1972 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1972 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1972 Individual Speedway World Championship.

Attendance was estimated to be around 75,000.

In Heat 5, former four-time champion Barry Briggs was involved in an accident which all but ended his speedway career. Going into the first turn his front wheel was hit by Bernt Persson's bike which caused him to fall. Unfortunately he was then hit by the following Russian riders Grigory Khlinovsky and Valery Gordeev. Briggs suffered a severe hand injury and lost the index finger on his right hand which caused him to temporarily retire from racing. Briggs had been considered one of the pre-meeting favourites and his favouritism had been firmed when he had beaten fellow New Zealander Ivan Mauger in Heat 2.

To the boos of the 75,000 strong Wembley crowd, FIM referee Georg Traunspurger did not exclude Persson, a lucky break for the Swede as he would later go on to finish in second place after losing a runoff with Ivan Mauger who took out his fourth World Championship. Although the rider of the meeting was undoubtedly defending champion Ole Olsen. In his first ride (Heat 4) while challenging Swede Christer Löfqvist for the lead after coming through from the back following a near crash in the first turn, he dramatically fell and would score no points. From there he was untroubled to win his next four rides to finish in a clear third place.

World final[edit]

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 New Zealand (6) Ivan Mauger 13 2 3 2 3 3 13 1 3
2 Sweden (13) Bernt Persson 13 2 3 3 3 2 13 2 2
3 Denmark (16) Ole Olsen 12 F 3 3 3 3 12 3
4 Sweden (15) Christer Löfqvist 11 3 2 3 0 3 11 4
5 England (14) John Louis 11 1 2 3 2 3 11 5
6 Soviet Union (7) Aleksandr Pavlov 8 1 3 0 3 1 8 6
7 Sweden (4) Anders Michanek 8 X 2 2 2 2 8 7
8 Poland (3) Paweł Waloszek 6 3 1 0 1 1 6 8
9 Soviet Union (8) Viktor Trofimov 6 0 0 2 2 2 6 9
10 England (12) Nigel Boocock 6 2 1 2 1 0 6 10
11 Soviet Union (10) Viktor Kalmykov 6 1 1 1 2 1 6 11
12 Soviet Union (11) Anatoly Kuzmin 4 3 0 0 1 0 4 12
13 Soviet Union (1) Grigory Khlinovsky 4 2 1 1 0 0 4 13
14 New Zealand (5) Barry Briggs 3 3 F - - - 3 14
15 England (2) Eric Boocock 2 X 0 0 0 2 2 15
16 Soviet Union (9) Valery Gordeev 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Jan Simensen 2 2 0 2 R1
R2 Scotland (R2) Jim McMillan 2 1 1 2 R2
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5