KALEVI VEHKO­NEN

Classic Dirtbike - - You Neeed -

For such a small pool of peo­ple to draw from, Fin­land seems to have the knack of pro­duc­ing great off-road rid­ers. The tri­als world has seen Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen and Tommi Ah­vala scale great heights while the MX world had Heikki Mikkola lead­ing the world. Be­fore these rid­ers though there was Kalevi Vehko­nen who helped Montesa take its place on the MX world stage with a su­perb fourth place in the 1972 250 cham­pi­onships. Con­sid­er­ing the Ja­pa­nese fac­to­ries were fling­ing money around like it was go­ing out of fash­ion and Montesa was a much smaller con­cern, Vehko­nen’s achieve­ments were all the more remarkable and Montesa paid ho­mage to them by chris­ten­ing their 250 MX model ‘ VR’ for Vehko­nen Replica in 1973.

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