They are a part of the story. Older folks might keep in mind it. There was Georges Monneret, mentioned JoJo the Motorcycle , the man with 499 victories and 183 world data. Or the Belgian champion August Goffin, 400 races to his credit score in his nation and all through Europe. But above all the native hero, the Vésulien Jacques Collot, 9 occasions champion of France 350 and 500 cm³.
After the Liberation, the three champions clashed particularly throughout a speed competitors organized by the very younger Moto membership Haut-Saônois (MCHS) in the streets, south of the metropolis. The pilots left the “tobacconists” to move in direction of Navenne taking rue Jean-Jaurès, boulevard de Besançon, rue Pierre-Curie… for two.329 km at full speed in an city setting.
Straw and wood boundaries
The journey continued in 1952 on a brand new 4 km route established in Les Rêpes, this time north of Vesoul, in an space which was nonetheless principally fields, meadows and orchards. The runners set off from the Transmarchement, handed in direction of the Robert farm which has now disappeared (present roundabout on the street to Saint-Loup), joined Pontarcher, even reaching the street to Paris (RN19).
“The current road to Pontarcher had very few houses and its route offered beautiful straight lines punctuated by turns”, report Daniel Sassi and Gilles Gardiennet, authors of the e book. Les Rêpes, a village inside the metropolis : “Many spectators (the newspapers put forward the figure of 30,000!) gathered behind the wooden barriers and the straw bales which thus served as very fragile protections against the power of the racing cars”.
A flip with the Sabot
The circuit was deserted in 1957 in favor of the Quincey circuit, 2.9 km lengthy, positioned on the Villersexel street, on the outdated Chemin des Batteries. In 1961, safety and organizational constraints marked the finish of an period.
But in the meantime, and in parallel with the speed actions, the MCHS Vesoul had taken one other flip by creating the Sabot circuit in Frotey-lès-Vesoul in 1950. Today, the website is one among 12 homologated in France to host worldwide motocross races.
Sources: Les Rêpes, a village inside the metropolis, by Daniel Sassi and Gilles Gardiennet; L’Est Républicain archives.