Australia national speedway team

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Australia
Flag of Australia.svg
Team manager Mark Lemon
Team captain Chris Holder
Nation colour Green/Yellow
SWC Wins 4 (1976, 1999, 2001, 2002)
Squad
World Championships
Team (SWC) 4 4 3
Pairs 0 3 0
Individual (SGP) 8 7 12

Australia are one of the major teams in international motorcycle speedway with the country regarded as the birthplace of the sport in the 1920's. The current team is managed by former rider Mark Lemon, and captained by 2012 World Champion Chris Holder. Australia finished 3rd in the 2014 Speedway World Cup Final on 2 August in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Speedway World Cup[edit]

The Australian national speedway team has won both the Speedway World Team Cup (1960-2000) and the Speedway World Cup (2001-present) on two occasions respectively, and were a major force at the turn of the 21st century. The team won its first World Team Cup in 1976 with captain John Boulger, Phil Crump, Billy Sanders, Phil Herne and reserve Garry Middleton, but had to wait over 30 years before winning three tournaments out of four, between 1999 and 2002. Key riding members of the title wins since 1999 include Jason Crump (undefeated through the 2001 World Cup rounds and Final), Leigh Adams, Ryan Sullivan and Todd Wiltshire who took part in all three wins, while Jason Lyons rode in two (1999 and 2002) and Craig Boyce rode in 2001.[1]

Multi-time Australian and New South Wales champion Jim Airey won the 1971 Speedway World Team Cup in Wrocław, Poland, as part of the Great Britain team.

The current Australian team (at the 2014 SWC) is Chris Holder, dual Under-21 World Champion Darcy Ward, Jason Doyle and Troy Batchelor.

Year Venue Standings (Pts) Australia Riders and Pts
1976 England
London
White City Stadium
1. Australia AUSTRALIA (31)
2. Poland Poland (28)
3. Sweden Sweden (26)
4. Soviet Union Soviet Union (11)
Phil Crump 11
Billy Sanders 7
Phil Herne 7
John Boulger 6
Garry Middleton -
1999 Czech Republic
Pardubice
Svítkov Stadion
1. Australia AUSTRALIA (51)
2. Czech Republic Czech Republic (35)
3. United States USA (29)
4. England England (29)
Leigh Adams 14
Jason Crump 13+1
Ryan Sullivan 12+3
Jason Lyons 10+3
Todd Wiltshire 2+1
2001 Poland
Wrocław
Olympic Stadium
1. Australia AUSTRALIA (68)
2. Poland Poland (65)
3. Sweden Sweden (51)
4. Denmark Denmark (44)
5. United States USA (30)
Jason Crump 20
Leigh Adams 16
Ryan Sullivan 13
Todd Wiltshire 10
Craig Boyce 9
2002 England
Peterborough
East of England Showground
1. Australia AUSTRALIA (64)
2. Denmark Denmark (58)
3. Sweden Sweden (54)
4. Poland Poland (48)
5. Czech Republic Czech Republic (36)
Leigh Adams 17
Ryan Sullivan 17
Jason Crump 14
Todd Wiltshire 13
Jason Lyons 3
Key:
+1,2... - bonus points gained by finishing behind teammate
+1j,+2j... - extra points gained in joker ride

Team Under-21 World Championship[edit]

Year Place Pts. Riders
2005 Did not start in Qualifying Round 2
2006 Did not enter
2007 3rd place in Qualifying Round 1
2008 4 33 Chris Holder (16), Troy Batchelor (7), Tyron Proctor (7), Robert Ksiezak (2), Kozza Smith (1)
2009 Darcy Ward (18), Richard Sweetman (8), Justin Sedgmen (6), Josh Grajczonek (2), Mitchell Davey (1)
2010 Darcy Ward (15), Richard Sweetman (11), Sam Masters (9), Justin Sedgmen (8), Josh Grajczonek (3)
2011* Won Semi-final 2
Darcy Ward (15), Josh Grajczonek (14), Sam Masters (13), Justin Sedgmen (11), Richard Sweetman (10)
2012 2 44 Darcy Ward (14), Nick Morris (11), Dakota North (8), Sam Masters (6), Alex Davies (5)
2013 4 20 Darcy Ward (14), Alex Davies (4), Nick Morris (3), Tyson Nelson (2)
2014 Max Fricke (10), Mason Campton (10), Nick Morris (9+2), Ryan Douglas (8)
Year Place Pts. Riders

* Due to cost of travel and visa problems, Australia withdrew from the 2011 Final,

Honours[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Competitions Total Golden medals Silver medals Bronze medals
Total Years Total Years Total Years
Team
World Cup
(1960-2000)
(since 2001)
11 4 1976, 1999, 2001, 2002 4 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012 3 2007, 2013, 2014
Team U-21 (since 2005) 1 0 1 2012 0
Pairs (1970-1993) 3 0 3 1974, 1983, 1990 0
Individual
Grand Prix
(1936-1994)
(since 1995)
27 8 1936, 1938, 1951, 1952, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012 7 1983, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 12 1936, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1976, 1980, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010
Individual U-21 (since 1977) 13 5 1983, 1992, 1995, 2009, 2010 4 1996, 2007, 2008, 2011 4 1991, 1994, 1995, 1999
Total medals: 55 Gold: 17 Silver: 19 Bronze: 19

World Champions[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

Individual Under-21 World Championship[edit]

* Steve Baker's win in 1983 was when it was known as the European Under-21 Championship

World Team Cup / World Cup Titles[edit]

Preceded by
England England
World Champions
1976 (1st title)
Succeeded by
England England
Preceded by
Sweden Sweden
World Champions
1999 (2nd title)
Succeeded by
Sweden Sweden
Preceded by
Sweden Sweden
World Champions
2001 (3rd title)
2002 (4th title)
Succeeded by
Sweden Sweden

Notable riders[edit]

♦ Individual World Champion
• Under-21 World Champion
* Australian Champion
# Australian Under-21 Champion
† - Deceased

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roll of honour". Benfield Sports International (BSI). 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 

See Also[edit]