Kent Andersson

Former Yamaha factory rider Kent Andersson passed away last week, on the 29th of August. He was 64 years old.

Andersson was born on 1 August 1942 in Landvetter (Sweden). He started in competition at the age of 19 with a 250cc Monark and scored his first points in Grand Prix racing in 1966, riding a Husqvarna in the 250cc class.

In 1969 he started racing Yamahas and took his first Grand Prix wins in the 250cc class (Germany and Finland), finishing runner-up in the world championship behind Kel Carruthers. The year after he finished third in this same class.

In 1972 he was chosen by the Yamaha factory to ride the new 125cc racer, finishing second in the championship. In 1973 he won five races and took his first world title. The second title came the following year, in 1974, also with five wins. He finished third in 1975. He won a total of 18 Grand Prix races in his career: 14 in the 125cc class and four in the 250cc class.

Kent was a passionate motorcyclist who has always remained part of the Yamaha family. He could regularly be seen competing at classic events, riding with the 'Yamaha Classic Racing Team', where he always took the time to chat to fans and fellow competitors.

Kent Andersson was one of Yamaha's first stars and will forever be remembered, not only for his riding talent but also his great loyalty to the brand and outstanding sportsmanship. His presence at Yamaha events will be greatly missed and we wish to send our sincere condolences to the Andersson family and friends.