Jan de Groot, 1945 – 2007
Info via Youthstream
On the morning of Monday 4th of June, Team Manager of Kawasaki
Racing Europe Jan de Groot passed away because of a serious illness
which had hospitalized him for more than a week.
The likeable Dutchmen was one of Team Green’s bastions, as he worked
with Kawasaki since 1994. Jan was born in 1945, and devoted most of his
life to Motocross, working with dedication, humility and enthusiasm.
Once former Motocross rider De Groot entered the business of racing, he
gained soon a well-respected and well-deserved status because of his
technical skills, and his ability to obtain the most from his riders,
by building exceptional human relationships within the team.
Jan’s career as Team Manager was one of the most successful ever seen
in the history of Motocross. He won World Titles with Greg Albertyn,
Stefan Everts, Sebastien Tortelli and Mickael Maschio; De Groot also
worked with some of the most important riders in this era of Motocross,
such as Pit Beirer, Marnicq Bervoets, Talon Vohland, Frederic Bolley,
Steve Ramon and Chad Reed.
His current team was made by Tanel Leok and Billy Mackenzie, the latter
being the fresh winner of the Japanese Grand Prix, which the Scott
dedicated to his team manager Jan de Groot.
Youthstream (and many others) will sorely miss Jan de Groot’s presence
in the paddock, and offers their sincere condolences to his family and
There will be a one minute of silence in Jan’s memory before the first
heat of the French Grand Prix this weekend, to remember one of the men
who gave a great contribution to the sport.