1980 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1980 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1980 Individual Speedway World Championship.

With 1979 World Champion Ivan Mauger failing to qualify for a World Final for the first time since 1965, and Ole Olsen only qualifying as a reserve, the 1980 World Final at the Ullevi Stadium in Göteborg, Sweden was seen as an open final with a number of potential winners. Michael Lee, Bruce Penhall, Dave Jessup and Billy Sanders considered the favourites with Jan Andersson (the only Swedish rider in the World Final), John Davis, Hans Nielsen, Zenon Plech, Intercontinental Final winner Chris Morton and 1976 World Champion Peter Collins all expected to challenge.

22 year old English ace Lee who had only finished 7th in the Intercontinental Final at White City, won his only World Championship with 14 points from his 5 rides. Dave Jessup finished second after defeating Billy Sanders in a runoff when both riders finished on 12 points to give England a 1-2 finish in a World Final.

Michael Lee became only the fourth rider from Great Britain to win Motorcycle speedway's ultimate individual prize, joining Welshman Freddie Williams (1950), and fellow Englishman Peter Craven (1955 and 1962) and Peter Collins (1976) as a Speedway World Champion.

Overseas Series[edit]

American Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 United States Bruce Penhall 14
2 United States Scott Autrey 13+3
3 United States Dennis Sigalos 13+2
4 United States Ron Preston 13+1
5 United States Shawn Moran 10
6 United States Gene Woods 10
7 United States John Cook 9
8 United States Mike Faria 7
9 United States Bobby Schwartz 5
10 United States Alan Christian 5
11 United States Denny Pyeatt 5
12 United States Duane Yarrow 5
13 United States Brad Oxley 4
14 United States John Santona 4
15 United States Dan McNeill 3
16 United States Kelly Moran 1
17 United States Larry Kosta 0

Australasian Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Australia Billy Sanders (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 Australia John Titman 13
3 New Zealand Larry Ross 12+3
4 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 12+2
5 Australia Phil Crump 11+3
6 New Zealand Tony Briggs 11+2
7 Australia Mike Farrell 10
8 Australia Phil Herne 8
9 Australia Steve Koppe 7
10 Australia Glyn Taylor 5
11 Australia Glenn McDonald 5
12 New Zealand Graeme Stapleton 3
13 Australia Keith Wright 2
14 New Zealand David Bargh 2
15 New Zealand Mike Fullerton 2
16 New Zealand Wayne Brown 0

British Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 England Dave Jessup (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 England Michael Lee (3,3,3,3,2) 14
3 England Phil Collins (1,2,2,3,3) 11
4 England Peter Collins (3,3,0,3,1) 10
5 England Gordon Kennett (2,2,2,2,2) 10
6 England John Louis (3,1,3,1,1) 9
7 England John Davis (X,2,1,2,3) 8
8 England Chris Morton (0,1,1,2,3) 7
9 England Melvyn Taylor (2,1,X,2,2) 7
10 England Reg Wilson (2,2,1,1,0) 6+3
11 England Bobby Beaton (0,1,3,0,2) 6+2
12 England Ian Cartwright (1,0,2,1,1) 5
13 England Dave Morton (1,3,0,0,0) 4
14 England Kevin Jolly (2,0,1,0,1) 4
15 South Africa Peter Prinsloo (2,1,0,1,0) 4
16 England Mike Lanham (0,0,0,0,0) 0

Swedish Final[edit]

  • May 20, 1980
  • Sweden Norrköping
  • Winner to World Final, riders 2-5 to Nordic Final
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
1 Sweden (13) Jan Andersson 13 2 3 3 2 3 13 1
2 Sweden (15) Rickard Hellsen 12 3 3 3 X 3 12 2
3 Sweden (2) Tommy Johansson 12 2 3 2 3 2 12 3
4 Sweden (8) Anders Michanek 11 3 3 2 1 2 11 4
5 Sweden (14) Bernt Persson 11 1 2 3 2 3 11 5
6 Sweden (9) Bengt Jansson 10 1 2 1 3 3 10 6
7 Sweden (11) Tommy Nilsson 9 2 2 3 0 2 9 7
8 Sweden (16) Borje Klingberg 7 0 1 2 3 1 7 8
9 Sweden (1) Hans Danielsson 7 1 1 1 3 1 7 9
10 Sweden (10) Rolf Sundberg 6 3 X 1 2 0 6 10
11 Sweden (6) Per-Ove Gundmundsson 6 2 1 0 1 2 6 11
12 Sweden (4) Bo Wirebrand 5 3 0 2 X - 5 12
13 Sweden (7) Conny Samuelsson 3 1 1 0 1 0 3 13
14 Sweden (12) Lillebror Johansson 2 0 2 E - - 2 14
15 Sweden (5) Bengt Gustavsson 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 15
16 Sweden (3) Jan Eriksson 0 E F F - - 0 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Karl-Erik Claesson 4 0 2 1 1 4 R1
R2 Sweden (R2) Uno Johansson 1 1 0 1 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

