Individual Speedway Junior World Championship

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Individual Speedway Junior World Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
2012 Individual Speedway Junior World Championship
Sport motorcycle speedway
Founded 1977
No. of teams 14 riders
Continent World
Most recent champion(s)  DEN Michael Jepsen Jensen (2012)
Most titles Individual - 2 titles:
 AUS Darcy Ward
 RUS Emil Sayfutdinov
Team - 8 titles:
 Poland
Related competitions Team Championship

The Individual Speedway Junior World Championship (usually referred to as the Speedway World Under 21 Championship) is an annual speedway event held each year organized by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) since 1977. The current World Champion is Maciej Janowski from Poland who won 2011 championship.

Emil Sayfutdinov from Russia (2007 and 2008) and Darcy Ward from Australia (2009 and 2010) are the only double U-21 World Champions.

Championship History[edit]

Between 1977 and 1978 the Championship was the called Individual Speedway Junior European Championship (European Speedway Under 21 Championship), open only to European riders. In 1979, the Championship allowed riders from other continents to compete, but was renamed to the Speedway World Under 21 Championship in 1988.

A new competition was named Individual Speedway Junior European Championship was founded by the European Motorcycle Union (UEM) in 1998, only open to European competitors.

Age Limits[edit]

The minimum age of a rider to compete is 16 years of age (starting on the date of the rider's birthday). The maximum age is 21 years of age (finishing at the end of the year in which the rider celebrates his 21st birthday).

Previous Winner[edit]

European Championship (1977-1987)[edit]

Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
1977 Denmark Vojens Denmark Alf Busk (9 pts) United Kingdom Joe Owen (8 pts) United Kingdom Les Collins (7 pts)
1978 Italy Lonigo Denmark Finn Rune Jensen (13 pts) United Kingdom Kevin Jolly (12+3 pts) United Kingdom Neil Middleditch (12+2 pts)
1979 Soviet Union Leningrad United States Ron Preston (13 pts) Soviet Union Airat Faizulin (12 pts) Finland Ari Koponen (11+3 pts)
1980 Germany Pocking Denmark Tommy Knudsen (14 pts) New Zealand Tony Briggs (12 pts) United States Dennis Sigalos (11+3 pts)
1981 Czechoslovakia Slaný United States Shawn Moran (15 pts) Czechoslovakia Antonín Kasper, Jr. (14 pts) Czechoslovakia Jiri Hrdinak (13 pts)
1982 Germany Pocking Czechoslovakia Antonín Kasper, Jr. (14 pts) United Kingdom Mark Courtney (12+3 pts) Denmark Peter Ravn (12+2 pts)
1983 Italy Lonigo Australia Steve Baker (13 pts) New Zealand David Bargh (12 pts) United Kingdom Marvyn Cox (11 pts)
1984 United Kingdom King's Lynn United Kingdom Marvyn Cox (12 pts) United Kingdom Neil Evitts (11+3 pts) United States Steve Lucero (11+2 pts)
1985 Germany Abensberg Sweden Per Jonsson (15 pts) Sweden Jimmy Nilsen (13 pts) Denmark Ole Hansen (11+3pts)
1986 Soviet Union Rivne Soviet Union Igor Marko (13 pts) Sweden Tony Olsson (12 pts) Denmark Brian Karger (11 pts)
1987 Poland Zielona Góra United Kingdom Gary Havelock (13 pts) Poland Piotr Świst (12+3 pts) United Kingdom Sean Wilson (12+2 pts)
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place

World Championship (since 1988)[edit]

One-day final (1988-2009)[edit]

Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
1988 Czechoslovakia Slaný Sweden Peter Nahlin (14 pts) Sweden Henrik Gustafsson (11+3 pts) Denmark Brian Karger (11+2 pts)
1989 Italy Lonigo Denmark Gert Handberg (13+3 pts) United Kingdom Chris Louis (13+2 pts) Sweden Niklas Karlsson (12 pts)
1990 Soviet Union Lviv United Kingdom Chris Louis (14 pts) Soviet Union Rene Aas (13 pts) Sweden Tony Rickardsson (10+3 pts)
1991 United Kingdom Coventry Denmark Brian Andersen (14+3 pts) Denmark Morten Andersen (14+2 pts) Australia Jason Lyons (11 pts)
1992 Germany Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm Australia Leigh Adams (14+3 pts) United Kingdom Mark Loram (14+2 pts) United Kingdom Joe Screen (13 pts)
1993 Czech Republic Pardubice United Kingdom Joe Screen (14+3 pts) Sweden Mikael Karlsson (14+2 pts) Norway Rune Holta (10+3 pts)
1994 Norway Elgane Sweden Mikael Karlsson (14+3 pts) Norway Rune Holta (14+2 pts) Australia Jason Crump (12+3 pts)
1995 Finland Tampere Australia Jason Crump (13+3 pts) Sweden Daniel Andersson (13+F pts) Australia Ryan Sullivan (12+3 pts)
1996 Germany Olching Poland Piotr Protasiewicz (15 pts) Australia Ryan Sullivan (11+3 pts) Denmark Jesper B. Jensen (11+2 pts)
1997 Czech Republic Mšeno Denmark Jesper B. Jensen (14 pts) Poland Rafał Dobrucki (11+3 pts) United Kingdom Scott Nicholls (11+2 pts)
1998 Poland Piła Poland Robert Dados (14+3 pts) Poland Krzysztof Jabłoński (14+2 pts) Slovenia Matej Ferjan (12 pts)
1999 Denmark Vojens United Kingdom Lee Richardson (13 pts) Czech Republic Aleš Dryml, Jr. (11 pts) Australia Nigel Sadler (10+3+2 pts)
2000 Poland Gorzów Wlkp. Sweden Andreas Jonsson (14 pts) Poland Krzysztof Cegielski (11+3 pts) Poland Jarosław Hampel (11+2 pts)
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
2001 United Kingdom Peterborough Poland Dawid Kujawa (12 pts) Czech Republic Lukáš Dryml (11 pts) Poland Rafał Okoniewski (10+3 pts)
2002 Czech Republic Slaný Czech Republic Lukáš Dryml (14+3 pts) Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak (14+2 pts) United Kingdom David Howe (12 pts)
2003 Sweden Kumla Poland Jarosław Hampel (14 pts) United Kingdom Chris Harris (13 pts) Poland Rafał Szombierski (11+3 pts)
2004 Poland Wrocław Poland Robert Miśkowiak (12 pts +2 +2) Denmark Kenneth Bjerre (8 pts +3 +2) Slovenia Matej Žagar (8 pts +2 +1)
2005 Austria Wiener Neustadt Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak (8 pts) Czech Republic Tomáš Suchánek (8 pts) Sweden Fredrik Lindgren (7 pts)
2006 Italy Terenzano Poland Karol Ząbik (13 pts +3) Sweden Antonio Lindbäck (12 pts +2) Germany Christian Hefenbrock (12 pts +1)
2007 Poland Ostrów Wlkp. Russia Emil Sayfutdinov (15 pts) Australia Chris Holder (14 pts) Poland Paweł Hlib (12 pts)
2008 Czech Republic Pardubice Russia Emil Sayfutdinov (14 pts) Australia Chris Holder (12+3 pts) Croatia Jurica Pavlic (12+2 pts)
2009 Croatia Goričan Australia Darcy Ward (13 pts) Croatia Jurica Pavlic (12+3 pts) Denmark Patrick Hougaard (12+2 pts)
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place

Final series (since 2010)[edit]

Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
2010 three events Australia Darcy Ward (30+3 pts) Poland Maciej Janowski (30+2 pts) Latvia Maksims Bogdanovs (30+1 pts)
2011 four events Poland Maciej Janowski (50 pts) Australia Darcy Ward (46+3 pts) Poland Przemysław Pawlicki (46+2 pts)
2012 seven events Denmark Michael Jepsen Jensen (90 pts) Poland Maciej Janowski (89 pts) Denmark Mikkel Bech Jensen (75 pts)
2013 Poland Patryk Dudek (35 pts) Poland Piotr Pawlicki Jr. (34 pts) Poland Kacper Gomólski (29 pts)

Medals classification[edit]

2007 and 2008 Under-21 World Champion Emil Sayfutdinov (photo 2008).
Pos National Team Total Gold Silver Bronze
1.  Poland 19 8 7 5
2.  Denmark 14 7 2 7
3.  Great Britain 19 5 7 7
4.  Australia 13 5 4 4
5.  Sweden 13 4 6 3
6.  Soviet Union
 Russia
5 3 2
7.  Czechoslovakia
 Czech Republic
7 2 4 1
8.  United States 4 2 2
9.  New Zealand 2 2
10.  Croatia 2 1 1
 Norway 2 1 1
12.  Slovenia 2 2
13.  Finland 1 1
 Germany 1 1
 Latvia 1 1

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