Bjarne Pedersen

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Bjarne Pedersen
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Personal information
Nationality Denmark Denmark
Date of birth (1978-07-12) 12 July 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth    Holstebro, Denmark
Website www.pedersenracing.com
Current club information
British league Eastbourne Eagles
Polish league Unia Tarnów
Swedish league Indianerna
Danish league Holstebro
Career history
Great Britain
Newcastle Diamonds
Poole Pirates
Eastbourne Eagles
Birmingham Brummies
Poland
Opole
KS Toruń
Rawicz
Orzeł Łódź
ZKŻ Zielona Góra
Wybrzeże Gdańsk
Unia Tarnów
Sweden
Vargarna
Elit Vetlanda
Kaparna
Masarna
Västervik
Indianerna
Denmark
Holstebro
Vojens
Holsted
Slangerup

2000–2003
2002–2010
2011

1997
1999, 2006
2001–2002
2003
2004
2005, 2007–2008
2009

1998
1999
2000–2002
2004
2003, 2005–2009
2010

1996–2001, 2007–
2002
2003, 2005–2006
2004
Individual honours
Danish Champion
Elite League Riders Champion
Danish Under-21 Champion
European Grand Prix Winner
2004
2004
1999
2004
Team honours
Elite League Champion
Elite League KO Cup Winner
Craven Shield Winner
British League Cup Winner
Premier League Champion
Swedish Elitserien Champion
Danish League Champion
Elite League Pairs Champion
World Cup Winner
2003, 2004, 2008
2003, 2004
2002, 2006
2003
2001
2005
1997, 2003, 2006
2007
2006, 2008

Bjarne Pedersen (born 12 July 1978, in Holstebro, Denmark)[1] is an international motorcycle speedway rider who has represented Denmark in the Speedway World Cup, winning it on two occasions: in 2006 and 2008.

Career summary[edit]

Pedersen began his speedway career in 1990. He won his first title in 1994 winning a Danish junior pairs championship with Charlie Gjedde.[2] However, he did not ride as a full-time professional until 2000. Pedersen began his UK racing career with the Newcastle Diamonds in the Premier League. He took part in his first two Speedway Grand Prix events in 2002, both as a wild card.[3] His first full Speedway Grand Prix season came in 2003, but it was not until 2004 when Pedersen won his only Grand Prix to date at the European GP in Wrocław.[4] In 2004 he also won the Elite League Riders' Championship.

Pedersen admitted at the end of the 2007 season that he had lost enthusiasm for riding in Speedway Grand Prix series until he qualified for the 2008 series in the race off in Vojens.[5]

Pedersen was retained by Poole for the 2008 season over former world champion Jason Crump when it was announced the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA) that the points limit for team building purposes was to be reduced drastically. Poole promoter Matt Ford stated that Pedersen was chosen due to his loyalty to Poole over the previous six seasons.[6]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
2002 26th 10 12th 2 Wild card rides
2003 14th 51 3rd Finished 3rd in the Norwegian GP
2004 10th 78 Winner Won the European GP
2005 6th 90 2nd Finished 3rd in the Swedish GP, 3rd in the British GP and 2nd in the Czech GP
2006 12th 82 3rd Finished 3rd in the Danish GP
2007 12th 77 5th
2008 11th 69 2nd Missed European and Swedish GPs through injury. Finished 2nd in the Italian GP.
  permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
  rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

* Pedersen sustained a broken wrist during a Craven Shield meeting for Poole on the 2nd May 2008. His place at the European Grand Prix and the Swedish Grand Prix were taken by first reserve Lubos Tomicek.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ "Bjarne's Career Wins". PedersenRacing.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  3. ^ Bamford, Robert (2007-03-01). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3. 
  4. ^ "Bjarne wins GP". SpeedwayWorld.TV. 2004-09-04. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Bjarne regains GP enthusiasm". Daily Echo. 1 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  6. ^ "It's over". Daily Echo. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 

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