1989 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1989 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1989 Individual Speedway World Championship was the 45th Speedway World Championship held since it was first held in 1936. It was the second time the championship was held in West Germany after previously being held in Norden in 1983.

Summary[edit]

The World Final was held at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. Hans Nielsen made up for his 1988 run-off defeat to fellow Dane Erik Gundersen by scoring a 15 point maximum to take his 3rd World Championship. Neilsen joined Ove Fundin (Sweden), Barry Briggs and Ivan Mauger (New Zealand), Ole Olsen and Erik Gundersen (Denmark), as a three time Speedway World Champion.

Simon Wigg from England finished second with the slick, 400 metres (440 yards) track suiting his Long track style. Wigg defeated fellow Englishman Jeremy Doncaster in a run-off for second and third places.

In what would prove to be his last World Final before his career ending crash in the World Team Cup Final at the Odsal Stadium in England just two weeks later, Erik Gundersen finished in fourth place. His chances of an outright second place finish (after having finished second behind Nielsen in Heat 4) ended when his bike's engine seized while leading heat 9 causing him to not finish the race. In a sad twist, it was also seized engine in Heat 1 of the World Team Cup Final that would cause Gundersen's career ending crash.

Australian rider Troy Butler had a lucky passage to the World Final. After finishing fourth in the Australian Championship, he replaced countryman Jamie Fagg in the Commonwealth Final, finishing eighth to qualify for the Overseas Final. He then finished tenth in the Overseas Final to be the first reserve for the Intercontinental Final. He then got a start in the Intercontinental Final at Bradford when Overseas champion Sam Ermolenko injured his back in a horrific Long track crash and was forced to withdraw (the American would be out for over 6 months). Butler would finish twelfth in the IC Final to become a reserve for the World Final where he once again came in as an injury replacement when Dane Jan O. Pedersen was forced to pull out. The 1986 Australian Champion ultimately finished twelfth in Munich, finishing with 4 points (two second places) from his 5 rides.

Overseas Series[edit]

New Zealand Qualification[edit]

  • First 3 from New Zealand final to Commonwealth final
Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
South Island Final
 ?? New ZealandNelson Speedway New Zealand Mark Thorpe  ??  ??
North Island Final
 ?? New ZealandWanganui Speedway New Zealand Gary Allan  ??  ??
New Zealand Final
 ?? New ZealandWestern Springs Stadium New Zealand Larry Ross New Zealand Gary Allan New Zealand Mark Thorpe


Australian Qualification[edit]

  • First 3 from Australian final to Commonwealth final
Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Northern Territory Championship
 ?? AustraliaTennant Creek Speedway Australia Jamie Fagg Australia Glen Baxter  ??
Victorian Championship
 ?? AustraliaOlympic Park Speedway Australia Leigh Adams Australia Phil Crump  ??
New South Wales Championship
 ?? AustraliaLiverpool City Raceway Australia Steven Davies Australia Craig Boyce Australia Mick Poole
South Australian Championship
23 December AustraliaNorth Arm Speedway Australia Craig Hodgson Australia Mark Fiora Australia Shane Parker
Queensland Championship
 ?? AustraliaRockhampton Showground Australia Troy Butler  ??  ??
Western Australian Championship
 ?? AustraliaClaremont Speedway Australia Glenn Doyle  ??  ??
Australian Championship Final
 ?? AustraliaNewcastle Motordrome Australia Glenn Doyle Steven Davies Australia Jamie Fagg


Swedish Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Semi-Finals
30 April Sweden Målilla Sweden Conny Ivarsson Sweden Peter Nahlin Sweden Mikael Ritterwall
1 May Sweden Visby Sweden Tony Olsson Sweden Per Jonsson Sweden Jan Andersson
Final
16 May Sweden Nässjö Sweden Jimmy Nilsen Sweden Per Jonsson Sweden Mikael Blixt
17 May Sweden Nyköping Sweden Per Jonsson Sweden Mikael Blixt Sweden Jan Andersson
18 May Sweden Karlstad Sweden Per Jonsson Sweden Erik Stenlund Sweden Mikael Blixt

