|Date of birth||28 April 1971|
|Place of birth||Mildura, Australia|
|Current club information|
King's Lynn Stars
1990-1992, 1997-1998, 2004-2010
|Speedway Grand Prix statistics|
|World Under-21 Champion
Scandinavian Grand Prix Winner
Slovenian Grand Prix Winner
Swedish Grand Prix Winner
Latvian Grand Prix Winner
European Grand Prix Winner
Australian Under-21 Champion
Golden Helmet of Pardubice
Elite League Riders' Championship
Victorian State Champion
Australian Under-16 Champion
1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000
2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009
2002, 2007, 2008
1988, 1990, 1991, 1992
1999, 2000, 2001, 2004
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
|World Cup Winner
Elite League Champion
Elite League KO Cup Winner
Elite League Pairs Winner
British League Cup Winner
Elite Shield Winner
Australian Pairs Champion
|1999, 2001, 2002
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Leigh Scott Adams (born 28 April 1971 in Mildura, Australia) is a retired Australian motorcycle speedway rider. He is a multiple Speedway Grand Prix winner and World Team Champion. He also won a record 10 Australian Solo Championships, four Australian Under-21 Championships, the 1992 Individual Speedway Junior World Championship, and was the 1986 Australian Under-16 Champion.
Leigh Adams was a product of junior speedway in his home town of Mildura, which was also the home town of multiple Victorian and Australian champion Phil Crump who became his mentor. Adams started racing in 1984 and quickly proved himself as one of Australia's best junior solo riders. He won the Australian Under-16 Championship in 1986 at the age of 15 which was held at Mildura's Olympic Park Speedway, before joining the senior ranks in 1987. He would win the first of four Australian Under-21 Championships in 1988, going on to win again in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Adams won the Australian Solo Championship in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and finally 2009. He won his first national title at the North Arm Speedway in Adelaide with a 15 point maximum from his 5 rides and his tenth and last championship also in Adelaide at Gillman Speedway after dominating the three-round championship with 15 wins from 15 rides.
Adams won his first Victorian State Championship in 1989 in only his third season of senior riding, beating 13 time and defending champion Phil Crump at Olympic Park. He would also win the Victorian title in 1990, 1992, 1992, 1994 and 1995.
In 1992 Leigh Adams became the first rider to win both the Australian senior and Under-21 championships in the same season, winning both titles in South Australia. Along with his first senior title win at North Arm, Adams won his last Under-21 title at the Riverview Speedway in Murray Bridge.
Leigh first came to England in 1988 and completed four matches for Poole in the National Junior League. Adams had originally been recommended to Poole their by Australian team manager Neil Street, and it was Poole he subsequently joined for their National League Championship winning season of 1989, when he rode alongside riders such as Craig Boyce and Alun Rossiter.
To further his career, Leigh then moved up a league to join Swindon for the 1990 season. He made his Robins’ debut when scoring 8+2 points from six rides against Oxford in a Gold Cup match at Blunsdon on 24 March. Adams won the first of his nine Australian national titles in 1992, and also captured the World Under-21 Championship after beating Mark Loram in a race-off at Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany. With Swindon relegated to the British League Division Two after the 1992 season, Leigh moved on to spend three years with Arena Essex (1993–95), followed by a single season at London in 1996. He then returned to Swindon in 1997 and recorded a 9.96 average in the inaugural season of the Elite League. Adams was again back with the Robins in 1998 but with Swindon again dropping down a league in 1999, he left and signed for the King's Lynn Stars. Adams remained at King’s Lynn for the 2000 campaign and topped the Elite League riders averages, finishing the season on 10.24.
In 2001, Adams signed for Oxford and won the Elite League Championship. He remained with Oxford in 2002 and the 2003 season saw Adams register a 9.97 league average back with Poole in a year which the Pirates won the treble; winning the League Championship, the Knock-Out Cup and the British League Cup. The year also saw him awarded a testimonial, which took place at Swindon.
Adams returned to Swindon in 2004 and again finished top of the Elite League averages on 10.94 and partnered Charlie Gjedde to victory in the Elite League Pairs Championship. In 2005, Adams partnered new Swindon signing Lee Richardson to the Elite League Pairs Championship at Peterborough. On the world stage, Leigh ended his tenth season of Grand Prix activity with his highest ever ranking by winning the bronze medal after being the World No. 4 for the previous three years.
Adams put together another successful season for Swindon in 2007, as the club finished runners-up in all three major domestic finals, being beaten by Coventry in the Elite League Play-Offs final, Knock-Out Cup final and Craven Shield final. Adams completed his best ever Grand Prix campaign in 2007, finishing second overall to Nicki Pedersen. In a consistent Grand Prix campaign, he took victory in three rounds and completed the series with 153 points. In 2008 Adams became the Swindon Robins all time top points scorer. His paid maximum at Lakeside in August 2008 took him onto 5,482.5 points, surpassing the previous record set by Martin Ashby who scored 5,476.5 during his time with the Robins.
In 2010 Leigh Adams announced his retirement from speedway after 20 years of international competition which saw him win 10 Australian Solo championships, 4 Australian Under-21 Championships as well as the World Under-21 Championship in 1992. He also finished a career best second in the 2007 Speedway Grand Prix after finishing third in 2005.
In 2011, and now with the time do so, Adams fulfilled a long term ambition and entered the Finke Desert Race in Australia's Northern Territory near Alice Springs. On 6 June, while on a training ride with his brother and other riders, Adams crashed his motorbike into rocky terrain and sustained multiple injuries including fractured vertebrae, extensive spinal cord damage, punctured lungs, broken ribs, a broken scapula and a small fracture in his neck. He was flown from Alice Springs to Royal Adelaide Hospital where he underwent a six-hour operation to stabilise and strengthen his badly injured spine.
