Jason Crump

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Jason Crump
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Jason Crump in Bydgoszcz, 2006
Personal information
Nationality Australia Australia
Date of birth (1975-08-06) 6 August 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth    Bristol, England
Nickname Crumpy
Website www.jasoncrump.com
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Great Britain
Poole Pirates
Peterborough Panthers
Swindon Robins
Oxford Cheetahs
King's Lynn Stars
Belle Vue Aces
Poland
Gorzów Wlkp.
Wrocław
Zielona Góra
Piła
Toruń
Stal Rzeszow
Sweden
Getingarna
Rospiggarna
Vargarna
Elit Vetlanda

1991, 1994-1995, 2007
1992, 1996-1997, 1999
1993
1998
2000-2001
2002-2006, 2008-2009

1994, 1996, 2000-2001
1995,1999, 2006-2010
1997-1998
2002
2003-2005
2011-2012

1994
1995
1997-2005
2006-2012
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
2009 Number
Starts 145
Podiums 56 (23-19-14)
Finalist 77 time
Winner 23 times
Individual honours
World Champion
World Under-21 Champion
Australian Champion
Australian Under-16 Champion
Queensland State Champion
Elite League Riders Champion
British Grand Prix
Australian Masters Series 500 Champion
Swedish Grand Prix
Polish Grand Prix
Czech Grand Prix
Danish Grand Prix
Scandinavian Grand Prix
European Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix
Latvian Grand Prix
Golden Helmet of Pardubice (CZE)
Edward Jancarz Memorial winner
Peter Craven Memorial winner
Australian Long Track Champion
Australian Long track Grand Prix
Welsh Open winner
Master of Speedway (GER)
Golden Gala of Lonigo
Teesside Silver Helmet
Wolverhampton Olympique
2004, 2006, 2009
1995
1995, 2007
1990
1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004
1999, 2001, 2006, 2008
1996, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2009
1999
2000, 2001, 2005, 2006
2001
2002, 2003, 2004
2003, 2004, 2009, 2012
2005
2006, 2009, 2010
2006
2008
2002, 2006
2005, 2007, 2008
2005, 2006
1996
2002
2001
1998
2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
2008
1994
Team honours
World Team Cup
Speedway World Cup
Elite League Champion
Elite League KO Cup Winner
Elite League Fours Champion
Elite League Pairs Champion
National League Champion
National League KO Cup
European Club Champion
German Bundesliga Champion
Swedish Elitserien Champion
Polish Ekstraliga Champion
1999
2001, 2002
1994, 1999
1999, 2000, 2005
1994, 1997
2006, 2007
1992
1992
2002
1995, 1997
1995, 2006, 2010, 2012
1995, 2006

Jason Philip Crump[1] (born 6 August 1975 in Bristol, England)[2] is an Australian former international motorcycle speedway rider. He is a three-time Speedway World Champion, a World Cup winner and a former World Under-21 Champion.[3]

In a 21 year career in Speedway, Jason Crump finished with 7 World Championship titles to his name (4 individual including the U/21 title, and 3 teams), making him one of the most successful Australian motorcycle racers of all time (including road racing, speedway and motocross).

Family[edit]

His father, Phil Crump, is a native Australian from the country town of Mildura and was riding for the Newport Wasps when Jason was born.[4] Phil, a four time Australian Solo Champion and 13 time Victorian State Champion, finished third in the world championship in 1976 at the Silesian Stadium in Katowice (Poland) when British star Peter Collins won the title, and as part of the Australian team had won the 1976 Speedway World Team Cup at the White City Stadium in London. The Crump family had a home in Bristol while Phil was racing in the British League. Jason's maternal grandfather Neil Street was a former speedway rider and former long time manager of the Australian speedway team.[5]

He and his wife Melody have two children, Mia-Lili and Seth.

Career summary[edit]

After finishing second in both 1988 and 1989, Crump won his first major junior speedway title in 1990 becoming Australian Under-16 champion at the Bibra Lake Speedway in Perth, Western Australia (Crump defeated future Australian champion and team mate Ryan Sullivan for the title), and he progressed through the ranks.

His best placing in the Australian Under-21 Championship was third in 1992 at the Riverview Speedway in Murray Bridge (South Australia) behind reigning Australian U/21 and senior champion Leigh Adams and second placed Jason Hawkes, making it an all-Mildura podium. Crump didn't place in the 1993 Australian U/21 Championship at his then home track, Olympic Park, and like a number of young Aussie riders was denied the chance to win the title when it was not contested in 1994 or 1995. By the title resumed in 1996, Crump had turned 22 and the Aussie U/21 title would be one that got away in his career.

Just two weeks following his 19th birthday, Crump rode in his first World Final (1994) held at the Speedway Center in Vojens, Denmark, where he finished in 11th place with six points scored. After winning his opening ride, he failed to score in his next two races before finishing with a third and second placing. 1994 was notable as it was the last year the World Championship was decided in the traditional single meeting format that had been in place since the inaugural Final was held at the Wembley Stadium in 1936. From 1995 the World Championship would be decided by the new Speedway Grand Prix series.

1995 saw Crump join his father Phil as an Australian Champion when he won his first title at the Gosford Speedway, with the pair being the first (and only) father-son combination to win the title. Later that same year he made his Speedway Grand Prix debut as a wild card in the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain in London – he won his first three rides, but fell in the B final to finish 8th overall.

1995 also saw Crump win his first World Championship when he won the Under-21 World Final at the Ratinan Stadion in Tampere, Finland after defeating Swede Daniel Andersson in a runoff when both riders finished on 13 points. His previous U/21 World Finals had seen him as a reserve rider in the Czech Republic in 1993 (he did not get to ride), while he had finished third in 1994 in Norway.

