Mika Ahola monument unveiled in Hämeenlinna, site of Finland’s famous 1996 International Six Days Enduro victory.

 

A monument commemorating enduro legend and five times World Enduro Champion, Mika Ahola has been unveiled at the site of the famous Finnish ISDE team 1996 victory in Hämeenlinna. 

Weighing 2000kg, the monument has been mined from local Hämeenlinna rock and is situated where the last day (MX-test) was held at the 1996 International Six Days Enduro. 

1996 was the year Finland won the ISDE for the first time and began a period in world enduro when the Finnish riders dominated the sport. The 1996 Finnish ISDE riders included: Kari Tiainen, Jani Laaksonen, Pekka Viljakainen, Petteri Silván, Vesa Kytönen, Juha Salminen and of course Mika Ahola. 

 

Reveal of monument Eero Remes Juha Laakso Enduro21 560

 

Unveiling the monument were 2018 World Enduro2 Champion, Eero Remes and Juha Laakso who was part of 1996 Finnish Junior Trophy Team who won alongside the senior ISDE team in Hämeenlinna. 

Present at the ceremony also were Mika’s mother, Pirjo Ahola and wife, Marika Ahola who witnessed speeches by Jyri Tengman from the Riihimäen Moottoripyöräkerho Kahvakopla club and Hämeenlinna city Deputy Mayor, Juha Isosuo.

 

Mikas mom Pirjo Ahola and Marika Wife Enduro21 560

 

Making a special guest appearance at the ceremony was Mika’s 125 TM, his ’96 ISDE machine in all its glory.

 

Ahola TM 125 Enduro21 560

 

More information on Mika: mikaahola.fi

 

Words and photo credit: Jani Hovi/XRacing.fi