French rider Christophe Pourcel is most famous for winning the 2006 FIM MX2 World Motocross Championships, the third youngest rider ever to win the title. However, while attempting to defend his title the following year, he suffered a catastrophic crash at the MXGP in Ireland, fracturing his sacrum and causing partial paralysis, and the injury ruled him out of competition until early 2009.
In 2011, he competed in the FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship for the first time, gaining two moto wins. The following year, this time racing with his newly created CP377 team, he finished multiple times on the podium, and won two GPs in Italy and Brazil. However, an injury picked up in a crash during qualifying for the GP in Great Britain left him in fourth place overall.
Born in Marseille, Chris is now based in Groveland, Florida. He began his career in international motocross racing in 2004 and he was soon experiencing success in the French Elite Championship for MX2 and the French Supercross series.
He has had some traumatic moments in his career but his recent performances in MX1 suggest he has the determination and willpower to win titles once again. After suffering paralysis below the waist for eight months following the Ireland crash, and not knowing whether he would ever be able to ride a bike again, he says he is feeling as fit as he has ever done: “Right now, I feel good on the bike. I’m not too strong, and not too weak.”
- Age: 25
- Height: 1.72m
- Weight: 64kg
- Nationality: France