JUST WHO IS THAT?

The BikesportNZ.com photo archive is a treasure trove of classic old snaps.

We have decided that each week we are going to run an archive photo or two – a bit of a guessing game for you. See if you can answer the questions about BOTH photos.

We’ll offer you a few clues, but we also want to keep you guessing.

Check back and we’ll give you the answers next week, along with our next “Who’s that?” feature photos.

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Plus, we have a sponsor for the feature. Thanks to Crown Kiwi, EVS and 100% apparel and accessories, we can offer a small prize each week – a tee-shirt or a cap – to the first respondent with the correct answers.

We were absolutely swamped with correct entries this week, although the first to answer correctly was Tokoroa bike legend Sean Clarke.

We had received a few comments from the “Tar Babies” that they couldn’t answer the questions about the “Dust Bunnies” and vice versa.

This week we swing back towards the tarseal community.

There should be plenty of correct answers to the easy questions about these two photos.

Next week we’ll feature dirt bike characters again.

Clues for photo above:

This photo was taken at the Ulster GP in Ireland in 2007.

He is perhaps the greatest road-racer ever to head out onto a race track anywhere in the world, although the then 65-year-old wasn’t riding this day in Ireland.

We do also need you to answer the question about the photo below.

Clues for photo below:

This man was the first Kiwi ever to win a World Superbike Championship race, although he has long been associated with Canada.

Last week’s characters revealed:

The main photo displayed last week was taken at the International Six Days Enduro in Taupo in 2006. This rider tragically died earlier this year. We asked you to named him and tell us where was he from.

It was, of course, the great Finnish enduro rider Mika Ahola.

For the second photo last week, we asked you to name the character with the microphone who is helping to make the moto trials scene in New Zealand the success that it is today.

Both photos showed a top rider (Jake Whitaker and Warren Laugesen in each case), but it was the other person in both photos, a commentator, organiser and promoter, who we wanted you to name.

The man with the microphone was Te Kuiti identity John Ravenscroft.

Well done to those who emailed us with their answers last week.

Meanwhile, as a matter of interest, here are some details about the late, great Mika Ahola.

Ahola (13 December 1974 – 15 January 2012) was a five-time world champion. He was also a seven-time winner of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) World Trophy with Team Finland, and was the fastest overall in the competition in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

Ahola debuted in the World Enduro Championship in a Husqvarna in 1993, and became a regular title contender after joining the TM factory team in 1997.

In 2001, he finished runner-up for the third time, after losing the final round in Sweden and the 500cc world title to Anders Eriksson by 0.06 seconds and a single point, respectively.

Ahola took three more wins than Eriksson, but a mechanical problem in the second round in Slovakia proved costly for his title chase. After another second placing in 2002 and a third in 2003, he briefly moved to Husqvarna until signing for Honda for the 2006 season, which saw him finish second to KTM’s Samuli Aro in the E2 class.

In 2007, Ahola took seven wins and finished on the podium in all but one event, beating compatriot Aro and Yamaha’s Johnny Aubert to finally win the world championship. For the 2008 season, he moved to the E1 class and took his second world title ahead of KTM’s Iván Cervantes. Ahola went on to win a fourth consecutive title in 2010.

In 2011, he moved to the E3 class and became the first rider to win the world championship in all the three current categories.

Mika Ahola announced his retirement from enduro racing on New Year’s Day 2012.

Ahola died of internal injuries on 15 January this year at a hospital in Barcelona, a few weeks after crashing while training in Girona, Spain.

Email your answers to this week’s quiz to contest@bikesportnz.com

Note: Be careful to answer the questions being asked. We may ask for a time, a place, an event or ask for one or several of the individuals in the two photos to be identified.

© Photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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