Bill Nilsson

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Bill Nilsson
Bill Nilsson.jpg
Bill Nilsson in 1958 on a Crescent
Nationality Swedish
Born (1932-12-17)17 December 1932
Hallstavik, Sweden
Died 25 August 2013(2013-08-25) (aged 80)
Motocross career
Years active 1957 - 1967
Teams BSA, AJS, Husqvarna
Championships 500cc - 1957, 1960
Wins 18

Bill Nilsson (17 December 1932 – 25 August 2013) was a Swedish professional motocross racer.[1]

Motorcycle racing career[edit]

Nilsson was born in Hallstavik, Sweden.[2] In the 1955 European motocross championship, Nilsson finished in second place, one point behind his BSA teammate John Draper.[3] Nilsson converted an AJS 7R road racing machine into a motocross bike and rode it to win the inaugural F.I.M. 500cc Motocross World Championship held in 1957.[1][4] He finished second to René Baeten in the 1958 world championship and second to Sten Lundin in the 1959 world championship before repeating as 500cc motocross world champion in 1960 riding a Husqvarna.[1][5][6][7][8] In 1955, 1958 and 1961, he was a member of the Swedish teams that won the Motocross des Nations.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "GODSPEED! BILL NILSSON (1932-2013)". motocrossactionmag.com. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Hillbilly Nilsson". husqvarna-motorcycles.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 
  3. ^ "1955 500cc European motocross championship results". memotocross.fr. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "1957 500cc motocross world championship results". memotocross.fr. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "1958 500cc motocross world championship results". memotocross.fr. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "1959 500cc motocross world championship results". memotocross.fr. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "1960 500cc motocross world championship results". memotocross.fr. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bill Nilsson career profile". bestsports.com. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 

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