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1979. Heikki at the age of 34. Unfortunately suffering from serious injuries, including his knee, Heikki could not defend his world title well. In 1979 Heikki is the only rider to gain double victories in the GP races. (Italy and Switzerland).

Take a look also to an interview from 1979 with Heikki Mikkola
The works Yamaha for the 1979 season.
The works Yamaha for the 1979 season.
Heikki trains on starting.
February 4th, 1979. International motocross in the Netherlands, at Venray.
March 18th, 1979. International motocross in Belgium, at Hoeselt.
After a fall Heikki is taken by stretcher to the hospital at Mol, Belgium.
March 1979. Heikki is been seriously injured at his right knee and in the hospital he's been treated by (wonder) doctor Derweduwen.
March 1979. In the hospital Heikki is recovering from his surgery. In spite of he knows that he must be missing the 1979 opening GP's, he still remains optimistic.

Special thanks to Harry van Hemmen for sending this picture.
April 22nd, 1979. Austrian 500cc Grand Prix at Sittendorf.
What no one thought possible happens. Heikki Mikkola arrives for the first GP but because of the pain in his knee he can't score any points.

Thanks to Guy Jamar for this picture.
April 22nd, 1979. Austrian 500cc Grand Prix at Sittendorf.
Wolsink (15), Aberg (29), van den Broeck (8), Mikkola (1), Rond (16), Noyce (24).
April 22nd, 1979. Austrian 500cc Grand Prix at Sittendorf.
April 22nd, 1979. Austrian 500cc Grand Prix at Sittendorf.
April 22nd, 1979. Austrian 500cc Grand Prix at Sittendorf.
April 29th, 1979. French 500cc Grand Prix at Thouars.
Riders presentation. From the left to the right:
Back row: Graham Noyce, Gerard Rond, Gerrit Wolsink.
Front row: Heikki Mikkola, Brad Lackey and Chuck Sun.

Picture by Racer X.
April 29th, 1979. French 500cc Grand Prix at Thouars.
April 29th, 1979. French 500cc Grand Prix at Thouars.
Graham Noyce (23), Jean Jacques Bruno (18) and Heikki Mikkola (far left).
Heikki is far from complete recovering, but still he scored 18 world championship points, he becomes fourth and third in the motos.
May 13th, 1979. Swedish 500cc Grand Prix at Huskvarna.
In the front Gomez (21), Rond (16), Wolsink (5), Lackey (2), Bruno (8), Malherbe (6)
May 13th, 1979. Swedish 500cc Grand Prix at Huskvarna (?)
May 13th, 1979. Swedish 500cc Grand Prix at Huskvarna.
Although he isn't yet fully fit, Heikki still manages to score a third and a second place.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
Start second moto. Far right Brad Lackey with next to him Heikki Mikkola.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
In the first moto Heikki is in a great battle with Graham Noyce and Roger De Coster.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
Heikki being chased by Graham Noyce and Roger De Coster.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.

Special thanks to Joan Progin, from Switzerland, for using this picture.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
Heikki wins both heats.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
Heikki and Brad Lackey after the first moto.

Take a look also at the video of this GP
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
May 27th, 1979. Italian 500cc Grand Prix at Faenza.
In Italy they knows how to appreciate a GP winner.

Special thanks to Harry van Hemmen for sending this picture.
June 10th, 1979. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Heikki (1) takes the lead from the start and comes 2nd in the second moto.
June 10th, 1979. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
A few seconds later: André Vromans comes alongside.

(special thanks to Jeff Grismer from the Carlsbad Raceway USA).
June 10th, 1979. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
June 10th, 1979. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Special thanks to Motodude.com
June 10th, 1979. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Battle for the lead in the second moto. This time Brad Lackey beat Heikki.
June 10th, 1979. United States 500cc Grand Prix at Carlsbad.
Scandinavion warrior.......
June 17th, 1979. Canadian 500cc Grand Prix at Mosport.
Riders paddock: The monocross shock absorber were replaced.

(special thanks to Claude Giguere from Canada, for sending this picture)
June 17th, 1979. Canadian 500cc Grand Prix at Mosport.
Heikki's works Yamaha, ready for the big batlle.

(special thanks to Claude Giguere from Canada, for sending this picture)
June 17th, 1979. Canadian 500cc Grand Prix at Mosport.
Heikki's works Yamaha, ready for the big batlle.

(special thanks to Claude Giguere from Canada, for sending this picture)
June 17th, 1979. Canadian 500cc Grand Prix at Mosport.
Heikki prepares for the start of the race.

(Special thanks to Claude Giguere from Canada, for sending this picture)
June 17th, 1979. Canadian 500cc Grand Prix at Mosport.
Heikki on his way to the start.

(special thanks to Claude Giguere from Canada, for sending this picture)
June 17th, 1979. Canadian 500cc Grand Prix at Mosport.
June 24th, 1979. West-German 500cc Grand Prix at Beuern.
Here Heikki explains what went wrong one week earlier in Mosport, Canada.

Special thanks to Harry van Hemmen for sending this picture.
June 24th, 1979. West-German 500cc Grand Prix at Beuern.
June 24th, 1979. West-German 500cc Grand Prix at Beuern.

Special thanks to Harry van Hemmen for sending this picture.
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
Heikki (9) is not affected by the massive crash.
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
Graham Noyce (28), Brad Lackey (26) and Heikki Mikkola (9).
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
Spectacular action of Heikki.
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
Tells Heikki here to Roger De Coster that he's gonna quit at the end of this season?
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.
July 1st, 1979. British 500cc Grand Prix at Farleigh Castle.

Special thanks to Mark Kiel Photography!
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
André Malherbe (5), Roger De Coster (4), Graham Noyce (21) and Heikki Mikkola (1).
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
Again Heikki wins both motos.
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.

Special thanks to Ari Nassi, from Finland, for using this picture.
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.

Special thanks to Ari Nassi, from Finland, for using this picture.
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne (?)
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne (?)
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.

Special thanks to Guy Jamar for sensing this beautiful picture.
July 8th, 1979. Swiss 500cc Grand Prix at Payerne.
The official is a true Mikkola fan.
He jumps for joy when Heikki is first to pass the chequered flag.

This shall be the last GP victory out of the impressive career of Heikki Mikkola.
July 29th, 1979. Dutch 500cc Grand Prix at Markelo.
Heikki still in conversation with Graham Noyce just before the start.
July 29th, 1979. Dutch 500cc Grand Prix at Markelo.
July 29th, 1979. Dutch 500cc Grand Prix at Markelo.
July 29th, 1979. Dutch 500cc Grand Prix at Markelo.
Heikki comes third twice. In the overall score he also comes third,
behind Graham Noyce (left) and Gerrit Wolsink (in the middle).
August 5th, 1979. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur.
Magnificent action of Heikki Mikkola.
August 5th, 1979. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur (?)
August 5th, 1979. Belgian 500cc Grand Prix at Namur.
August 12th, 1979. Luxembourg 500cc Grand Prix at Ettelbrück.
Heikki Mikkola rides his last GP and finishes his brilliant career with a 10th and a 4th place in the motos. The GP scene loses Heikki and with it one of the greatest riders in the history of motocross.
August 12th, 1979. Luxembourg 500cc Grand Prix at Ettelbrück.
The fierce Finn.
Graham Noyce and Heikki Mikkola, the new and the old World Champion.

Thanks to Guy Jamar for this picture.
Heikki and Graham again.
The Lone Wolf.