Sports & Recreation:Professional
Episode 7 - In bed with Per Jonsson
From a very young age, all he wanted to do was ride his motorcycle. His family has a history of motorcycle enthusiasts including his uncle, the legendary Torleif Hansen who was the top riders in the Motocross Grand Prix World Championships during the 1970s. Torleif was also 2nd in the 250 World Championship in 1978 as a factory Kawasaki rider.
Per as a rising star in the motocross world later changed his direction and moved his path to Speedway Racing where he quickly began to excel. He made the jump to the international scene in the mid 80’s and by 1990 was already World Champion, topping his great Uncle Torleif Hansen in the family. :()
An unfortunate crash in Poland in 1994 left Per with a spinal injury that ended his career and has him committed to a wheelchair today. As hard as this has been for Per, he has managed to transform his life being a great father, inspiring riders, making a name for himself as a Speedway commentator for the Swedish TV channel C’More as well as holding down a regular job.
Greg caught up with Per at his bedside from his home in Upplands Väsby, Sweden to have a chat about his career and talk about life. Not only is Per a friend to Greg but played a pivotal role in his move to Swedish Speedway with Gettingarna back in 1992. You have to hear this inspiring story.
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