1985 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1985 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1985 Individual Speedway World Championship was an event in the sport of motorcycle speedway, held at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, United Kingdom on 31 August 1985.

Odsal Stadium was chosen by the FIM to host the 1985 Final; the first time that the final had been held in England at a venue other than London's Wembley Stadium.

A crowd of around 30,000 attended the 1985 Final, which was won by defending champion Erik Gundersen of Denmark from fellow Dane Hans Nielsen and surprise third placing Sam Ermolenko of the United States. All three riders finished the meeting on 13 points and were forced into a run-off to decide the podium placings. The only English rider in the field, 21 year old Kelvin Tatum, finished 8th with 8 points in his first World Final. He won his first race, but later admitted that he let the occasion get to him which affected his riding.

Qualification Rounds[edit]

Overseas Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Points Details
1 United States Shawn Moran 14+3
2 England Kenny Carter 14+2
3 United States Lance King 12
4 England Andy Smith 11
5 England John Davis 11
6 England Kelvin Tatum 10
7 United States John Cook 8
8 Australia Phil Crump 8
9 United States Sam Ermolenko 7
10 England Phil Collins 6+3
11 England Chris Morton 6+2
12 England Neil Collins 5
13 Australia Stan Bear 5
14 New Zealand David Bargh 2
15 United States Rick Miller 1
16 England Les Collins 0

Continental Final[edit]

  • 21 July 1985
  • West Germany Pocking, Rottalstadion
  • Referee:
  • Qualification: Top 5 plus one reserve to the World Final
Pos. Rider Points Details
1 West Germany Egon Müller 14
2 Italy Armando Castagna 13
3 Hungary Zoltan Adorjan 12
4 Soviet Union Viktor Kuznetsov 11+3
5 West Germany Karl Maier 11+2
6 Poland Grzegorz Dzikowski 11+1
7 Czech Republic Antonín Kasper, Jr. 10
8 Czech Republic Petr Vandirek 8
9 Hungary Sandor Tihanyi 7
10 Czech Republic Aleš Dryml, Sr. 6
11 Czech Republic Lubomir Jedek 6
12 West Germany Klaus Lausch 5
13 Austria Heinrich Schatzer 4
14 Czech Republic Vaclav Verner 2
15 Hungary Zoltan Hajdu 1
16 Hungary Laszlo Bodi 0
R1 Italy Giorgio Zaramella 0
R2 Poland Andrzej Huszcza 0

InterContinental Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Points Details
1 United States Shawn Moran 14
2 United States Lance King 12
3 Denmark Hans Nielsen 12
4 Sweden Jan Andersson 11
5 Finland Kai Niemi 10
6 Denmark Tommy Knudsen 9
7 United States Sam Ermolenko 9
8 England Kelvin Tatum 8
9 United States John Cook 8
10 Denmark Erik Gundersen 7
11 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen 6
12 England Phil Collins 5
13 England John Davis 3
14 England Andy Smith 2
15 Australia Phil Crump 2
16 England Kenny Carter 2
R1 Denmark John Jørgensen 0
R2 England Chris Morton 0

World final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Denmark Erik Gundersen (1,3,3,3,3) 13+3
2 Denmark Hans Nielsen (3,3,3,1,3) 13+2
3 United States Sam Ermolenko (2,3,3,2,3) 13+1
4 Finland Kai Niemi (2,3,2,3,0) 10
5 United States Shawn Moran (3,1,1,3,2) 10
6 Denmark Tommy Knudsen (2,2,1,2,3) 10
7 United States John Cook (0,2,3,3,1) 9
8 England Kelvin Tatum (3,0,1,2,2) 8
9 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen (3,1,1,1,1) 7
10 Sweden Jan Andersson (1,1,2,1,2) 7
11 United States Lance King (0,2,2,1,1) 6
12 Germany Egon Müller (2,1,0,2,0) 5
13 Italy Armando Castagna (0,2,2,0,0) 4
14 Hungary Zoltán Adorján (0,0,0,0,2) 2
15 Soviet Union Viktor Kuzniecov (1,0,0,0,1) 2
16 Germany Karl Maier (1,0,0,0,0) 1
R1 Poland Grzegorz Dzikowski did not ride -
R2 England Phil Collins 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