Kent Andersson (motorcyclist)

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Kent Andersson
Kent Andersson (1973) cropped.jpg
Andersson in 1973 with a 125 Yamaha
Nationality Swedish
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years19661975
First race1966 250cc Finnish Grand Prix
Last race1975 125cc Yugoslavian Grand Prix
First win1969 250cc West German Grand Prix
Last win1975 125cc French Grand Prix
Team(s)Yamaha
Championships125cc - 1973, 1974
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
90 18 53 4 9

Kent Andersson (August 1, 1942 – August 29, 2006) was a Swedish professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.[1] He was a two-time 125cc World Champion.[2] Andersson was notable for being the only Swedish rider to win an FIM road racing world championship.[3][4]

Motorcycle racing career[edit]

Born in Landvetter, Sweden, Andersson rode in his first national championship races at the age of 19 in Sweden and Denmark on a Monark in the 250 cc class.[5][6] He then rode a 250 cc Bultaco for the 1962 season.[5] He proved himself to be a capable competitor.[4]

After winning the 250cc Swedish national championship in 1965, Andersson moved up to the world championships competing with Husqvarna bikes that he modified himself.[4][5] He bought a Yamaha 250 cc production racer and began posting solid results. In 1969 he finished second in the 250 championship after a season-long battle with Santiago Herrero and eventual champion Kel Carruthers.[2] These impressive results earned him a place on the Yamaha factory 250 cc racing team as Rod Gould's teammate for the 1970 season, in which he finished third.[3][not in citation given]

Yamaha chose Andersson to help develop their TA125 racebike for the 1971 season.[7] He went on to finish second in the 1972 on the water-cooled development model designated YZ623C, and claim the 1973 125cc World Championship.[2][7] In 1974, he successfully defended his title by winning five races along with two second-place finishes.[2]

Andersson retired after finishing 3rd in the 1975 season and took a position at Yamaha Europe's Developing and Constructing Department.[8] Among other projects, Andersson had an important role in developing the three-cylinder 350 cc bike that Takazumi Katayama rode to win the 350cc road racing world championship in 1977.[8][9] Andersson continued racing in his later years just for fun at an amateur level in Sweden, but did so well that he won the Supermono National Championship in 1995 at the age of 53.[3] He was a successful member of Ferry Brouwer's Dutch Yamaha Classic Racing Team. He often participated in classic exhibition races all over Europe.[6] Andersson sometimes served as expert Road Racing commentator for Swedish Eurosport. Andersson died in August 2006 in Landvetter at the age of 64.[6]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing results[edit]

Points system from 1950 to 1968:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1969 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points Rank Wins
1966 250cc Husqvarna ESP
5
GER
-
FRA
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
6
ULS
-
IOM
-
NAT
-
JPN
6
4 20th 0
350cc Husqvarna GER
-
FRA
-
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
IOM
-
NAT
-
JPN
6
1 25th 0
1968 125cc MZ GER
5
ESP
-
IOM
-
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
2 17th 0
250cc Yamaha GER
3
ESP
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
6
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
6
NAT
-
6 8th 0
1969 125cc Maico ESP
2
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
2
BEL
4
DDR
7
CZE
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
YUG
-
36 4th 0
250cc Yamaha ESP
2
GER
1
FRA
3
IOM
-
NED
7
BEL
4
DDR
4
CZE
7
FIN
1
ULS
2
NAT
3
YUG
3
84 2nd 2
1970 250cc Yamaha GER
-
FRA
-
YUG
2
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
5
DDR
3
CZE
2
FIN
2
ULS
-
NAT
-
ESP
1
67 3rd 1
350cc Yamaha GER
-
YUG
-
IOM
-
NED
5
DDR
5
CZE
3
FIN
2
ULS
-
NAT
-
ESP
3
44 4th 0
1971 125cc Yamaha AUT
-
GER
3
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
SWE
3
FIN
-
NAT
7
ESP
5
30 9th 0
250cc Yamaha AUT
4
GER
5
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
14 14th 0
1972 50cc Kreidler GER
-
NAT
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
SWE
-
ESP
3
10 12th 0
125cc Yamaha GER
5
FRA
-
AUT
3
NAT
-
IOM
-
YUG
1
NED
-
BEL
3
DDR
3
CZE
3
SWE
2
FIN
1
ESP
1
87 2nd 3
250cc Yamaha GER
-
FRA
-
AUT
-
NAT
-
IOM
-
YUG
3
NED
-
BEL
7
DDR
5
CZE
10
SWE
4
FIN
3
ESP
-
39 7th 0
1973 125cc Yamaha FRA
1
AUT
1
GER
1
NAT
1
IOM
-
YUG
1
NED
-
BEL
-
CZE
-
SWE
2
FIN
2
ESP
-
99 1st 5
350cc Yamaha FRA
5
AUT
7
GER
-
NAT
3
IOM
-
YUG
4
NED
6
CZE
-
SWE
-
FIN
6
ESP
-
38 6th 0
1974 125cc Yamaha FRA
1
GER
-
AUT
1
NAT
2
NED
3
BEL
2
SWE
1
CZE
1
YUG
1
ESP
4
87 1st 5
250cc Yamaha GER
-
NAT
5
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
FIN
4
CZE
6
YUG
-
ESP
-
34 8th 0
1975 125cc Yamaha FRA
1
ESP
2
AUT
4
GER
3
NAT
-
NED
-
BEL
3
SWE
4
CZE
2
YUG
4
67 3rd 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kent Andersson profile". yamaha-motor.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Kent Andersson career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kent Andersson 2". yamaha-racing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Kent Andersson bio". classicyams.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  5. ^ a b c "Former rider Kent Andersson passes away". motogp.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  6. ^ a b c "Kent Andersson". yamaha-racing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  7. ^ a b Yamaha YZ623C 125cc Racing Motorcycle Bonhams, Retrieved 20 November 2015
  8. ^ a b "Lot 355: Yamaha YSK3 Sankito 350cc Racing Motorcycle". motorbase.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  9. ^ "World Champion in its Debut Year!: Yamaha 350 Triple" (PDF). davestestsandarticles.weebly.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21.