Swedish GP star dies
The winner of the 1973 and 1974 125cc Grand Prix World championships Kent Andersson has died at the age of 64.
Swedish rider Andersson was born on August 1, 1942 in Landvetter, starting to race at the age of 19 with a 250cc Monark. He scored his first Grand Prix points in the 250cc class in 1966 riding for Swedish brand Husqvarana, before a move to Yamaha in 1969 and his first GP wins in Germany and Finland took him to the runner-up spot in the championship.
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Andersson was chosen by Yamaha to ride a new 125cc machine in 1972, again finishing as runner-up, before taking five wins and the World championship in 1973, repeating the feat, and the number of race wins in 1974. In total he claimed two world championships, 14 125cc GP wins and 4 250cc GP wins.
Condolences have been presented to Andersson's family and friendson behalf of the FIM by President Francesco Zerbi and CEO Guy Maitre.