1991 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1991 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1991 Individual Speedway World Championship.

Diminutive Danish rider Jan O. Pedersen won his first and only World Championship with a 15 point maximum from his five rides, the last time a rider would have a perfect score in the Final. Local favourite Tony Rickardsson finished second with 12 points, with triple champion Hans Nielsen of Denmark finishing third on 11 points after defeating fellow Dane Tommy Knudsen in a run-off.

Defending champion Per Jonsson finished in ninth place with 7 points.

Overseas Qualification[edit]

Australian Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place 4th place
Northern Territory Championship
17 November 1990 AustraliaTennant Creek Speedway Australia Wayne Bridgeford Australia Glen Baxter Australia Trevor O'Brien
Queensland Championship
1 December 1990 AustraliaMac's Speedway Australia Troy Butler Australia Darren Winkler Australia Alan Rivett
Victorian Championship
23 December 1990 AustraliaOlympic Park Speedway Australia Leigh Adams Australia Jason Lyons Australia Phil Crump
New South Wales Championship
26 December 1990 AustraliaNewcastle Motordrome Australia Craig Boyce Australia Todd Wiltshire Australia Stephen Davies
Western Australian Championship
28 December 1990 AustraliaClaremont Speedway Australia Glenn Doyle Australia David Cheshire Australia Michael Carter
South Australian Championship
29 December 1990 AustraliaRiverview Speedway Australia Shane Parker Australia Damon Richardson Australia Brett Tomkins
Last Chance Qualifying
19 January 1991 AustraliaArunga Park Speedway Australia Shane Bowes Australia Scott Norman Australia Mark Lemon Australia Glyn Taylor
Australian Solo Championship
27 January 1991 AustraliaArunga Park Speedway Australia Craig Boyce Australia Glenn Doyle Australia Glyn Taylor Australia David Cheshire

Australian Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Australia Craig Boyce 15
2 Australia Glenn Doyle 14
3 Australia Glyn Taylor 12
4 Australia David Cheshire 10+3
5 Australia Todd Wiltshire 10+2
6 Australia Shane Bowes 10+1
7 Australia Phil Crump* 9
8 Australia Troy Butler 8
9 Australia Shane Parker 8
10 Australia Scott Norman 5
11 Australia Damon Richardson 5
12 Australia Mark Lemon 5
13 Australia Wayne Bridgeford 3
14 Australia Darren Winkler 2
15 Australia Glen Baxter 2
16 Australia Jason Lyons 2

* Phil Crump replaced injured Victorian Champion Leigh Adams


New Zealand Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
South Island Final
 ?? New ZealandRuapuna Speedway New Zealand Mark Lyndon  ??  ??
North Island Final
 ?? New ZealandGisborne Speedway New Zealand David Bargh  ??  ??
New Zealand Final
14 February New ZealandAwapundi Speedway New Zealand David Bargh New Zealand Chris Martin New Zealand Mark Thorpe


American Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 United States Rick Miller 15
2 United States Sam Ermolenko 14
3 United States Ronnie Correy 13
4 United States Kelly Moran 11
5 United States Billy Hamill 10+3
6 United States Bobby Ott 10+2
7 United States Gary Hicks 9
8 United States Bobby Schwartz 7
9 United States Mike Faria 7
10 United States Greg Hancock 6
11 United States Lance King 5
12 United States Louis Kossuth 4
13 United States Steve Lucero 3
14 United States Brad Oxley 3
15 United States Andy Northrup 2
16 United States Josh Larsen (Res) 1
17 Canada John Kehoe 0


Swedish Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Scores Total
1 Sweden Henrik Gustafsson 15+14+11 40
2 Sweden Per Jonsson 11+11+14 37
3 Sweden Tony Rickardsson 12+12+9 33
4 Sweden Jimmy Nilsen 13+12+8 33
5 Sweden Mikael Blixt 8+9+12 29
6 Sweden Erik Stenlund 11+6+10 27
7 Sweden Conny Ivarsson 3+11+12 26
8 Sweden Peter Karlsson 8+8+7 23
9 Sweden Stefan Dannö 10+5+4 19
10 Sweden Claes Ivarsson 4+3+11 18
11 Sweden Tony Olsson 2+7+6 15
12 Sweden Mikael Karlsson 5+5+5 15
13 Sweden Mikael Teurnberg 7+1+5 13
14 Sweden Peter Nahlin 3+9+1 13
15 Sweden Mikael Löfqvist 5+4+1 10
16 Sweden Mikael Ritterwall 3+3+2 8


British Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 United Kingdom Gary Havelock 15
2 United Kingdom Kelvin Tatum 13
3 United Kingdom Chris Louis 11
4 United Kingdom Paul Thorp 10
5 United Kingdom Jeremy Doncaster 10
6 United Kingdom Neil Collins 9
7 United Kingdom Andy Smith 8
8 United Kingdom Martin Dugard 8
9 United Kingdom Sean Wilson 7
10 United Kingdom Joe Screen 7
11 United Kingdom Mark Loram 5+3
12 United Kingdom John Davis 5+2
13 United Kingdom Alan Grahame 4
14 United Kingdom Richard Knight 3
15 United Kingdom David Mullett 3
16 United Kingdom Steve Schofield 0


Danish Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen 15
2 Denmark Tommy Knudsen 14
3 Denmark Hans Nielsen 12+3
4 Denmark John Jörgensen 12+2
5 Denmark Gert Handberg 10
6 Denmark Bo Petersen 9
7 Denmark Jan Jacobsen 8
8 Denmark Brian Karger 6
9 Denmark Jan Staechmann 6
10 Denmark Jens-Henry Nielsen 6
11 Denmark Allan Johansen 6
12 Denmark Tom Knudsen 5
13 Denmark Per Sörensen 4
14 Denmark Jan Petersen 3
15 Denmark Lars Munkedal 3
16 Denmark Lars-Henrik Jörgensen 1