Swedish Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Scores Total
1 Sweden Per Jonsson 13+15+14 42
2 Sweden Mikael Blixt 13+13+11 37
3 Sweden Jan Andersson 11+12+11 34
4 Sweden Jimmy Nilsen 14+11+8 33
5 Sweden Erik Stenlund 9+10+13 32
6 Sweden Tony Olsson 11+8+11 30
7 Sweden Niklas Karlsson 7+8+9 24
8 Sweden Peter Karlsson 8+9+5 22
9 Sweden Christer Rohlén 6+6+8 20
10 Sweden Conny Ivarsson 8+4+7 19
11 Sweden Dennis Löfqvist 5+7+3 15
12 Sweden Mikael Teurnberg 1+4+10 15
13 Sweden Mikael Ritterwall 6+1+3 10
14 Sweden Peter Nahlin 4+6+ns 10
15 Sweden Tommy Nilsson 3+5+0 8
16 Sweden Kenneth Lindby ns+ns+5 5
17 Sweden Tommy Lindgren 1+1+ns 2


Danish Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Denmark Erik Gundersen 14+3
2 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen 14+2
3 Denmark Brian Karger 14+1
4 Denmark Hans Nielsen 12
5 Denmark John Jørgensen 11
6 Denmark Peter Ravn 9
7 Denmark Allan Johansen 9
8 Denmark Ole Hansen 7+3
9 Denmark Kenneth Arnfred 7+2
10 Denmark Jan Stæchmann 6
11 Denmark Per Sörensen 5
12 Denmark John Eskildsen 3
13 Denmark Jan Jakobsen 3
14 Denmark Henrik Kristensen 3
15 Denmark Jens-Henry Nielsen 2
16 Denmark Jan Petersen (Res) 1
17 Denmark Torben Hansen 0


British Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 England Simon Wigg 14
2 England Kelvin Tatum 12+3
3 England Alan Grahame 12+2
4 England Les Collins 11
5 England Andy Phillips 10
6 England Andy Grahame 7
7 England Martin Dugard 7
8 England Neil Collins 7
9 England Andy Smith 7
10 England Jeremy Doncaster 7
11 England Neil Evitts 6
12 England John Davis 5
13 England Mark Courtney 5
14 England Graham Jones 4
15 England Andrew Silver 2
16 England Marvyn Cox 2


American Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 United States Sam Ermolenko 19+3
2 United States Shawn Moran 19+2
3 United States Ronnie Correy 19+1
4 United States Lance King 17
5 United States Rick Miller 16
6 United States Bobby Schwartz 14
7 United States Mike Faria 14
8 United States Gary Hicks 12
9 United States Bart Bast 12
10 United States Billy Hamill 10
11 United States Louis Kossuth 8
12 United States Greg Hancock 7
13 United States Ed Castro 7
14 United States Alan Christian 7
15 United States Steve Lucero 7
16 United States Brad Oxley 5
17 United States John Sizemore 3
18 Canada Shawn Venables 1
19 United States Scotty Brown 1
20 Canada John Kehoe 1


Commonwealth Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 England Simon Wigg 13
2 New Zealand Mitch Shirra* 12+3
3 England Neil Collins 12+2
4 England Andy Grahame 9
5 England Kelvin Tatum 9
6 England Andy Smith 9
7 England Jeremy Doncaster 8
8 Australia Troy Butler* 7
9 England Andy Phillips 7
10 England Martin Dugard 7
11 Australia Steven Davies 7
12 England Andy Grahame 7
13 England Les Collins 6
14 New Zealand Gary Allan 5
15 Australia Glenn Doyle 0
16 New Zealand Darren Wilson* 0

*Mitch Shirra and Darren Wilson replaced Larry Ross and Mark Thorpe. Troy Butler replaced Jamie Fagg.


Nordic Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen 14+3
2 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen 14+2
3 Denmark Erik Gundersen 12
4 Denmark Peter Ravn 10
5 Sweden Tony Olsson 9
6 Denmark John Jørgensen 8+3
7 Finland Olli Tyrväinen 8+2
8 Sweden Erik Stenlund 8+1
9 Sweden Mikael Blixt 7
10 Finland Kai Niemi 7
11 Norway Lars Gunnestad 6
12 Sweden Per Jonsson 5
13 Denmark Brian Karger 5
14 Sweden Jimmy Nilsen 4
15 Sweden Peter Karlsson 2
16 Norway Arne Svendsen 1


Overseas Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 United States Sam Ermolenko 13
2 England Kelvin Tatum 12
3 United States Ronnie Correy 11+3
4 England Simon Wigg 11+2
5 England Andy Grahame 9
6 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 9
7 England Andy Grahame 8
8 England Jeremy Doncaster 8
9 England Andy Smith 8
10 Australia Troy Butler 6+3
11 England Martin Dugard 6+2
12 United States Lance King 5
13 Australia Steven Davies 5
14 United States Rick Miller* 4
15 England Neil Collins 4
16 England Andy Phillips 1

