Davey Watt

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David Watt
Personal information
Nationality Australia Australia
Date of birth (1978-01-06) 6 January 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth    Townsville, Queensland
Website www.daveywattracing.com
Current club information
British league Lakeside Hammers
Polish league GTŻ Grudziądz
Swedish league Västervik Speedway
Career history
Great Britain
Isle of Wight Islanders
Newcastle Diamonds
King's Lynn Stars
Poole Pirates
Rye House Rockets
Eastbourne Eagles
Oxford Cheetahs
Lakeside Hammers
Poland
GTŻ Grudziądz
Stal Rzeszów
WTS Wrocław
Sweden
Valsarna
Vargarna
Masarna Avesta
Lejonen

2001
2002
2003
2003-2004, 2008, 2010-2011
2004
2004-2005, 2007, 2009
2006
2012-

2006
2007-2008
2009-

2004-2005
2006
2006-2008
2009-
Individual honours
Queensland State Champion
Jack Young Solo Cup winner
2005
2012
Team honours
Elite League Champion
British League Cup Winner
Craven Shield Winner
2003, 2004, 2008
2003
2003

David John Watt (born 6 January 1978 in Townsville, Queensland)[1] is an Australian international motorcycle speedway rider who rides for the Lakeside Hammers in England where his is currently the team captain, WTS Wrocław in Poland and Lejonen in Sweden. He won the Queensland state championship in 2005 and was a member of the Australian team that finished second to Poland in the 2011 World Cup Final on 16 July at the Edward Jancarz Stadium in Poland scoring 3 of Australia's 45 points.

Career summary[edit]

Watt started his British speedway career in 2001 when he signed for the Isle of Wight Islanders in the Premier League. The following year he signed for Premier League team Newcastle Diamonds.[2] In 2002 he gained a team berth at King's Lynn Stars while also doubling up for his parent club the Poole Pirates, where he was part of the Pirates Elite League league winning team in 2003.[2]

Watt rode for Rye House Rockets in the Premier League in 2004 and also doubled-up with Poole, but after he suffered an injury early on in the season he was replaced by Krzysztof Kasprzak. After Watt had recovered from his injury he moved on loan to the Eastbourne Eagles in the Elite League, where he remained until 2006 when he moved to Oxford Cheetahs for a year.[2] He returned to Eastbourne in 2007 and added 2 points to his average by the end of the season he was voted Eastbourne's Rider of the Year.[3] He also finished fourth in the Elite League Riders Championship and won a bronze medal with Australia at the 2007 Speedway World Cup.

Watt looked set to stay with Eastbourne in 2008 but after a change of management at the club he was left without a team place.[4] Watt returned to Poole in 2008 and won the Elite League championship.[5]

Watt had ridden for Masarna Avesta in the Swedish Elitserien since 2006, but joined Lejonen in 2009 after Masarna were declared bankrupt and dropped out of the league. In Poland, he was a member of the GTŻ Grudziądz team in the Polish second division in 2006 before joining Polish Ekstraliga team Stal Rzeszów in 2007. Watt was made the captain of Stal Rzeszów for the 2008 season but the team were relegated. In 2009, Watt has signed for WTS Wrocław in the Ekstraliga.

World final appearances[edit]

Speedway World Cup[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
2010 17th 19 11th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ a b c "2008 Team". Poole Speedway. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Big Challenge for new look Eagles". Eastbourne Herald. Johnston Press. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Watt set to remain an Eagle". The Argus. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Davey's glad to back 'home'". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-20.