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Description: When the Monark team was shut down, another member of the Monark empire, Kaj Bornebusch, saw an opportunity to pick up where Monark had left off by building motocross bikes for non-factory riders so they could compete on the same level as the factory teams from Belgium and England.  Kaj had competed in British Scrambles races while he was going to college in England.  He named his new bike the Lito (after a company he owned that specialized in lithographs).  When the Litos went into production, only 35 machines were built between 1961 and 1965. The Litos were beautiful bikes with all the right components to be competitive in Grand Prix motocross.  The Litos would share many of the components of the works Monark, most notably the Albin engine.  The Lito was a first-rate bike.  Sten Lundin, now the sole owner of a works Monark, went to Kaj Bornebusch and made the proposal that if Lito sponsored him, he would paint his Monark green and race it with Lito logos.  Kaj agreed.  And on February 10, 1961, Sten Lundin signed a contract with Lito.  His Monark was painted green in 1961 and became (in name only) a Lito.  Lundin won the 1961 World Championship, took third in 1962, second in 1963 and third in 1964.  He also won the overall at the Motocross des Nations in 1963 on his hybrid Lito.
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Posted by: Bill Harris January 03, 2014, 10:55:41 am

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