Victor Arbekov

Victor Arbekov was a Russian Grand Prix motocross racer. He competed in the Motocross World Championships from 1963 to 1969. Victor Arbekov is notable for being the first Soviet competitor to win an FIM motocross world championship.

He was born 8 March 1942 in Podolsk, a city in Moscow Oblast. He first sat on a motorcycle when he was 10 years old. He began his career in Podolsk automotoclub DOSAAF, and at 14 years old for the first time participated in a race, just three years later in 1959 he became the Champion of the USSR in the class of 125 on a home-built machine.

He worked as a mechanic and his first top category race was in the 1963 Russian 250 cc Motocross Grand Prix.

In 1964, Arbekov finished the 250cc motocross world championship in third place behind Joël Robert (Belgium) and Torsten Hallman (Sweden). The following year, he defeated Robert to win the 1965 FIM 250cc motocross world championship, on a CZ motorcycle.

He also won 14 USSR motocross championships, and won 10 GPs, 9 in the 250 class and one in the 500 class.

Victor Arbekov died on 18 February 2017 at the age of 74.

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