Håkan Carlqvist, Swedish motocross racer, Died at 63


Håkan Carlqvist was born on January 15, 1954, in the Järfälla Municipality near Stockholm, Sweden and died on July 7, 2017.

He was a Swedish professional motocross racer.

He won the F.I.M. 250cc Motocross World Championship in 1979 as a member of the Husqvarna factory racing team.

In 1980, Carlqvist switched to Yamaha to contest the 500cc motocross world championship.

Håkan Carlqvist finished 3rd in 1981 and 1982.

During 1983, Carlqvist battled against Honda teammates André Malherbe and Graham Noyce to claim the 500cc world championship, on a Yamaha.

During 1984, an injury stopped Carlqvist from contesting the title again.

Carlqvist raced for Yamaha until end of 1986.

Carlqvist continued the 500 GPs in 1987 and 1988 with a privateer Kawasaki KX500.

Carlqvist’s last Grand Prix victory was the Belgian Grand Prix at Namur in 1988.

In that this race, he stunned the spectators by stopping before the end of the 2nd moto to drink a beer, while leading the race by somewhat 50 seconds, and going back into the race to win it.

Håkan Carlqvist passed away at 63 years old.