* Rick Miller replaced Shawn Moran. Bobby Schwartz came in as the reserve rider


Continental Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Hungary Zoltán Adorján 14
2 West Germany Karl Maier 10+
3 Czech Republic Roman Matousek 10+
4 West Germany Gerd Riss 10+
5 Czech Republic Bohumil Brhel 10+
6 Hungary Jozsef Petrikovics 10+
7 Soviet Union Rif Saitgareev 10+
8 Hungary Antal Kocso 10+
9 Czech Republic Antonín Kasper, Jr. 8
10 Hungary Sándor Tihanyi 8
11 Poland Ryszard Dolomisiewicz 7
12 Czech Republic Zdenek Tesar 4
13 Soviet Union Igor Zverev 3
14 Poland Wojciech Zaluski (Res) 3
15 Soviet Union Igor Dubinin 2
16 Czech Republic Pavel Karnas 1
17 Poland Roman Jankowski 0


Intercontinental Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 England Kelvin Tatum 13+3
2 Denmark Erik Gundersen 13+2
3 Denmark Hans Nielsen 12+3
4 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 12+2
5 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen 9
6 England Simon Wigg 9
7 Sweden Tony Olsson 8
8 England Jeremy Doncaster 7
9 England Andy Smith 6
10 Finland Olli Tyrväinen 5+3
11 United States Ronnie Correy 5+2
12 Australia Troy Butler* 5+1
13 England Andy Grahame 5+0
14 Denmark Peter Ravn 4
15 England Andy Grahame 3
16 Denmark John Jørgensen 3
R1 England Martin Dugard 1
R2 Sweden Eric Stenlund 0

*Troy Butler replaced the injured Sam Ermolenko. Martin Dugard came in as the reserve rider.


World final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 England Simon Wigg (1,3,3,3,2) 12+3
3 England Jeremy Doncaster (3,2,1,3,3) 12+2
4 Denmark Erik Gundersen (2,3,R,3,3) 11
5 England Kelvin Tatum (3,3,2,2,Fx) 10
6 New Zealand Mitch Shirra (2,2,3,2,1) 10
7 United Kingdom Andy Smith (1,2,2,2,3) 10
8 Sweden Tony Olsson (1,1,3,1,2) 8
9 West Germany Gerd Riss (3,1,1,0,Fx) 5
10 Czech Republic Roman Matousek (0,2,0,1,2) 5
11 West Germany Karl Maier (2,1,1,0,1) 5
12 Australia Troy Butler* (2,0,2,0,0) 4
13 Finland Olli Tyrväinen (0,0,2,0,2) 4
14 United States Ronnie Correy (0,0,1,2,1) 4
15 Hungary Zoltán Adorján (1,1,0,1,1) 4
16 Czech Republic Bohumil Brhel (0,0,0,1,0) 1
R1 England Alan Grahame did not ride -
R2 Hungary Jozsef Petrikovics did not ride -

* Troy Butler replaced the injured Jan O. Pedersen. Alan Grahame came in as the reserve rider.

Classification[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 Denmark (13) Hans Nielsen 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 England (7) Simon Wigg 12+3 1 3 3 3 2 12 2
3 England (1) Jeremy Doncaster 12+2 3 2 1 3 3 12 3
4 Denmark (16) Erik Gundersen 11 2 2 e 3 3 10 4
5 England (11) Kelvin Tatum 10 3 3 2 2 Fx 10 5
6 New Zealand (3) Mitch Shirra 10 2 2 3 2 1 10 6
7 England (4) Andy Smith 10 1 2 2 2 3 10 7
8 Sweden (15) Tony Olsson 8 1 1 3 1 2 8 8
9 Germany (8) Gerd Riss 5 3 1 1 0 Fx 5 9
10 Czech Republic (14) Roman Matousek 5 0 2 0 1 2 5 10
11 Germany (5) Karl Maier 5 2 1 1 0 1 5 11
12 Australia (12) Troy Butler 4 2 0 2 0 0 4 12
13 Finland (9) Olli Tyrväinen 4 0 0 2 0 2 4 13
14 United States (6) Ronnie Correy 4 0 0 1 2 1 4 14
15 Hungary (10) Zoltán Adorján 4 1 1 0 1 1 4 15
16 Czech Republic (2) Bohumil Brhel 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 16
England (17) Alan Grahame 0 0
Hungary (18) Jozsef Petrikovics 0 0
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

References[edit]

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