2000 Speedway Grand Prix

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2000 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
Dates May 6 - September 23
Events 6 in 6 cities in 5 countries
Riders 22 permanents,
2 wild card(s)
Heats 144 (in 6 events)
Champion Gold  GBR Mark Loram
Runner-up Silver  USA Billy Hamill
3rd place Bronze  SWE Tony Rickardsson

The 2000 Speedway Grand Prix season was the sixth 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[edit]

The 2000 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 6 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Markéta Stadium
United States Billy Hamill United Kingdom Mark Loram United Kingdom Chris Louis Australia Todd Wiltshire results
2 June 3 Sweden Linköping , Sweden
Motorstadium
Australia Jason Crump United Kingdom Mark Loram Australia Todd Wiltshire Sweden Tony Rickardsson results
3 July 1 Poland Wrocław , Poland
Olympic Stadium
Sweden Tony Rickardsson United States Billy Hamill United Kingdom Chris Louis Australia Leigh Adams results
4 July 29 United Kingdom Coventry , Great Britain
Brandon Stadium
United Kingdom Martin Dugard Australia Ryan Sullivan United Kingdom Mark Loram Australia Jason Lyons results
5 September 2 Denmark Vojens , Denmark
Speedway Center
United States Greg Hancock Australia Jason Crump Sweden Stefan Dannö Denmark Nicki Pedersen results
6 September 23 Poland Bydgoszcz , Poland
Polonia Stadium
United States Billy Hamill United States Greg Hancock Sweden Tony Rickardsson Australia Jason Crump 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
DEN
Denmark
EUR
Poland
Gold United Kingdom (16) Mark Loram 102 20 20 15 18 15 14
Silver United States (11) Billy Hamill 95 25 6 20 5 14 25
Bronze Sweden (1) Tony Rickardsson 94 14 16 25 14 7 18
4 Australia (6) Jason Crump 88 5 25 12 10 20 16
5 United States (7) Greg Hancock 76 7 5 7 12 25 20
6 Australia (5) Leigh Adams 65 6 10 16 15 12 6
7 Poland (2) Tomasz Gollob 64 15 14 14 6 15
8 Australia (21) Todd Wiltshire 63 16 18 7 7 3 12
9 Australia (8) Ryan Sullivan 62 8 12 8 20 8 6
10 United Kingdom (10) Chris Louis 60 18 7 18 8 5 4
11 Sweden (3) Jimmy Nilsen 42 6 15 5 6 2 8
12 Sweden (9) Stefan Dannö 41 3 4 10 6 18 0
13 Sweden (12) Mikael Karlsson 39 12 8 4 8 5 2
14 Sweden (15) Henrik Gustafsson 39 8 4 2 5 10 10
15 Sweden (19) Peter Karlsson 35 3 2 8 7 8 7
16 United Kingdom (4) Joe Screen 34 5 5 6 3 7 8
17 Czech Republic (18) Antonín Kasper, Jr. 32 7 6 5 4 6 4
18 United Kingdom (13) Carl Stonehewer 30 10 7 3 4 3 3
19 United Kingdom (23) Martin Dugard 25 25
20 Denmark (23) Nicki Pedersen 17 1 16
21 Poland (22) Rafał Dobrucki 16 4 3 3 1 5
22 Australia (28) Jason Lyons 16 16
23 Denmark (20) Brian Andersen 15 4 2 1 2 4 2
24 Denmark (14) Brian Karger 13 2 3 4 1 2 1
25 United Kingdom (17) Andy Smith 10 2 1 1 2 1 3
26 Norway (24) Rune Holta 8 8
27 Poland (24) Jarosław Hampel 7 7
28 Poland (24) Sebastian Ułamek 6 6
29 Denmark (24) Jesper B. Jensen 4 4
30 Poland (23) Piotr Protasiewicz 3 2 1
31 United Kingdom (24) Lee Richardson 3 3
32 Czech Republic (23) Michal Makovský 1 1
33 Czech Republic (24) Bohumil Brhel 1 1
34 Denmark (25) John Jørgensen 1 1
Pos. Rider Points CZE
Czech Republic
SWE
Sweden
POL
Poland
GBR
United Kingdom
DEN
Denmark
EUR
Poland

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