakar and Pharahos Rally victories (1984. 1985, 1988), his professional approach towards Rallies and his open personality made him a celebrity, known not only by fans and supporters of the motorcycle sport but also by a much wider general public. He made a tremendous contribution towards making Rally racing a more widely popular sport.

As a member of the Belgian Motocross Team, he also won the Trophy (1974, 1975, 1976, 1978) and Motocross of Nations (1976).

The premature passing away of Gaston Rahier represents a great loss for the motorcycling fraternity. On behalf of the FIM, President Zerbi and CEO Guy Maitre present their sincere condolences to his family and many friends."


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Old 02-09-2005, 07:09 PM   #10
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Jeebus....this has been a really rough few months for ridin' heroes.

Godspeed, Gaston.

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Old 02-10-2005, 01:19 AM   #11
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Old 02-11-2005, 09:33 AM   #12
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Regardless of his MX achievements, to me his name will forever be linked to the Paris Dakar Rally and his success there.

As a teenager in the 80s I became enthralled with the race and him on the BMW GS. While my friends wanted 944s and Mustangs I wanted his GS.

I wasn't as aware of his other successes.

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Old 02-11-2005, 09:49 AM   #13
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Nope.....

Quote:
Originally Posted by MotoMike
You know that BMW commercial on TV with the guy splashing through a water hole? They show a closeup of the guys eyes in his helmet and I always thought it was Gaston. Anyone know if this is the case?
that guy is Knud's assistant from Maxmoto(Remus importer) out of SanFran I have met him few times too bad cant remember his name in the moment. I would say only similarity is muctache and the height.
Gaston was reason for me to get into GS world too.....
I love the fact back than,he was such a little guy and could smack anyone(didnt hurt havin the best bike either I guess)
RIP

Ps. Anyone knows how he die?
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Old 02-11-2005, 02:29 PM   #14
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Max,

I believe I read in a French news release that he had succumbed to cancer. He was 58.

He was indeed one of the heroes of my youth.
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Old 02-11-2005, 04:05 PM   #15
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that guy is Knud's assistant from Maxmoto(Remus importer) out of SanFran I have met him few times too bad cant remember his name in the moment. I would say only similarity is muctache and the height.
Gaston was reason for me to get into GS world too.....
I love the fact back than,he was such a little guy and could smack anyone(didnt hurt havin the best bike either I guess)
RIP

Ps. Anyone knows how he die?
The giuy in the BMW add is Helli Kornton from Maxmoto in San Francisco.
Gaston finally lost his long-time battle with skin cancer.
It's a sad loss indeed.
He was one of the big reasons I was attracted to the BMW brand and to the GS way.
Godspeed Gaston.

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