Top enduro rider dies in Spain

2012-01-17 12:00

HELSINKI, Finland - Mika Ahola, five-times and current motorcycle Enduro World champion and ace stunt rider, died at the weekend in hospital in Barcelona, Spain.

The announcement came from the Finnish Motor Sport Association after reports that the 37-year-old had died of injuries suffered during training.


Finnish public broadcaster YLE, however, reported that Ahola, who had announced his intended retirement from enduro racing on January 1, died on Sunday evening in Barcelona, Spain, while being treated for internal injuries apparently sustained during casual training in Girona, Spain a few weeks ago.

Ahola was also a seven-times winner of the International Six-Day Enduro world trophy with the Finnish team.

Enduro is a form of motorcycle sport run predominantly off-road. The World Enduro championship has a number of stages raced against the clock in a time trial.