Egon Müller

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Egon Müller
Personal information
Nationality  Germany
Date of birth (1948-11-26) 26 November 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth    Kiel, Germany
Current club information
Career status retired
Career history
Coatbridge Tigers
Hull Vikings
1973
1975
Individual honours
World Champion
Long Track World Champion
German Champion

Continental Champion
1983
1974, 1975, 1978
1973, 1975, 1977, 1979,
1981, 1983, 1984, 1985
1976, 1981, 1984, 1985
Team honours

Egon Müller (born 26 November 1948 in Kiel, Germany)[1] is a former international motorcycle speedway rider and was winner of the Speedway World Championship in 1983, winning the title in his homeland with a maximum score of 15 points.[2]

Career[edit]

Motorcycle speedway[edit]

Egon Müller was the German Champion eight times (1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1985). He rode briefly in the United Kingdom in 1973 for the Coatbridge Tigers (Scotland), and in 1975 for the Hull Vikings.

Müller was Long Track World Champion in 1974, 1975 and 1978. He finished second in 1980 and 1984, and finished third in 1976 and 1982. He also represented West Germany in the Speedway World Pairs Championship (finishing a best of 6th in 1983 at the Ullevi Stadium in Göteborg, Sweden paired with Karl Maier). Müller also competed in the Speedway World Team Cup where he led the West Germans to a third place finish in both 1981 at the Speedway Stadion in Olching, and again in 1982 at the White City Stadium in London, England. He was also a multiple winner of the Continental Final which was the last World Final qualifying round for European based riders. Müller won the Continental Final in 1976, 1981, 1984 and 1985.

As of the 2014 Speedway Grand Prix series, Egon Müller is the only German rider to have won the Speedway World Championship when he took out the title with a 15 point maximum at the Motodrom Halbemond in Norden in 1983 from Australian Billy Sanders and 1980 champion Michael Lee. At a time when the Speedway World Championship Final was a single meeting that could throw up a surprise winner on the day, Müller was generally seen as a 'one hit wonder' in the same way that Poland's 1973 World Champion Jerzy Szczakiel was. However, Müller was a perennial championship contender having made four previous World Final appearances (1976, 1977, 1980 and 1981) as well as being a triple Long track World Champion, and an 8 time German Champion.

Following the 1983 World Final, rumours surfaced that West German officials had given Müller extra practice time on the track that the other riders were not given. Other rumours also surfaced that many of the riders believed that the track in Norden had been prepared more like a Long track in order to give Müller an advantage.

Just two weeks after his 1983 World Championship win, Müller was reportedly involved in a motor accident on the Autobahn where he wrote off his Porsche. The accident saw him spend a couple of days in hospital with minor leg injuries. Just one week following this, he competed in the 1983 World Long Track final in Czechoslovakia.

Müller went on to ride in the 1984 and 1985 World Finals but could not replicate his 1983 win, finishing in 14th place with just 3 points from his five rides on each occasion.

Music/Actor[edit]

Outside of his sport career, Muller was a pop singer under the stage name Amadeus Liszt, a moderator at trade fairs, shows and charity events, an actor and a television personality.[3]

World Final Appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

World Team Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P & Rising, P (1986). 1986 Speedway Yearbook. ISBN 0-948882-00-X
  2. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  3. ^ Thomas Schiffner (3 November 2010). "Egon Müller: Der ewige Quertreiber". motorsport. Retrieved 1 September 2013.