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In 1978 Heikki is 33 years old and become world champion motocross for the fourth time in his career.
Winter 1977/1978. International motocross in Belgium, at Bolderberg.
Testing tires in the Winter of 1977/1978.
Testing tires in the Winter of 1977/1978.
Testing tires in the Winter of 1977/1978.
Preseason 1978.
Already on early age Heikki is learning his son Antti how to find the right balance.
March 12th, 1978. International motocross in the Netherlands, at Sint Anthonis.
Heikki Mikkola talks with Thorleif Hansen.
March 12th, 1978. International motocross in the Netherlands, at Sint Anthonis.
March 12th, 1978. International motocross in the Netherlands, at Sint Anthonis.
April 2nd, 1978. Preseason in Belgium, at Vorselaar.
One week before the start of the 1978 Grand Prix season.
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
The 1978 title candidates together!! From the left to the right:
Heikki Mikkola, Gerrit Wolsink, Brad Lackey and Roger De Coster.
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
Heikki is ready for the first Grand Prix of the 1978 season.
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
Start of the first moto. Brad Lacky (24) has the holeshot,
on the outside followed by Heikki Mikkola (1).
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
Second moto. Again Brad Lacky (24) has the holeshot,
now on the inside followed by Heikki Mikkola (1).
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.

Thanks to Guy Jamar for this nice picture.
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
Heikki wins both motos.
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
Front page of the official programme from the British Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle, 01-07-1979.

Special thanks to Andy Thompson from England, for sending this picture.
April 9th, 1978. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
April 16th, 1978. Austrian 500cc Grand Prix at Sittendorf.
Due a suddenly attack of fever, Heikki scores a third and a sixth place.

Special thanks to Harry van Hemmen for sending this picture.
April 29th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.
Free practice on Saturday, in the mud .

Thanks to Guy Jamar for this picture.
April 30th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.

Thanks to Guy Jamar for this picture.
April 30th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.
Graham Noyce give chase to Heikki.
April 30th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.
Graham Noyce give chase to Heikki.
April 30th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.
April 30th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.
April 30th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.
April 30th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.
April 30th, 1978. French 500cc Grand Prix at Gaillefontaine.
In the 1st moto Heikki is second, behind Brad Lackey.
The 2nd moto was won by Heikki.

Take a look also at the video of this GP
May 7th, 1978. Danish 500cc Grand Prix at Naestved.
Again Brad Lackey (7) and Heikki (1) found each other .
May 7th, 1978. Danish 500cc Grand Prix at Naestved.
May 7th, 1978. Danish 500cc Grand Prix at Naestved.
Heikki wins both motos.
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
Again a double victory at his home GP (just like in 1977).
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
Mikkola and Wolsink (19) in a great battle for victory.
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
The rear wheel of Gerrit Wolsink's Suzuki wasn't be able to resist this fast tempo.
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).

Special thanks to Terry Good, for this picture.
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).

Special thanks for this picture to Guy Jamar.
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
Heikki is congratulated by his main competitor Brad Lackey.
May 21st, 1978. Finnish 500cc Grand Prix at Vantaa (Ruskeasanta).
Heikki takes the final victory with wins in both motos. Brad Lackey (left) comes second and Graham Noyce (right) comes third.
May 28th, 1978. Swedish 500cc Grand Prix at Västeras.
Lackey (19), Mikkola (1), Aberg (25), Svendsen (9), Noyce (10) and Malherbe (7).
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
A few minutes before the start of the first moto. From the left to the right:
Graham Noyce, Gerrit Wolsink, Tommy Croft, Heikki Mikkola and Brad Lackey.

With special thanks to Kevin Kratz for this very nice picture.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Start of the 1st moto. Hakan Andersson (8), Herbert Schmitz (9), Gerrit Wolsink (4), Danny LaPorte (21), Jaak van Velthoven (5) and Heikki (1).
Heikki has a very bad start, but will still be third!!
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
A few seconds after the previous picture.
Herbert Schmitz (9), Gary Semics (17), Tommy Croft (15), Gerrit Wolsink (4), Graham Noyce (6), André Malherbe (7) and Heikki Mikkola (1).

With special thanks to Kevin Kratz for this very nice picture.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.

(special thanks to Jeff Grismer from the Carlsbad Raceway USA)
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Heikki Mikkola and Danny LaPorte (21).

With special thanks to Kevin Kratz for this very nice picture.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
In the time between the two heats Heikki rest from the efforts of the first heat.

With special thanks to Tim Buck, to use this nice picture on my website.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
The racers line up at the starting gate for the start of the second moto.
Rex Staten (16), Roger DeCoster (3), Heikki Mikkola (1) and Gerrit Wolsink (4).

With special thanks to Kevin Kratz for this great picture.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Start of the second moto. This time Heikki has a better start.
With Lackey (2), Mikkola (1), Malherbe (7), Semics (17) and Schmitz (9).

