Ake Jonsson

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Ake began to ride motocross in 1961 on a Husqvarna. Due to his excellent stamina, well known agility and efficient riding style, he made progress very fast. In 1964 he become a factory team Husqvarna 250cc rider and started to race in the GP series – his debut was in the Hedemora, Swedish Grand Prix. In 1964 he also won the Swedish champion title, defeating the reigning World champion Torsten Hallman.

1967 Ake switched to the 500cc class. And in 1968 he was close to taking the 500 World Championship title. In the middle of that season Ake had a huge lead in the series, but machine problems and lack of routine placed him an overall third. 1969 he signed with team Maico. The first year with Maico was mostly development work, and the motor broke down several times. 1970 Ake again, had a big chance at the World champion title, but ended third overall once again.

1971 Ake had his best chance to win the World Championship Crown. Going in to the last race with the points lead, leading the final race, the spark plug came loose and out of the cylinder. This freak mishap put Ake in 2nd place for the season.

1973 Ake started the GP series with team Yamaha. But had a difficult time to developing the bike to make it competitive and reliable.

1976 Yamaha decided not to have any factory team, so Ake went back to the Maico bikes and managed to take an eight place in the GP series, despite a broken collarbone in the end of the season.

1978 Ake competed on an Austrian bike with Rotax engine called Kramer, and 1979 he ended his carrier with Husqvarna.

Source; Akejonsson.com


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