2001 Speedway Grand Prix

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2001 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
Dates May 5 - September 29
Events 6 in 6 cities in 6 countries
Riders 22 permanents,
2 wild card(s)
Heats 144 (in 6 events)
Champion Gold  SWE Tony Rickardsson
Runner-up Silver  AUS Jason Crump
3rd place Bronze  POL Tomasz Gollob

The 2001 Speedway Grand Prix season was the seventh season in the Speedway Grand Prix era and is 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 2001 season had 22 permanent riders and two wild cards at each event. The permanent riders are highlighted in the results table below.

Joe Screen had also qualified as a permanent rider for the 2001 season however as a result of injury he did not take part in any Grand Prix. He was replaced by first reserve, Henrik Gustafsson.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 May 5 Germany Berlin , Germany
F. L. Jahn Stadium
Poland Tomasz Gollob Sweden Henrik Gustafsson Denmark Nicki Pedersen Sweden Tony Rickardsson results
2 June 9 United Kingdom Cardiff , Great Britain
Millennium Stadium
Sweden Tony Rickardsson Australia Jason Crump Poland Tomasz Gollob Sweden Niklas Klingberg results
3 July 28 Denmark Vojens , Denmark
Speedway Center
Sweden Tony Rickardsson Australia Jason Crump Australia Leigh Adams Poland Tomasz Gollob results
4 August 18 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Marketa Stadium
United States Billy Hamill Sweden Tony Rickardsson Australia Jason Crump Poland Tomasz Gollob results
5 September 8 Poland Bydgoszcz , Poland
Polonia Stadium
Australia Jason Crump Sweden Tony Rickardsson Sweden Mikael Karlsson United States Billy Hamill results
6 September 29 Sweden Stockholm , Sweden
Stockholms Stadion
Australia Jason Crump Sweden Mikael Karlsson Australia Ryan Sullivan United Kingdom Mark Loram 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 GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
DEN
Denmark
CZE
Czech Republic
POL
Poland
SWE
Sweden
Gold Sweden (3) Tony Rickardsson 121 16 25 25 20 20 15
Silver Australia (4) Jason Crump 113 5 20 20 18 25 25
Bronze Poland (7) Tomasz Gollob 89 25 18 16 16 8 6
4 Australia (9) Ryan Sullivan 80 10 15 8 15 14 18
5 Australia (6) Leigh Adams 69 12 8 18 10 7 14
6 United States (2) Billy Hamill 61 5 3 4 25 16 8
7 Sweden (15) Mikael Karlsson 59 2 2 12 5 18 20
8 Australia (8) Todd Wiltshire 56 14 14 14 6 3 5
9 United Kingdom (1) Mark Loram 54 6 8 5 7 12 16
10 Sweden (21) Niklas Klingberg 54 4 16 15 8 4 7
11 Denmark (13) Nicki Pedersen 52 18 7 7 6 8 6
12 United Kingdom (12) Carl Stonehewer 46 7 5 4 12 6 12
13 United States (5) Greg Hancock 43 8 6 5 4 10 10
14 Norway (14) Rune Holta 41 1 2 10 8 15 5
15 Sweden (11) Peter Karlsson 39 15 8 2 6 8
16 Poland (26) Grzegorz Walasek 34 10 6 14 4
17 Sweden (25) Henrik Gustafsson 33 20 3 2 3 2 3
18 Denmark (19) Brian Andersen 23 8 5 3 4 1 2
19 Slovenia (22) Matej Ferjan 21 7 7 1 2 3 1
20 Poland (16) Piotr Protasiewicz 20 4 6 1 5 2 2
21 Sweden (17) Jimmy Nilsen 20 1 12 7
22 United Kingdom (20) Andy Smith 12 3 1 2 1 1 4
23 Czech Republic (23) (27) Antonín Kasper, Jr. 11 3 5 3
24 Czech Republic (24) Bohumil Brhel 7 7
25 Poland (24) Jarosław Hampel 7 7
26 Sweden (24) Andreas Jonsson 7 7
27 United Kingdom (10) Chris Louis 6 3 1 1 1
28 Germany (23) Robert Barth 6 6
29 Denmark (23) Hans Clausen 6 6
30 Poland (23) Krzysztof Cegielski 5 5
31 United Kingdom (23) Martin Dugard 4 4
32 Sweden (23) Stefan Andersson 4 4
33 United Kingdom (24) Scott Nicholls 4 4
34 Denmark (24) Jesper B. Jensen 3 3
35 Germany (24) Mirko Wolter 2 2
Rider(s) not classified
United Kingdom (18) Joe Screen
Pos. Rider Points GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
DEN
Denmark
CZE
Czech Republic
POL
Poland
SWE
Sweden

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