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Passing of Trials Legend – Ulf Karlson (1952-2018)

Ulf Carlson Montesa Trials

Ulf Carlson (1952-2018) FIM World Trials Champion 1980 – Montesa
PHOTO: Robert W Price

The sport of Trial has lost one of its Kings with the sad and recent passing of Sweden’s Ulf Karlson who lost his fight against illness earlier this week. Born in Alvangen, Sweden on 6th March 1952, the sixty-five-year-old Scandinavian rider was one of the true masters of the slow speed discipline and captured the FIM Trial World Championship back in 1980. This was the first world championship for Montesa.

“Today, all the Montesa family are in mourning. We have lost a great friend, an athlete and a great world champion. We are really sorry for the loss of Ulf Karlson, who had a long-lasting professional relationship and friendship with us for many years. We send our deepest condolences to the family and all the friends in the world of trial. Rest in peace. Repsol Honda Team, the official team of Montesa-Honda would like to express their deepest sympathy for the loss of Ulf Karlson and wish to offer their condolences to the family in this difficult moment.”  – Miquel Cirera, Team Manager

During his esteemed career Karlson recorded fifteen Grand Prix victories and finished on the podium a total of 40 times during the eight seasons that he contested the FIM Trial World Championship.

Aged just nineteen Ulf scored his first World championship points at his home GP back in 1971, but he had to wait until 1974 before he achieved his maiden win on the World stage. After securing his one and only FIM gold medal in 1980, the respected Swedish rider stepped down from the World series in 1983.

Back in his native Sweden Ulf was an eight-time winner of his national championship and twice victorious in the Scandinavian series.

Recognized not only as a great champion of Trial, but also a true gentleman, Ulf will be greatly missed by the global Trial community.

The FIM Family extends its condolences to Ulf’s family and friends.




PHOTO: Robert W Price

Amazon Presents New Series About Formula One Racing

Grand Prix Driver
This series offers unprecedented access to FORMULA ONE racing, a highly secretive and competitive world. It follows McLaren, one of the sport’s most successful teams, during the 2017 pre-season as they gear up for their first race in Melbourne. After three tough years without a win, McLaren is hopeful that they will be back on top with their promotion of rookie driver, Stoffel Vandoorne.


SOURCE: Amazon

How To Move The World’s Most Powerful Telescope

For the past 9 months or so, NASA has been testing the James Webb Space Telescope in a giant cryogenic chamber at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The $8.8 billion Webb telescope is the most powerful telescope NASA has ever built.

It was packed up and shipped to aerospace firm Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles. They will get the telescope into its launch configuration, a process that will take months. Then it goes by ship next spring from Southern California to French Guiana, where it is scheduled to be launched on an Ariane rocket in June 2019.



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