Steven Lenoir 1991 – 2017
Steven Lenoir died on Monday, June 5, after crashing at a French Internatianal motocross race at Cassel in his native France. He was 25.
Steven Lenoir first shot to fame at an international level after claiming the EMX250 title in 2010. The series, which acts as a proving ground for rising stars, was hotly contested that year, as Lenoir duked it out with stars like Valentin Guillod and Julien Lieber. ‘685’ won five motos across the season and eventually established an incredible advantage of fifty points.
It was after that that Lenoir first arrived in Britain, as he landed a deal with the Samsung Yamaha team in 2012. Four moto podiums were acquired in his maiden season in the Maxxis British Championship and then in the years that followed he emerged as a title contender. Lenoir claimed the prestigious MX2 title in the Maxxis British Championship in 2015, following an incredible season with the Dyer and Butler KTM team that included seventeen finishes inside of the top three. A championship in the Michelin MX Nationals was also captured that season.
An MX1 title was the next achievement that Lenoir was closing in on, as he was just four points out of the series lead in the Maxxis British Championship. Consistency was once again his greatest strength through the first four rounds of this year; he did not drop out of the top five at all.
Steven Lenoir won the hearts of everyone within the paddock with his smooth style, easy-going nature and fierce work ethic both in the United Kingdom and MXGP, and achieved what most can only dream of in his illustrious career. A substantial hole will be left in the paddock from this day on.
Now we need your help to support Steven’s family in their time of need as they come to terms with this dreadful tragedy.
Beautifully written by: Sean Lawless and MX Vice
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