His first Grand Prix victory came in 1996, again riding at the British Grand Prix, although this time as a full-time Grand Prix rider. He has won the World Team Cup in 1999 and the new Speedway World Cup on two further occasions with the Australian team in 2001 and 2002. In the 2001 World Cup, Crump became the first rider since the legendary Swede Ove Fundin in the inaugural Speedway World Team Cup in 1960 to go through the entire tournament (including qualification rounds) undefeated. Like their Australian Championship record as the only father and son to win the title, Jason Crump joined his dad as a World Team Cup winner by winning the 1999 Final in Pardubice.

Crump's first world title came in 2004 when he beat Tony Rickardsson having won two of the nine Grand Prix that season. He dominated the 2006 season winning four out of nine Grand Prix to take the title for the second time, beating Greg Hancock into second place.[6]

By winning the 2004 Speedway Grand Prix, Crump became Australia's first Individual World Champion since Jack Young had won his second successive World title in 1952. He also became only the fourth Australian rider to win the World Championship, joining Lionel Van Praag (1936), Arthur "Bluey" Wilkinson (1938) and Jack Young (1951 and 1952).

Crump began his European league career at the Poole Pirates in 1991, where his grandfather, Neil Street, was team manager. Crump won the 'treble' riding for the Peterborough Panthers in Britain during the 1999 season, winning the Elite League, the Knockout Cup and the Craven Shield.[7]

He rode for the Belle Vue Aces for five seasons until the end of 2006 when, in 2007, Crump signed for the Poole Pirates in the Elite League.

At the end of the 2007 season, Poole announced that Crump would be leaving the club due to the large points limit reduction made by the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA) at their 2007 annual general meeting,[8]

Crump returned to Belle Vue for 2008 and signed a two-year deal to stay with the club.[9] However, in October 2008, Crump announced he will not be riding in the British Elite League in 2009 in order to reduce his fixture schedule, allowing him to concentrate on the Grand Prix series.[10]

He returned to Belle Vue in August 2009 to assist with their relegation fight and KO Cup campaign. On 14 September 2009, Crump fell during a last heat decider for Belle Vue against Ipswich, sustaining injuries to his left arm and shoulder. In spite of this he finally won his third world title in 2009.

He announced his retirement from Grand Prix racing at the end of the 2012 season on 24 September 2012. In December 2012 he confirmed that he was retiring from the sport altogether due to a back injury.[11]

Jason Crump was also successful when riding at home in Australia. He won the Australian Under-16 Championship in 1990 and won the Australian Championship in 1995 and 2007, the second of those while the reigning World Champion - only the second time since the national championship was run in 1926 that a reigning World Champion had won the Australian Championship (the other being Ole Olsen's controversial win over reigning champion Phil Crump in 1976). He also finished on the podium of the Australian Championship in 1994 (3rd), 1996 (2nd), 1997 (2nd), 1998 (3rd), and 2002 (2nd). Crump, after moving his home base from Mildura to Queensland in the mid-1990s, won the Queensland State Championship on five occasions (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2004). In 2002 Crump finished 3rd in the Speedway Grand Prix of Australia held at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney behind winner Greg Hancock and second placed Scott Nicholls.

Crump also won the 1999 Series 500 in Australia (also known as the Australian Masters Series). He was a regular competitor in the series which was run from 1995-1999. The Series 500 often saw top international riders such as World Champions Tony Rickardsson, Greg Hancock, Sam Ermolenko, Billy Hamill and multiple Long Track World Champion Simon Wigg competing against leading Australian riders Crump, Leigh Adams, Ryan Sullivan, Craig Boyce, Jason Lyons and Todd Wiltshire.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Team Cup[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Individual Under-21 World Championship[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1996 10th 45 Winner Won British Grand Prix
1997 18th 8 10th Only 1 ride – stand in for injured rider
1998 8th 62 Winner Won British Grand Prix
1999 8th 66 3rd Third in Czech Grand Prix
2000 4th 88 Winner Won Swedish Grand Prix
2001 2nd 113 Winner Won Polish and Swedish Grand Prix
2002 2nd 162 Winner Won Czech Grand Prix
2003 2nd 144 Winner Won Danish and Czech Grand Prix
2004 1st 158 Winner Won Czech and Danish Grand Prix
2005 2nd 154 Winner Won Swedish and Scandinavian Grand Prix
2006 1st 188 Winner Won European, Swedish and British (in succession) and Italian Grand Prix
2007 3rd 124 3rd Broken knee cap. Third in British, Scandinavian and German Grand Prix
2008 2nd 152 Winner Won British and Latvian Grand Prix
2009 1st 159 Winner Won European, Danish and British Grand Prix
2010 3rd 135 Winner Won European Grand Prix
2011 4th 110 2nd Second in Danish and Nordic Grand Prix
2012 6th 126 Winner Won Danish Grand Prix

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jasoncrump.com/jason/
  2. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  3. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  4. ^ Randall, Charles (31 May 2006). "A Life in Sport: Jason Crump". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  5. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  6. ^ "Crump claims world title". BBC. 3 October 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  7. ^ Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1
  8. ^ "It's over". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Crump signs new deal". Manchester Evening News. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  10. ^ "Crump quits Elite League". Sky Sports. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  11. ^ Clark, Richard (2012) "Crump quits", Speedway Star, 22 December 2012, pp. 3-5

External links[edit]

2011 Speedway Grand Prix riders
1 Poland Gollob 2 Poland Hampel 3 Australia Crump 4 Poland Holta 5 United States Hancock
6 United Kingdom Harris 7 Denmark Bjerre 8 Australia Holder 9 Sweden Jonsson 10 Denmark Pedersen
11 Sweden Lindgren 12 Russia Sayfutdinov 13 Russia Laguta 14 Sweden Lindbäck 15 Poland Kołodziej