Five-time Enduro champ dies

2012-01-16 21:12

Helsinki - Mika Ahola, five-time and reigning Enduro world champion, died at the weekend in a Barcelona hospital, the sport's governing body in Finland said Monday, amid reports the 37-year-old had died of injuries suffered during training.

"According to information received by the Finnish Motor Sport Association, Enduro world champion Mika Ahola has passed away," read the brief statement posted on the group's website late on Monday, providing no further details.

Finnish public broadcaster YLE however reported the 37-years-old, who had announced his retirement from Enduro racing on January 1, had died on Sunday evening in Barcelona, Spain, where he was being treated for internal injuries.

According to reports, he suffered the injuries when he crashed during casual training in Girona, Spain a few weeks ago.

Ahola was also a seven-time winner of the International Six Days Enduro world trophy with the Finnish team.

Enduro is a form of motorcycle sport run predominantly on off-road courses. The World Enduro Championship features a number of stages raced against the clock in a time trial.