Rolf Tibblin (left) and Mickey Quade at Camalu, Mexico, in the 1972 Baja 1000.
|Born||7 May 1937 (age 77)
|Years active||1950s - 1960s|
|Championships||500cc- 1962, 1963|
Rolf Tibblin (born 7 May 1937, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a former world champion motocross racer. He was one of the top riders in the Motocross Grand Prix World Championships during the 1960s. Tibblin is remembered as one of the more physically fit motocross racers of his era.
In 1959, Tibblin won the 250cc European Motocross Championship while racing for the Husqvarna factory racing team. In 1961 and 1962, he was a member of the victorious Swedish teams at the Motocross des Nations. He went on to capture the F.I.M. 500cc Motocross World Champion in 1962 and 1963. He finished second to Jeff Smith in the 1964 world championship, before switching to the ČZ team for the 1965 season. He finished third in the 1965 championship behind Jeff Smith and Paul Friedrichs. In the 1966 season, he came in second behind Friedrichs.
Tibblin also raced in the 1972 Baja 1000 off road race with Gunnar Nilsson, in which they won the motorcycle division. After retiring from professional competition, Tibblin ran the "Husqvarna International Training Center"; a motocross school in Carlsbad, California during the mid-1970s as the sport enjoyed a boom in popularity. In 2008, he was inducted into the A.M.A. Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
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