Victor Arbekov, the 1965 250cc Motocross World Champion, passed away on the early morning of February, 18 at the age of 74.
FIM Europe received the sad news as well as the text below from the Motorcycle Federation of Russia.
“Victor Arbekov, honored master of sports, honored coach of the USSR, the First USSR Motocross World champion. At the age of 17 he won the USSR championship in the 125 cc. Next year he repeated his success. At the age of 19, being already master of sports and a famous motocross rider, he was drafted into the army; he was in the CSKA team.
From 1961 to 1968 he was a member of the USSR team. In 1965 on a motorcycle CZ-250 Victor Arbekov won the gold medal of the World Championship and became the first Russian rider, who won the title of World Champion. Then his main competitor, the Belgian Joel Robert, as a sign of admiration for the talent of the opponent raised Arbekov and carried him to the pedestal on hand.
From 1964 to 1978 Arbekov was the instructor of CSKA team. From 1978 to 1984 – coach of CSKA motocross team. The chief command of the army, from 1984 to 1991 – head coach of the Armed Forces. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992.
It’s hard to describe how the whole motorcycle community empathizes with this loss. We will always remember him!”