|This is Ake's Trans-AMA bike. The most notible difference between the two bikes is the gas tanks. The larger tank
was necessary for the Grand Prix races, 2 motos of 40 min and 2 laps. In the TRANS-AMA, the race was 3 motos
of 30 min.
|Ake Jonsson's 1972 Maico's
|Featured here are Ake Jonsson’s 1972 Trans AMA Maico and his 1972 GP Maico. Both bikes in
Ake Jonsson began his career in Sweden riding for the Husqvarna Factory Team. Back in
those days, there were no Husqvarna dealers so riders sponsored by Husqvarna dealt directly
Champion’s Bengt Aberg and Torsten Hallman. After finishing third in the 1968 500cc World
Championship, Ake was hired by the Maico Factory Team.
1970 was a tough year for Ake and Maico. Despite the seemingly constant mechanical
problems, Ake managed to once again finish third in the 500cc World Championship. Going into
the final World Championship race in 1971, Ake had a slight lead over Suzuki’s Roger
DeCoster. While leading the race, Ake suffered mechanical issues with his Maico and ultimately
lost the title to DeCoster. Ake went on to dominate in the 1972 Trans-AMA held in the United
States, winning nine straight races and the title!
Ake moved to Team Yamaha in 1973. Mechanical issues kept him from repeating his
performance of 1972. He retired from motocross a few years later.
Ake remains in Sweden today and recently retired from running his very successful Yamaha
|Ake won nine (9) straight races in the 1972 Trans-AMA series aboard this very bike. A true piece of motocross history!
|Koni shocks on the rear....of course!
|Ake's 1972 GP Maico. He placed fourth (4) in the World Championship series
|Ake at his shop.