Lee Richardson (speedway rider)

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Lee Richardson
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1979-04-25)25 April 1979
Place of birth    Hastings, England
Date of death    13 May 2012(2012-05-13) (aged 33)
Place of death    Wrocław, Poland
Nickname Rico
Current club information
British league Lakeside Hammers
Polish league PGE Marma Rzeszow
Swedish league Vargarna
Career history
Reading Racers
Poole Pirates
Peterborough Panthers
King's Lynn Stars
Coventry Bees
Swindon Robins
Eastbourne Eagles
Lakeside Hammers
1995, 1997-1999
1996, 1999
1997, 2004
1997
2000-2003
2005-2007
2008
2009-2012
Individual honours
World Under-21 Champion
Elite League Riders Champion
1999
2003
Team honours
Premier League Champion
Premier League KO Cup Champion
Elite League Pairs Champion
Elite League KO Cup winner
1997

1998
2005
2008,2009

Lee Stewart Richardson (25 April 1979 – 13 May 2012)[1][2] was a British international motorcycle speedway rider. Richardson represented Great Britain at senior and under-21 level and featured in several World Cup tournaments. Richardson was World Under 21 champion in 1999 and also won the Elite League Riders' Championship in 2003. He was also a fully fledged Grand Prix rider for four seasons from 2003 until 2006.[3] Richardson joined the Lakeside Hammers for the 2009 season. On 13 May 2012, Richardson died in a Wrocław hospital following a collision with a safety fence during a Polish League match. He died of internal bleeding.[2]

Family[edit]

Richardson's mother Julie was a presenter for ScreenSport Television. His father Colin is a former rider. His uncle Steve Weatherley, another rider, was paralysed in a crash with Vic Harding whilst racing in a meeting at the Hackney Wick Stadium (Harding later died in hospital). Richardson was married to Emma Garcia Richardson and had three sons. He also has a brother called Craig Richardson

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best finish Notes
2000 31st 3 19th 1 wild card appearance
2002 25th 17 5th 2 wild card appearances. 5th in British Grand Prix
2003 16th 45 7th Missed 2 Grands Prix through injury
2004 11th 76 3rd 3rd in British Grand Prix
2005 13th 55 2nd 2nd in Polish Grand Prix
2006 15th 39 8th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ a b "British speedway star dies after crash in Poland". Eurosport. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1