Hans Nielsen (speedway rider)

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Hans Nielsen
Hans Nielsen, Piotr Świst.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Denmark
Date of birth (1959-12-26) 26 December 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth    Brørup, Denmark
Nickname Main Dane
Current club information
Career status Retired (1999)
Career history
Wolverhampton Wolves
Birmingham Brummies
Oxford Cheetahs
Motor Lublin (POL)
Coventry Bees
Polonia Piła (POL)
Individual honours
World Individual Champion
British League Riders Champion
Danish Champion

Inter-Continental Champion
Nordic Champion
1986, 1987, 1989, 1995
1986, 1987, 1990
1978, 1982, 1987
1990, 1993, 1994
Team honours
World Team Cup winner

World Pairs Champion

British League Champion
British League KO Cup Winner
British League Pairs Champion
1978, 1981, 1983
1984, 1985, 1986
1987, 1988, 1991
1995, 1997
1979, 1986, 1987
1988, 1989, 1990
1985, 1986, 1989
1985, 1986
1985, 1986, 1987

Hans Hollen Nielsen (born 26 December 1959 in Brørup, Denmark) - a prominent speedway rider active from the 1970s to the late 1990s; a former World Champion.


Nielsen was one of the most successful riders the sport has ever seen. Altogether he participated in winning 22 World Championships for Denmark. This included the individual World Championship in 1986, 1987, 1989 and the first ever championship ran in the Grand Prix format in 1995. Nielsen and Sweden's Tony Rickardsson are the only 2 riders to have won world titles in both the old single meeting format and the Speedway Grand Prix series. He still holds the record for the most FIM Gold Medals in Speedway.

He was known as "The Main Dane" to fans, taking over the title from triple World Champion Ole Olsen, but was referred to as "The Professor" by his fellow riders due to his immaculate style and ability to ride speedway.

Nielsen rode in the British League for the Oxford Cheetahs from 1984 to 1992. In 1986 he recorded a league average of 11.83, his average in away league matches that season was a perfect 12.00.[1]

Hans Nielsen was successful almost every where he rode. As well as his World Championship winning feats in Europe, he would win the Speedway World Team Cup as part of the Danish team in the USA in 1985 and 1988, as well as winning major meetings in Australia, including the 1987 West End Speedway International at the Wayville Showground in Adelaide.

He retired still capable of beating the best and many feel he was the greatest rider of all time.

After retiring, he never stayed in the sport and returned to Denmark where he continued his good golf game in his spare time.

World final appearances[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1995 1st 103 1st Won in Vojens
1996 2nd 111 1st Won in Italy & Germany
1997 7th 75 1st Won in Germany
1998 4th 76 1st Won in Vojens
1999 3rd 76 1st Won in Poland


  1. ^ "Nielsen regret at Oxford". Oxford Mail. 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  • Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5