Denmark national speedway team

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Denmark
Flag of Denmark.svg
Association Danish Motor Union
Danmarks Motor Union
FIM code DMU
Team manager Anders Secher
Team captain Niels-Kristian Iversen
Nation colour White and Red
Squad
World Championships
Team (SWC) 15 8 9
Pairs 8 3 6
Individual (SGP) 14 10 10
European Championships
Pairs
 Best result Never started in qualification
Individual 1 3

Denmark is one of the major teams in international speedway. They are managed by former rider Anders Secher and the current captain is Niels-Kristian Iversen. They have won the Speedway World Cup / Speedway World Team Cup a record 15 occasions.

Speedway World Cup[edit]

The Denmark national speedway were a major force throughout the 1980s, winning a record 6 world titles in a row, between 1983 and 1988. They are currently one of the best teams in the world. Key riding members of the title wins include Hans Nielsen, who holds the record for most world cup wins by an individual rider with 11 wins, Tommy Knudsen (8 wins), Erik Gundersen (7 wins), Jan O. Pedersen (4 wins), Ole Olsen and Finn Thomsen (both 3 wins).

Denmark are the current (2014) Speedway World Cup Champions having won their record 15th title on 2 August at the Polonia Bydgoszcz Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Year Venue Standings (Pts) Denmark Riders and Pts
1978 Germany
Landshut
1. Denmark DENMARK (37)
2. England England (27)
3. Poland Poland (16)
4. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (16)
Hans Nielsen 11
Ole Olsen 10
Mike Lohmann 9
Finn Thomsen 7
Kristian Praestbro -
1981 Germany
Olching
1. Denmark DENMARK (36)
2. England England (29)
3. Germany West Germany (28)
4. Soviet Union Soviet Union (3)
Hans Nielsen 11
Erik Gundersen 9
Tommy Knudsen 9
Ole Olsen 6
Finn Thomsen 1
1983 Denmark
Vojens
1. Denmark DENMARK (37)
2. England England (29)
3. United States USA (27)
4. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (3)
Erik Gundersen 12
Hans Nielsen 11
Ole Olsen 7
Peter Ravn 7
Finn Thomsen 0
1984 Poland
Leszno
1. Denmark DENMARK (44)
2. England England (24)
3. United States USA (20)
4. Poland Poland (8)
Erik Gundersen 12
Bo Petersen 12
Hans Nielsen 11
Preben Eriksen 9
Peter Ravn -
1985 United States
Long Beach
1. Denmark DENMARK (37)
2. United States USA (35)
3. England England (13)
4. Sweden Sweden (10)
Tommy Knudsen 12
Erik Gundersen 10
Hans Nielsen 10
Preben Eriksen 5
Bo Petersen 0
1986 Sweden
Gothenburg
Denmark
Vojens
England
Odsal
Best of three events
1. Denmark DENMARK (9)
2. United States USA (4)
3. England England (3)
4. Sweden Sweden (2)
Hans Nielsen 35
Erik Gundersen 33
Tommy Knudsen 33
Jan O. Pedersen 20
John Jørgensen 8
1987 Denmark
Fredericia
England
Coventry
Czech Republic
Prague
Best of three events
1. Denmark DENMARK (130)
2. England England (101)
3. United States USA (93)
4. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (36)
Hans Nielsen 38
Erik Gundersen 33
Jan O. Pedersen 32
Tommy Knudsen 27
- -
1988 United States
Long Beach
1. Denmark DENMARK (44)
2. United States USA (32)
3. Sweden Sweden (22)
4. England England (22)
Hans Nielsen 14
Jan O. Pedersen 12
Erik Gundersen 8
Tommy Knudsen 8
John Jørgensen 2
1991 Denmark
Vojens
1. Denmark DENMARK (51)
2. Sweden Sweden (30)
3. United States USA (28)
4. England England (11)
Jan O. Pedersen 15
Hans Nielsen 14
Tommy Knudsen 13
Gert Handberg 8
Brian Karger 1
1995 Poland
Bydgoszcz
1. Denmark DENMARK (28)
2. England England (22)
3. United States USA (19)
4. Sweden Sweden (19)
5. Australia Australia (14)
6. Poland Poland (13)
7. Norway Norway (11)
Tommy Knudsen 15+3
Hans Nielsen 13+2
Brian Karger 0
1997 Poland
Pila
1. Denmark DENMARK (27)
2. Poland Poland (25)
3. Sweden Sweden (21)
4. Germany Germany (17)
5. Czech Republic Czech Republic (16)
6. Russia Russia (10)
7. Hungary Hungary (9)
Hans Nielsen 14+3
Tommy Knudsen 13+2
Jesper B. Jensen -
2006 England
Reading
1. Denmark DENMARK (45)
2. United Kingdom Great Britain (37)
3. Sweden Sweden (36)
4. Australia Australia (35)
Nicki Pedersen 13
Hans Andersen 12
Bjarne Pedersen 9
Charlie Gjedde 6
Niels Kristian Iversen 5
2008 Denmark
Vojens
1. Denmark DENMARK (49)
2. Poland Poland (37)
3. Sweden Sweden (39)
4. Australia Australia (21)
Hans N. Andersen 11
Nicki Pedersen 11
Bjarne Pedersen 11
Kenneth Bjerre 9
Niels Kristian Iversen 7
2012 Sweden
Målilla
1. Denmark DENMARK (39)
2. Australia Australia (36)
3. Russia Russia (30)
4. Sweden Sweden (24)
Niels Kristian Iversen 11
Michael Jepsen Jensen 11
Nicki Pedersen 9
Mikkel B Jensen 8
2014 Poland
Bydgoszcz
1. Denmark DENMARK (38)
2. Poland Poland (36)
3. Australia Australia (36)
4. United Kingdom Great Britain (16)
Nicki Pedersen 17
Niels-Kristian Iversen 11
Peter Kildemand 7
Mads Korneliussen 3
Key:
+1,2... - bonus points gained by finishing behind teammate
+1j,+2j... - extra points gained in joker ride

Team U-21 World Championship[edit]

Year Place Pts. Riders
2005 3 24 Morten Risager (10), Henrik Møller (7), Nicolai Klindt (5), Patrick Hougaard (2), Kristian Lund (0)
2006 3 26 Nicolai Klindt (12), Henrik Møller (7), Morten Risager (4), Kenneth Hansen (2), Klaus Jakobsen (1)
2007 - - 2nd place in Qualifying Round 1
2008 2 39 Patrick Hougaard (16), Nicolai Klindt (12), René Bach (6), Morten Risager (4), Peter Kildemand (1)
Year Place Pts. Riders

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)
32 15 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 8 1979, 1982, 1989, 1993, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2013 9 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005,
Team U-21 (since 2005) 8 2 2010, 2013 4 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 2 2005, 2006
Pairs (1970-1993) 17 8 1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 3 1973, 1976, 1984, 6 1975, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1993
Individual
Grand Prix
(1936-1994)
(since 1995)
34 14 1971, 1975, 1978, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2008 10 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2012 10 1972, 1977, 1981, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2006, 2013, 2014
Individual U-21 (since 1977) 16 7 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2012 1 1991 8 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1996, 2009, 2012, 2014
Total medals: 107 Gold: 46 Silver: 26 Bronze: 35

Famous Danish riders[edit]

See also[edit]