1973 Individual Speedway World Championship
|1973 Individual Speedway World Championship|
The 1973 Individual Speedway World Championship.
The 1973 World Final was won by Polish rider Jerzy Szczakiel following a run-off in with defending champion Ivan Mauger after both riders had finished on 13 points. In the run-off Mauger fell in turn 3 after trying a risky passing move leaving Szczakiel to win easily. Another Polish rider, Zenon Plech finished third. The final, held at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland, was held in front of the largest crowd in world speedway history, estimated to be around 130,000.
The Final was surrounded by controversy, with decisions made by the Polish referee assigned to the meeting by the FIM seeming to openly favor the Polish riders in an attempt to have a home town win. One of his decisions was to have 2nd reserve Andrzej Wyglenda of Poland race in Heat 16 in front of 1st reserve Tommy Jansson of Sweden (after Bernt Persson of Sweden was unable to ride), making it 4 Polish riders in the race.
By far his most controversial decision was to exclude Soviet rider Gregory Khlynovski from Heat 19. Khlynovski had attempted to pass Zenon Plech for the lead going into the back straight of the last lap. As he was passed by the Russian, Plech lost control of his bike and fell. Despite protests from the Soviet officials, and taking no other eye witness account into consideration, the referee simply took Plech's word that Khlynovski had knocked him off his bike. England's Peter Collins was awarded the heat win, Plech, who didn't actually finish the race, was awarded 2nd, while another Russian, Valery Gordeev, was awarded third place.
The result of the two points he gained for second place allowed Plech to finish a clear third in the championship. The ruling, with Khlynovski excluded, should have seen Collins 1st, Gordeev 2nd, and Plech scoring no points after failing to finish. This would have resulted in Plech only finishing the championship on 10 points and in 5th place. Had Khlynovski been the winner of the heat as many believe he should have been, including many of the riders in the meeting, he would have ended on 13 points, which would have put him in the runoff for the title with Szczakiel and Mauger.
|(16) Jerzy Szczakiel||13||3||3||3||2||2||13||1||3|
|(8) Ivan Mauger||13||3||1||3||3||3||13||2||F|
|(6) Zenon Plech||12||2||3||2||3||2||12||3|
|4||(7) Ole Olsen||11||1||2||3||2||3||11||4|
|5||(3) Grigory Khlinovsky||10||2||3||2||3||X||10||5|
|6||(2) Vladimir Paznikov||8||3||1||2||1||1||8||6|
|7||(4) Paweł Waloszek||8||1||2||1||1||3||8||7|
|8||(12) Valery Gordeev||7||2||0||1||3||1||7||8|
|9||(11) Jan Mucha||7||1||1||1||2||2||7||9|
|10||(1) Anders Michanek||6||0||3||X||1||2||6||10|
|11||(9) Edward Jancarz||6||3||1||0||2||0||6||11|
|12||(13) Peter Collins||6||1||0||2||0||3||6||12|
|13||(14) John Boulger||6||2||2||1||0||1||6||13|
|14||(5) Ray Wilson||5||F||2||3||0||F||5||14|
|15||(10) Vladimir Zapleshny||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||15|
|16||(15) Bernt Persson||0||F||0||R||-||-||0||16|
|R1||(R1) Andrzej Wyglenda||0||0||0||R1|
|R2||(R2) Tommy Jansson||0||0||0||R2|
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|
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