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At the age of 31 Heikki became the 1976 250cc World Champion motocross.
Preseason 1976.
Heikki Mikkola concentrates before the start.
Preseason 1976.
March 14th, 1976. At Sint Anthonis, the Netherlands.
Heikki talking to Gerrit Wolsink.

With special thanks to Harry van Hemmen, for sending this picture.
Preseason 1976.
Preseason 1976.
Preseason 1976.
Heikki have a conversation with his manager Georges Meekers
and the representative of Champion spark-plugs.

Thanks for the picture to Guy Jamar and Peter Meekers.
April 4th, 1976. Spanish 250cc Grand Prix at Sabadell.
This is the winning 250cc works Husqvarna of Heikki.
April 4th, 1976. Spanish 250cc Grand Prix at Sabadell.
Heikki Mikkola (26), Jim Pomeroy (7), Hans Maisch (5) and Thorleif Hansen (10).
April 4th, 1976. Spanish 250cc Grand Prix at Sabadell.
Heikki Mikkola (26) wins both heats of the first GP of the season.
April 4th, 1976. Spanish 250cc Grand Prix at Sabadell.

Picture by Vicenc Abad.
April 4th, 1976. Spanish 250cc Grand Prix at Sabadell.

Picture by Vicenc Abad.
April 4th, 1976. Spanish 250cc Grand Prix at Sabadell.
April 4th, 1976. Spanish 250cc Grand Prix at Sabadell.

Picture by Vicenc Abad.
April 25th, 1976. Belgian Grand Prix 250cc at Betekom.
April 25th, 1976. Belgian Grand Prix 250cc at Betekom.
April 25th, 1976. Belgian Grand Prix 250cc at Betekom.
April 25th, 1976. Belgian Grand Prix 250cc at Betekom.
April 25th, 1976. Belgian Grand Prix 250cc at Betekom.
April 25th, 1976. Belgian Grand Prix 250cc at Betekom.
April 25th, 1976. Belgian Grand Prix 250cc at Betekom.
Heikki Mikkola, winner of the Grand Prix of Belgium.
April 25th, 1976. Belgian Grand Prix 250cc at Betekom.
Heikki 1st place, Harry Everts (on the right) became second and Jaroslav Falta became third in this GP.
Halfway the 1976 season. Heikki leads the championship.
May 30th, 1976. Italian 250cc Grand Prix at La Vecchia (?).
June 20th, 1976. British 250cc Grand Prix at Newbury.
June 20th, 1976. British 250cc Grand Prix at Newbury.
June 20th, 1976. British 250cc Grand Prix at Newbury.
June 27th, 1976. West-German 250cc Grand Prix at Gaildorf.
Kavinov has the holeshot. Then Mikkola (30), Malherbe (4), Hansen (36), Pomeroy (25), Geboers (2), Pean (33) and Baborovsky (9).
June 27th, 1976. West-German 250cc Grand Prix at Gaildorf.
June 27th, 1976. West-German 250cc Grand Prix at Gaildorf.
In the 2nd moto Heikki scores a second place, behind Vladimir Kavinov (USSR).
Finland 1976.
Finland 1976.
Finland 1976.
August 8th, 1976. Dutch 250cc Grand Prix at Lichtenvoorde.
August 8th, 1976. Dutch 250cc Grand Prix at Lichtenvoorde.
August 8th, 1976. Dutch 250cc Grand Prix at Lichtenvoorde.
Heikki scores a first place in the 1st moto.
August 8th, 1976. Dutch 250cc Grand Prix at Lichtenvoorde.
August 8th, 1976. Dutch 250cc Grand Prix at Lichtenvoorde.
August 8th, 1976. Dutch 250cc Grand Prix at Lichtenvoorde.
Yes or not world champion already? Heikki studied the world champion standings with his manager Georges Meekers, after the 1st moto.

(Special thanks to Peter Meekers for the correct text at the picture)
Before the last Grand prix of the season Heikki has confidence in a good result.
August 15th, 1976. Swedish 250cc Grand Prix at Ulricehamn.
August 15th, 1976. Swedish 250cc Grand Prix at Ulricehamn.
Heikki Mikkola at the start of the second moto. When the gate dropped Heikki almost lost it at the start when he got his Husqvarna too high and pitched it to the right, almost hitting Gerard Rond (16).
August 15th, 1976. Swedish 250cc Grand Prix at Ulricehamn.
Start of the first moto, with already the two contenders in front. Moiseev (6) and Mikkola (12).
August 15th, 1976. Swedish 250cc Grand Prix at Ulricehamn.
Heikki on a safe second place.
August 15th, 1976. Swedish 250cc Grand Prix at Ulricehamn.
August 15th, 1976. Swedish 250cc Grand Prix at Ulricehamn.
After a second place in the first moto, behind Gennady Moiseev (USSR), Heikki Mikkola become the 1976 250cc world champion motocross.

With this result Heikki becomes the very first motocross rider to hold world titles in both the 250cc (1976) and 500cc (1974) class.
August 15th, 1976. Swedish 250cc Grand Prix at Ulricehamn.
In the second moto Heikki was taken out of the race the hard way by Daniël Pean (19).
August 15th, 1976. Swedish 250cc Grand Prix at Ulricehamn.
A very tired but very happy Heikki Mikkola.
September 12th, 1976. Motocross des Nations in the Netherlands, at Sint Anthonis.
Heikki scores a third and a second place in the heats.
The Finnish team became 7th overall.
September 12th, 1976. Motocross des Nations in the Netherlands, at Sint Anthonis.
September 12th, 1976. Motocross des Nations in the Netherlands, at Sint Anthonis.
Heikki being chased by Gennady Moiseev (USSR).
A happy end of the 1976 season!
He's done it!!