Åke Jonsson was one of the top riders in the Motocross World Championships during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jonsson was in the hunt three times to win the World Championship title- 1968, 1970 and maybe his best chance was in 1971. He rode for the Husqvarna factory but he was the third man behind World Champions Bengt Aberg and Torsten Hallman, though he finished in third place in the 1968 500cc World Championship. The next year he switched to Maico, taking third place in the 1970 500cc World Championship and then winning the Inter-AM series in America.
1971 was Ake’s best racing year. He held a tiny lead over Roger DeCoster going into the last GP of the year. DeCoster passed him when his spark plug came out of the head and ended up winning the World Championship.
1972 wasn’t a great year until the USA’s Trans AMA Motocross series where Ake dominated winning 9 races in a row at one point. Yamaha hired Ake for the 1973 season and his mount was the new single shock “monoshock” machine. Ake had issues dealing with the fork, especially coming off of a Maico, which had the best front suspension in motocross. Ake fit a Maico front end onto his Yamaha much to the chagrin of his bosses, but felt that he was at too much of deficit with the stock fork. Ake never could overcome injuries and the handling quirks of the Yamaha. He retired at the end of the 1976 season.