Commonwealth Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 United Kingdom Jeremy Doncaster 14
2 Australia Leigh Adams 10+3
3 United Kingdom Joe Screen 10+2
4 United Kingdom Paul Thorp 10+1
5 United Kingdom Kelvin Tatum 9
6 Australia Glenn Doyle 9
7 United Kingdom Neil Collins 8
8 United Kingdom Gary Havelock 8
9 Australia Todd Wiltshire* 7
10 United Kingdom Andy Smith 7
11 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 7
12 United Kingdom Chris Louis 6
13 United Kingdom Sean Wilson 5
14 New Zealand Gary Allan 4
15 United Kingdom Martin Dugard 4
16 Australia Craig Boyce 1

* Todd Wiltshire replaced Glyn Taylor


Overseas Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 United Kingdom Kelvin Tatum 13
2 United States Sam Ermolenko 12+3
3 United States Billy Hamill 12+2
4 United Kingdom Andy Smith 11
5 United Kingdom Paul Thorp 10
6 United States Ronnie Correy 9
7 United Kingdom Jeremy Doncaster 7
8 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 7
9 United States Kelly Moran 7
10 Australia Todd Wiltshire 6+3
11 Australia Glenn Doyle 6+2
12 United Kingdom Joe Screen 5
13 United States Rick Miller 4
14 United Kingdom Gary Havelock 4
15 Australia Leigh Adams 4
16 United Kingdom Neil Collins 3


Nordic Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen 13
2 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen 12
3 Sweden Jimmy Nilsen 11
4 Sweden Henrik Gustafsson 10
5 Sweden Per Jonsson 9
6 Norway Lars Gunnestad 9
7 Denmark Gert Handberg 8
8 Denmark Tommy Knudsen 8
9 Sweden Mikael Blixt 8
10 Sweden Tony Rickardsson 7+3
11 Norway Einar Kyllingstad 7+2
12 Finland Vesa Ylinen 7+1
13 Denmark Bo Petersen 4
14 Denmark John Jörgensen 4
15 Finland Juha Moksunen 1
16 Norway Tor Einar Hielm 1


Continental Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Continental Semi-final
June 23, 1991 Germany Landshut, Ellermühle Stadium Italy Armando Castagna Czech Republic Roman Matousek Germany Gerd Riss
Continental Semi-final
June 23, 1991 Italy Lonigo, Pista Speedway Poland Ryszard Dolomisiewicz Hungary Zoltán Adorján Hungary Róbert Nagy


World Semi-Final #1[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 United States Billy Hamill 12
2 Sweden Jimmy Nilsen 11
3 Sweden Per Jonsson 10+3
4 United Kingdom Paul Thorp 10+2
5 Czech Republic Roman Matousek 9
6 Italy Armando Castagna 9
7 United Kingdom Jeremy Doncaster 9
8 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 9
9 Sweden Mikael Blixt 8+3
10 Sweden Henrik Gustafsson 8+2
11 Czech Republic Vladimir Kalina 7
12 Norway Lars Gunnestad 6
13 Hungary Zoltán Adorján 4
14 Czech Republic Petr Vandirek 4
15 Czech Republic Antonín Kasper, Jr. (Res) 2
16 Hungary Róbert Nagy 1
17 Ukraine Rif Saitgareev 1


World Semi-Final #2[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen 15
2 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen 14
3 Denmark Tommy Knudsen 12
4 United States Sam Ermolenko 11
5 Sweden Tony Rickardsson* 10
6 United States Ronnie Correy 8
7 United Kingdom Kelvin Tatum 8
8 Germany Gerd Riss 8
9 Denmark Gert Handberg 7+3
10 Hungary Jozsef Petrikovics 7+2
11 United States Kelly Moran 6
12 Poland Wojciech Zaluski 5
13 Czech Republic Václav Milík, Sr. 3
14 Czech Republic Zdenek Schneiderwind 3
15 Germany Klaus Lausch 2
16 Soviet Union Michail Starostin 1

* First reserve Tony Rickardsson replaced injured qualifier Andy Smith


World final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 Sweden Tony Rickardsson (2,3,3,2,2) 12
3 Denmark Hans Nielsen (2,3,1,3,2) 11+3
4 Denmark Tommy Knudsen (3,1,1,3,3) 11+2
5 Sweden Jimmy Nilsen (0,2,2,3,3) 10
6 England Paul Thorp (3,2,2,2,1) 10
7 United States Sam Ermolenko (2,3,2,0,2) 9
8 England Kelvin Tatum (1,2,3,2,0) 8
9 Sweden Per Jonsson (1,2,0,1,3) 7
10 United States Ronnie Correy (3,0,0,1,2) 6
11 Italy Armando Castagna (1,1,3,1,0) 6
12 United States Billy Hamill (2,X,2,1,1) 6
13 New Zealand Mitch Shirra (0,0,1,2,1) 4
14 Czech Republic Roman Matousek (0,1,1,0,0) 2
15 England Jeremy Doncaster (1,1,0,0,0) 2
16 Germany Gerd Riss (0,0,0,0,1) 1
R1 Sweden Mikael Blixt (-,0,-,-,-) 0
R2 Denmark Gert Handberg (-,-,-,-,-) -

References[edit]

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