The world of motorcycling has been shocked by the news of the death of Finnish Enduro rider Mika Ahola.
Ahola, who reportedly died from injuries sustained during training in Girona, Spain, won five consecutive world Enduro championships from 2007 to 2011, across three different classes (E1, E2 and E3).
Ahola also won the prestigious International Six Days Enduro title on seven occasions as part of Team Finland – and also claimed three individual title at the event.
Ahola, 37, had announced his retirement from off-road racing on January 1st, saying: “I gave it my all, and even though the sport took a lot, it also rewarded me with more than I could have ever imagined when I first started.
“I have fulfilled my ambitions and I feel that it is time to move on and see what else the world has to offer.”
It is a sad news for the Motorbike World and more particularly for the Enduro. Indeed, Mika AHOLA (SF), 5 times World Champion is dead during the night of 15th and 16th January at the Girona Hospital after having a surgery few hours before. Infection or consequences of a wound (internal injuries) occurred during a training 3 weeks ago, the real cause is still undetermined.
Mika AHOLA has unhooked some records this season by winning 5 consecutive World title (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) but also to become the 1st Champion in each 3 classes (E1, E2, E3) and finally to be the oldest rider to become World Champion (37 years old).
Over the years, the Finn rider became an example to follow for all the Enduro fans and mainly a really appreciate guy in the EWC paddocks. Always accompanied by his wife Marika, available, smiling and very close to the public, he was a veritable professional who inspired respect to all…
ABC Com presents his sincere condolences to Mika’s family, to his wife Marika, to his relatives and to all his friends and employees (special thinking to Luca his faithful mechanical) of the team HM Honda with he shared his biggest success…
Mika AHOLA has written one of the most beautiful pages of the Enduro and will really miss to the Enduro family. Rest in Peace Champion, we’ll never forget you!!