It is with sadness that we report the death of the 1980 World Trials Champion, Ulf Karlson aged 65 years.
It is believed that he fought a battle with cancer and passed away on 6th February 2018.
Born in Alvangen, Sweden on March 6th 1952, Karlson will be always associated with the Montesa brand to which he gave the Barcelona company their first World Championship victory in 1980.
Ulf was winner of fifteen trial Grands Prix, his first was in 1974 when it was still a European Championship and was on podium forty times during his European/World series career, which began with the then European Championships by winning his native Sweden round at nineteen years of age in 1971, on Montesa.
Ulf Karlson was not a flamboyant character, but was one of the quieter riders who merely got on with the job in hand without fuss. He was regarded as a true professional rider who, like many learned their craft in their domestic sport before launching onto the European and then World stage of trials sport.
Karlson retired from top line trials in 1983.
Miquel Cirera Lamarca, Team Manager of the Montesa/HRC Trials Team stated on the HRC website: “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.”
Ulf was eight times Swedish Trials Champion and twice Scandanavian Trials Champion.
Trials Guru conveys sincere condolences to the Karlson family.
- Rainer Heise, Germany
- Toon van de Vliet, Netherlands