With special thanks to Tim Buck, to use this great picture on my website.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Lackey (2) has the holeshot. Mikkola (1), Andersson (8) and Semics (17) are also in the front.

With special thanks to Kevin Kratz for this very nice picture.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Start of the second moto.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
A few seconds after the previous picture. Lackey is already through.
Behind him follows Mikkola, Malherbe, Andersson, Semics, Schmitz, De Coster, Noyce and Wolsink.

With special thanks to Kevin Kratz for this great picture.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.

With special thanks to Tim Buck, to use this nice picture on my website.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.

With special thanks to Tim Buck, to use this nice picture on my website.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Heikki Mikkola the winner of the 1978 500cc US GP, at Carlsbad.

With special thanks to Kevin Kratz for this very nice picture.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.

With special thanks to Tim Buck, to use this nice picture on my website.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.

With special thanks to Tim Buck, to use this nice picture on my website.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.

With special thanks to Tim Buck, to use this great picture on my website.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
As usual during the 1978 season. Mikkola and Lackey in the lead.
Heikki wins the second moto, in front of Lackey.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
June 4th, 1978. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
For the first time Heikki wins the US Grand Prix.
June 11th, 1978. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Gallarate.
From the left to the right; Mikkola, Malherbe, Andersson and Lackey.
June 11th, 1978. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Gallarate.
June 11th, 1978. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Gallarate.
June 11th, 1978. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Gallarate.
In the first moto Heikki is third, behind Lackey and De Coster.
The second moto is won by Heikki.

Special thanks for this picture to Guy Jamar.
June 11th, 1978. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Gallarate.

Special thanks to Harry van Hemmen for sending this picture.
June 11th, 1978. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Gallarate.
June 11th, 1978. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Gallarate.

Take a look also at the video of this GP
June 11th, 1978. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Gallarate.
Mikkola, De Coster and Lacky are evaluating the race.
July 2nd, 1978. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 2nd, 1978. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
Second heat: Even after a fall Heikki manages to gain more and more speed to eventually get a third place.
July 2nd, 1978. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 2nd, 1978. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 2nd, 1978. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 2nd, 1978. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
First moto 1st, second moto 3rd.
July 16th, 1978. International motocross in the Netherlands, at Venray.
International motocross during the 1978 season.
August 6th, 1978. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur.
First moto.
August 6th, 1978. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur.
First moto - first place.
August 6th, 1978. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur.
Just before the start of the second moto, there was a giant cloud-burst above the Citadel.
August 6th, 1978. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur.
Heikki is still inspecting the circuit, while Brad Lackey returns in somber thoughts.
August 6th, 1978. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur.
Start of the second moto.
August 6th, 1978. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur.
In spite of the mud Heikki wins the second moto as well.
August 13th, 1978. Luxembourg 500cc Grand Prix at Ettelbrück.
Heikki meets the new 500cc World Champion road-racing Kenny Roberts.
August 13th, 1978. Luxembourg 500cc Grand Prix at Ettelbrück.
By a second and a first place Heikki become the 1978 World Champion motocross.
August 13th, 1978. Luxembourg 500cc Grand Prix at Ettelbrück.
Heikki and Brad, the two rivals during the 1978 season.
August 27th, 1978. Dutch 500cc Grand Prix at Sint Anthonis.
August 27th, 1978. Dutch 500cc Grand Prix at Sint Anthonis.
Heikki's overall result is a 2nd place and on the podium he stand next to Gerrit Wolsink (middle) and Roger De Coster (left).
August 27th, 1978. Dutch 500cc Grand Prix at Sint Anthonis.
Heikki's overall result is a 2nd place and on the podium he stand next to Gerrit Wolsink (middle) and Roger De Coster (left).
August 27th, 1978. Dutch 500cc Grand Prix at Sint Anthonis.
Heikki's overall result is a 2nd place and on the podium he stand next to Gerrit Wolsink (middle) and Roger De Coster (left).
September 3rd, 1978. Motocross des Nations in West-Germany, at Gaildorf.
Just after the start Bob Hannah is in front, but Heikki Mikkola is already second.
Heikki wins both motos and shows who's the best 500cc rider at that moment.
September 3rd, 1978. Motocross des Nations in West-Germany, at Gaildorf.
September 3rd, 1978. Motocross des Nations in West-Germany, at Gaildorf.
Bob Hannah still in front, but within a few moments Heikki shall pass him to gain a unchallenged win.
September 3rd, 1978. Motocross des Nations in West-Germany, at Gaildorf.
September 3rd, 1978. Motocross des Nations in West-Germany, at Gaildorf.

With special thanks to Guy Jamar for sending this picture.
A happy Heikki Mikkola, four times World Champion motocross.
The job is done!!
And now back to Finland. Time to relax by going hunting.