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 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 victory ending when his bike's engine seized while leading heat 14 causing him to not finish the race.

World final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 United Kingdom Simon Wigg (1,3,3,3,2) 12+3
3 United Kingdom 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) 2
R1 United Kingdom Alan Grahame did not ride -
R2 Hungary Jozsef Petrikovics did not ride -

* Troy Butler replaced the injured Jan O. Pedersen

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