1999 Speedway Grand Prix

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1999 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
Dates May 8 – September 25
Events 6 in 6 cities in 5 countries
Riders 22 permanents,
2 wild card(s)
Heats 144 (in 6 events)
Champion Gold  SWE Tony Rickardsson
Runner-up Silver  POL Tomasz Gollob
3rd place Bronze  DEN Hans Nielsen

The 1999 Speedway Grand Prix season was the fifth season in the Speedway Grand Prix era and was used to determine the Speedway World Champion.

Event format[edit]

The system first used in 1998 continued to be adopted with 24 riders, divided into two classes. The eight best would be directly qualified for the "Main Event", while the sixteen others would be knocked out if they finished out of the top two in 4-man heats on two occasions – while they would go through if they finished inside the top two on two occasions. This resulted in 10 heats, where eight proceeded to the Main Event, where exactly the same system was applied to give eight riders to a semi-final.

The semi-finals were then two heats of four, where the top two qualified for a final and the last two going towards the consolation final. The 4 finalists scored 25, 20, 18 and 16 points, with 5th to 8th scoring 15, 14, 12 and 10 point, and after that 8, 8, 7, 7, etc. Places after 8th place were awarded according to the time a rider was knocked out and, secondly, according to position in the last heat he rode in.

Qualification for Grand Prix[edit]

The 1999 season had 22 permanent riders and two wild cards at each event. The permanent riders are highlighted in the results table below.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 May 8 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Markéta Stadium
Poland Tomasz Gollob United States Greg Hancock Australia Jason Crump Sweden Jimmy Nilsen results
2 June 4 Sweden Linköping , Sweden
Motorstadium
United Kingdom Mark Loram Sweden Jimmy Nilsen Sweden Tony Rickardsson Australia Leigh Adams results
3 July 3 Poland Wrocław , Poland
Olympic Stadium
Poland Tomasz Gollob Sweden Jimmy Nilsen Sweden Stefan Dannö Sweden Tony Rickardsson results
4 July 31 United Kingdom Coventry , Great Britain
Brandon Stadium
Sweden Tony Rickardsson United Kingdom Chris Louis United States Greg Hancock Denmark Hans Nielsen results
5 August 28 Poland Bydgoszcz , Poland
Polonia Stadium
Denmark Hans Nielsen Sweden Tony Rickardsson Australia Ryan Sullivan United Kingdom Mark Loram results
6 September 25 Denmark Vojens , Denmark
Speedway Center
Sweden Tony Rickardsson United Kingdom Mark Loram Denmark Hans Nielsen United Kingdom Joe Screen results

Final standings[edit]

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos. Rider Points CZE
Czech Republic
SWE
Sweden
POL
Poland
GBR
United Kingdom
PL2
Poland
DEN
Denmark
Gold Sweden (1) Tony Rickardsson 111 7 18 16 25 20 25
Silver Poland (3) Tomasz Gollob 98 25 15 25 10 15 8
Bronze Denmark (4) Hans Nielsen 76 6 1 10 16 25 18
4 Sweden (2) Jimmy Nilsen 73 16 20 20 8 4 5
5 United Kingdom (23)(25) Mark Loram 71 25 2 8 16 20
6 United Kingdom (19) Joe Screen 68 12 5 15 12 8 16
7 Australia (13) Leigh Adams 67 4 16 5 14 14 14
8 Australia (8) Jason Crump 66 18 7 12 15 8 6
9 United States (6) Greg Hancock 62 20 7 4 18 7 6
10 Australia (7) Ryan Sullivan 55 6 3 14 7 18 7
11 Sweden (17) Stefan Dannö 52 10 12 18 5 5 2
12 United Kingdom (5) Chris Louis 50 8 6 5 20 7 4
13 Sweden (10) Peter Karlsson 45 8 14 6 4 5 8
14 Sweden (18) Mikael Karlsson 45 7 5 8 7 6 12
15 Czech Republic (11) Antonín Kasper, Jr. 39 15 10 7 3 2 2
16 Denmark (9) Brian Karger 36 3 8 6 6 3 10
17 Sweden (15) Henrik Gustafsson 35 5 2 7 4 10 7
18 United States (22) Billy Hamill 35 2 3 3 6 6 15
19 Denmark (20) John Jørgensen 32 14 8 3 2 1 4
20 United Kingdom (16) Andy Smith 22 5 6 1 5 4 1
21 Poland (21) Robert Dados 20 4 4 4 1 2 5
22 Denmark (14) Brian Andersen 12 3 1 2 2 3 1
23 Poland (23) Jacek Gollob 12 12
24 Czech Republic (12) Marian Jirout 8 1 2 1 1 3
25 Poland (24) Rafał Dobrucki 8 8
26 Poland (24) Sebastian Ułamek 4 4
27 United Kingdom (24) Scott Nicholls 3 3
28 Denmark (24) Jesper B. Jensen 3 3
29 Czech Republic (23) Antonín Šváb, Jr. 2 2
30 Poland (24) Piotr Protasiewicz 2 1 1
Pos. Rider Points CZE
Czech Republic
SWE
Sweden
POL
Poland
GBR
United Kingdom
PL2
Poland
DEN
Denmark

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