Samuli Aro

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Aro at the final round of the 2010 Finnish Enduro Championship.
Aro riding his KTM bike.

Samuli Aro (born 12 April 1975 in Järvenpää) is a Finnish enduro rider. He is a five-time World Enduro Champion and has also won the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) World Trophy with Team Finland five times.

Aro debuted in the World Enduro Championship in 1998, and took his first world title in 2002 with Husqvarna in the 250 cc class. After moving to KTM for the 2003 season, he placed second in the championship behind Honda's Stefan Merriman. He went on to win the World Enduro Championship three times in a row; in 2004 in the Enduro 3 class, and in 2005 and 2006 in the Enduro 2 class.[1] In the 2008 season, after a second place to Honda rider Mika Ahola in 2007, Aro became one of the few enduro riders to win five world championship titles. He retired from the world championship after the 2009 season, during which he placed fourth in the standings.[2]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Class Team Wins Final placing
1998 World Enduro Championship 125 cc Yamaha 0 19th
1999 World Enduro Championship 125 cc Yamaha 0 9th
2000 World Enduro Championship 250 cc Yamaha 0 8th
2001 World Enduro Championship 250 cc Husqvarna 3 3rd
2002 World Enduro Championship 250 cc Husqvarna 11 1st
2003 World Enduro Championship 250 cc KTM 5 2nd
2004 World Enduro Championship E3 KTM 11 1st
2005 World Enduro Championship E2 KTM 5 1st
2006 World Enduro Championship E2 KTM 6 1st
2007 World Enduro Championship E2 KTM 2 2nd
2008 World Enduro Championship E3 KTM 5 1st
2009 World Enduro Championship E3 KTM 0 4th

ISDE[edit]

Season Location Class Team Final placing
1999 Portugal Coimbra, Portugal World Trophy Finland 1st
2000 Spain Granada, Spain World Trophy Finland 18th
2001 France Brive-la-Gaillarde, France World Trophy Finland 16th
2002 Czech Republic Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic World Trophy Finland 1st
2003 Brazil Fortaleza, Brazil World Trophy Finland 1st
2004 Poland Kielce, Poland World Trophy Finland 1st
2005 Slovakia Považská Bystrica, Slovakia World Trophy Finland 2nd
2006 New Zealand Taupo, New Zealand World Trophy Finland 1st
2009 Portugal Figueira da Foz, Portugal World Trophy Finland 3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samuli Aro varmisti enduron maailmanmestaruuden". MTV3 (in Finnish). 23 September 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "Samuli Aro: Ura on nyt loppu!". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 13 September 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 

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