Henrik Gustafsson

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Henka Gustafsson
Personal information
Nationality  Sweden
Date of birth (1970-08-14) 14 August 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth    Sköllersta, Sweden
Current club information
Swedish league Indianerna
Career history
Sweden
Indianerna
Germany
AC Landshut
Great Britain
King's Lynn Stars
Belle Vue Aces
Poole Pirates
Oxford Cheetahs
Poland
KS Toruń
WTS Wrocław
ZKŻ Zielona Góra
Polonia Bydgoszcz
Wybrzeże Gdańsk
Warsaw

1986-

1990

1990-1993
1994, 2001
2002
2005

1992
1993
1994
1995-2001
2002
2003
Individual honours
Swedish Champion
Swedish Under-21 Champion
1995, 2000
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
Team honours
World Pairs Champion
World Team Cup Winner
Polish League Championship winner
Craven Shield Winner
Danish League Champion
Swedish Pairs Champion
1993
1994, 2000
1993, 1997, 1998, 2000
2005
2005
1994

Henrik Anders (Henka) Gustafsson (born on 14 August 1970 in Sköllersta, Sweden)[1] is an international Motorcycle speedway rider who won the 1993 World Pairs Championship with Tony Rickardsson and the Speedway World Team Cup with Sweden in 1994 and 2000. Early in his career Gustafsson was known as much for his long, curly blonde hair as he was his riding, though his riding soon outshone his locks.

Career[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Henrik Gustafsson, who has ridden for Indianerna in the Swedish Elite League since 1986, is a two time Swedish Speedway Champion, winning the title in 1995 and 2000. He also won the Swedish Pairs Championship in 1994 and is a four time (1986-1989) Swedish Under-21 Champion.

United Kingdom[edit]

Gustafsson first rode in the British Elite League in 1990 for the King's Lynn Stars, staying with the team until 1993 before moving on to the Belle Vue Aces for 1994. He then took a seven year break from riding in the British leagues until he returned for a season with Belle Vue. He moved once more in 2002 to the Poole Pirates before missing the 2003 and 2004 seasons while riding overseas. He then returned for one last season in Britain with the Oxford Cheetahs in 2005, winning the Craven Shield while with Oxford.

Poland[edit]

Gustafsson's first season riding in the Polish top division was 1992 with KS Toruń. He then rode for WTS Wrocław in 1993, helping them to become Polish League Champions before signing with Zielona Góra for 1994. Gustafsson then signed with Polonia Bydgoszcz in 1995 and stayed with them until 2001, again winning the Polish League in 1997, 1998 and 2000. He left Bydgoszcz for Wybrzeże Gdańsk in 2002, staying for a single season before his last season in Poland (2003) with Warsaw.

International[edit]

Gustafsson rode in four Speedway World Finals during his career. He failed to qualify for the 1990 World Final in Bradford, England but got a lucky break when he replaced the injured Jan O. Pedersen of Denmark. He finished a surprise 6th in the Final, winning two of his five rides.

In January 1991, Gustafsson toured Australia with the Swedish team alongside 1990 World Champion Per Jonsson, Jimmy Nilsen, Peter Nahlin and Tony Rickardsson. The Swedes defeated the Aussies 3-2 in a five match series.

Gustafsson qualified for the 1992 World Final in Wrocław, Poland where he improved to finish 5th, again winning two of his five rides. He improved again in the 1993 World Final in Denmark, finishing 4th and winning 3 of his rides. In the 1994 World Final, the last before the Speedway Grand Prix series started in 1995, Gustafsson finished in 7th place winning only one of his rides.

Henrik Gustafsson would then ride in the speedway Grand Prix series as a regular rider from 1995 until 2000, finishing a best 5th overall in both 1996 and 1997. His best placings in one of the Grand Prix events was a 2nd in Sweden in 1996 and a second as a Wild Card rider in the 2001 German GP.

Personal[edit]

Henrik Gustafsson's son, Simon (born 25 May 1990) has followed in his father's footsteps and has become a speedway rider also, currently riding for the Eastbourne Eagles in Britain and TŻ Start Gniezno in Poland.

World final appearances[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1995 8th 73+3 4th 4th in British GP
1996 5th 80 3rd 4th in Germany
1996 5th 80 2nd 2nd in Sweden
1997 15th 20 5th 5th in Czech Republic
1998 15th 43 5th 5th in Germany
1999 17th 35 8th
2000 14th 39 8th
2001 17th 33 2nd 2nd in Germany

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5