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

Commonwealth Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 England Dave Jessup 14
2 England John Louis 13
3 New Zealand Ivan Mauger 12
4 England John Davis 11
5 Australia Billy Sanders 10
6 England Chris Morton 9
7 England Michael Lee 9
8 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 9
9 England Peter Collins 7
10 England Gordon Kennett 6
11 New Zealand Larry Ross 6
12 England Phil Collins 5
13 Australia John Titman 4
14 England Melvyn Taylor 3
15 Australia Phil Crump 2
16 England Reg Wilson 0
17 New Zealand Tony Briggs (Res) 0
18 England Bobby Beaton (Res) 0

Continental 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
1 Poland (16) Zenon Plech 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 1 3
2 Czechoslovakia (13) Jiří Štancl 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 2 2
3 Czechoslovakia (7) Aleš Dryml, Sr. 12 1 3 2 3 3 12 3
4 West Germany (1) Egon Müller 11 3 1 2 2 3 11 4
5 Czechoslovakia (5) Petr Ondrašík 11 2 2 2 2 3 11 5
6 Czechoslovakia (6) Vaclav Verner 9 3 1 1 2 2 9 6
7 Soviet Union (4) Michail Starostin 7 2 2 F 3 E 7 7
8 Poland (8) Jerzy Rembas 7 X 1 3 1 2 7 8
9 West Germany (14) Georg Hack 7 1 2 2 F 2 7 9
10 Czechoslovakia (11) Milan Spinka 6 3 2 0 0 1 6 10
11 Czechoslovakia (10) Zdeněk Kudrna 6 X 3 1 1 1 6 11
12 Poland (2) Andrzej Huszcza 6 F E 3 2 1 6 12
13 West Germany (3) Andrew Curworth 3 1 0 1 0 1 3 13
14 Poland (12) Wojciech Zabialowicz 2 1 0 0 1 F 2 14
15 Soviet Union (15) Nikolay Kornev 2 0 1 1 E F 2 15
16 Poland (9) Edward Jancarz 0 F - - - 0 16
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

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

Intercontinental 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
1 England (1) Chris Morton 12 2 1 3 3 3 12 1 3
2 United States (5) Bruce Penhall 12 3 3 1 3 2 12 2 2
3 Australia (15) Billy Sanders 11 1 3 3 2 2 11 3 3
4 Finland (3) Kai Niemi 11 3 2 2 1 3 11 4 2
5 Denmark (16) Finn Thomsen 10 2 2 1 2 3 10 5
6 England (8) Dave Jessup 9 2 3 0 3 1 9 6
7 England (13) Michael Lee 9 3 0 3 1 2 9 7
8 England (9) John Davis 9 1 2 3 1 2 9 8
9 Denmark (4) Hans Nielsen 8 1 1 X 3 3 8 9
10 England (2) Peter Collins 7 0 3 2 2 0 7 10
11 Denmark (7) Ole Olsen 6 1 1 2 1 1 6 11
12 United States (11) Scott Autrey 6 3 0 2 E 1 6 12
13 New Zealand (14) Ivan Mauger 5 0 2 1 2 0 5 13
14 England (12) John Louis 3 2 0 0 0 1 3 14
15 New Zealand (6) Mitch Shirra 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 15
16 Denmark (10) Bent Leif Rasmussen 0 0 0 F - - 0 16
R1 England (R1) Gordon Kennett 0 0 0 R1
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

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

World final[edit]

  • 5 September 1980
  • Sweden Göteborg, Ullevi[1]
  • Referee: (Norway) Torrie Kittlesen
  • Attendance: 35,000 (approx)
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 England Michael Lee (2,3,3,3,3) 14
2 England Dave Jessup (3,2,2,2,3) 12+3
3 Australia Billy Sanders (3,1,3,2,3) 12+2
4 Sweden Jan Andersson (3,0,2,3,3) 11
5 United States Bruce Penhall (3,2,1,1,2) 9
6 England John Davis (2,1,1,3,2) 9
7 England Peter Collins (1,3,3,1,0) 8
8 Finland Kai Niemi (0,1,3,2,2) 8
9 England Chris Morton (2,1,1,3,1) 8
10 Denmark Finn Thomsen (2,3,1,0,1) 7
11 Denmark Hans Nielsen (1,2,0,2,2) 7
12 Czechoslovakia Aleš Dryml, Sr. (0,3,2,0,0) 5
13 Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl (1,2,0,1,1) 5
14 West Germany Egon Müller (1,0,2,R,1) 4
15 Poland Zenon Plech (R,0,0,1,0) 1
16 Czechoslovakia Petr Ondrašík (0,0,0,0,0) 0
R1 Denmark Ole Olsen did not ride -
R2 Czechoslovakia Vaclav Verner did not ride -

References[edit]

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