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MXA’S BIRTHDAY BOY: THE SWEDISH GIANT WHO PAVED THE WAY

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1961StenLundinSten on his way to the 500 World Champions in 1961 on his 500cc Lito four-stroke.

Lito500Sten won two 500 World Championship on this bike—although they were listed as different brands. To learn more about this story click here

Sten Lundin was born on November 20, 1931, and passed away on  June 3, 2016, after a brief illness. Swedish motocross racer Sten Lundin won the 500cc World Motocross Championship in 1959. Sten was second in the 1960 500 World Championship, only 2 points behind the late Bill Nilsson. In 1961 Sten recaptured the 500 World Crown . He was third in the 1962 World Championships, second to Rolf Tibblin in the 1963 and third in the 1964. He was one of the first true-to-life motocross stars that the world ever knew.

stenLundinNilssonSten and archrival and friend Bill Nilsson. Both are gone now.

Sten Lundin also led the Swedish team to victory in the 1955 Motocross des Nations with Lasse Gustafsson and Bill Nilsson. Sten Lundin had 19 Grand Prix victories to his credit and from 1957 to 1963 he won two World Championships (1959 and 1961) and was never lower than third in the points standings over that 6 year span.

STENlundinitalySten Lundin at a Grand Prix reunion in Italy next to his Lito.

SEE STEN LUNDIN IN 1961

Photos by Justyn Norek, Sten Lundin Archives and John Ker