- 1986 Australian Under-16 Champion
- 1988 Australian Under-21 Champion
- 1989 Victorian State Champion
- 1990 Australian Under-21 Champion, Victorian State Champion
- 1991 Australian Under-21 Champion, Victorian State Champion
- 1992 World Under-21 Champion, Australian Champion, Australian Under-21 Champion & Australian Longtrack Champion
- 1993 Australian Champion
- 1994 Australian Champion
- 1995 GP Challenge
- 1998 Australian Champion & GP Challenge
- 1999 Speedway World Team Cup Champion & Czech Golden Helmet Champion. For this feat, he was award the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
- 2000 Australian Longtrack Champion, Czech Golden Helmet Champion & Australian Champion
- 2001 Speedway World Cup Champion, British Elite League (Oxford), & Czech Golden Helmet Champion
- 2002 Scandinavian GP, Speedway World Cup & Australian Champion
- 2003 British Elite League, KO Cup, British League Cup (Poole), Slovenian GP & Australian Champion
- 2004 Czech Golden Helmet Champion, British Elite League Best Pairs, & Swedish GP
- 2005 Australian Champion, British Elite League Best Pairs
- 2006 Australian Champion
- 2009 Australian Champion
World Final Appearances
Speedway World Pairs Championship
- 1990 - Landshut, Ellermühle Stadium (with Todd Wiltshire) - 2nd - 41pts (16)
- 1992 - Lonigo, Pista Speedway (with Craig Boyce / Shane Parker) - 7th - 10pts (4)
- 1993 - Vojens, Vojens Speedway Center (with Craig Boyce / Jason Lyons) - 6th - 13pts (7)
Speedway World Team Cup
- 1994 - Brokstedt, Holsteinring Brokstedt (with Craig Boyce) - 4th - 17pts (7)
- 1995 - Bydgoszcz, Polonia Bydgoszcz Stadium (with Jason Crump / Craig Boyce) - 5th - 14pts (0)
- 1999 - Pardubice, Svítkova Stadion (with Jason Crump / Ryan Sullivan / Jason Lyons / Todd Wiltshire) - Winner - 40pts (14)
- 2000 - Coventry, Brandon Stadium (with Jason Crump / Ryan Sullivan / Todd Wiltshire / Craig Boyce) - 4th - 29pts (12)
Speedway World Cup
- 2001 - Wrocław, Olympic Stadium (with Jason Crump / Todd Wiltshire / Craig Boyce / Ryan Sullivan) - Winner 68pts (16)
- 2002 - Peterborough, East of England Showground (with Todd Wiltshire / Jason Lyons / Jason Crump / Ryan Sullivan) - Winner 64pts (17)
- 2003 - Vojens, Vojens Speedway Center (with Jason Crump / Todd Wiltshire / Jason Lyons / Ryan Sullivan) - 2nd 57pts (15)
- 2006 - Reading, Smallmead Stadium (with Travis McGowan / Ryan Sullivan / Todd Wiltshire / Jason Crump) - 4th - 35pts (8)
- 2007 - Leszno, Alfred Smoczyk Stadium (with Ryan Sullivan / Jason Crump / Chris Holder / Davey Watt / Rory Schlein) - 3rd - 29pts (5)
- 2008 - Vojens, Vojens Speedway Center (with Chris Holder / Jason Crump / Ryan Sullivan / Davey Watt) - 4th - 21pts (6)
- 2009 - Leszno, Alfred Smoczyk Stadium (with Davey Watt / Troy Batchelor / Chris Holder / Jason Crump) - 2nd - 43pts (12)
Speedway Grand Prix results
|1999||7th||67||4th||Made 4 semi-finals but only reached final once|
|2002||4th||127||Winner||Winner in Gothenburg|
|2003||4th||126||Winner||Won Slovenian GP|
|2004||4th||131||Winner||Won in Sweden|
|2006||5th||106||3rd||Highest placed rider not to win a GP|
|2007||2nd||153||Winner||Won Swedish GP, Scandinavian GP and Latvian GP.|
|2008||6th||125||Winner||Won European and Scandinavian GPs|
|Final Championship standings:||2nd||153||Riding No (5)|
|Grand Prix||Pos.||Pts.||Heats||Draw No|
|1 /11||Italian SGP||5||12||(2,2,1,3,3) +1||14|
|2 /11||European SGP||6||10||(2,3,2,X,3) +0||5|
|3 /11||Swedish SGP||1||21||(3,3,2,3,1) +3 +3||15|
|4 /11||Danish SGP||3||18||(2,3,3,2,3) +3 +1||12|
|5 /11||British SGP||4||14||(1,2,3,3,2) +3 +0||14|
|6 /11||Czech Rep. SGP||8||8||(2,2,2,2,0) +0||12|
|7 /11||Scandinavian SGP||1||19||(2,3,2,2,1) +3 +3||5|
|8 /11||Latvian SGP||1||22||(2,2,3,3,3) +3 +3||12|
|9 /11||Polish SGP||7||9||(3,1,1,0,3) +1||3|
|10 /11||Slovenian SGP||6||9||(3,3,1,0,2) +0||10|
|11 /11||German SGP||4||11||(0,3,1,1,3) +3 +0||5|
|Final Championship standings:||6th||125||Riding No (2)|
|Grand Prix||Pos.||Pts.||Heats||Draw No|
|1 /11||Slovenian SGP||14||5||(0,2,3,0,0)||4|
|2 /11||European SGP||1||20||(2,3,0,3,3) +3 +6||9|
|3 /11||Swedish SGP||7||9||(2,1,2,2,1)||16|
|4 /11||Danish SGP||8||8||(3,2,0,0,3)||11|
|5 /11||British SGP||9||7||(2,2,1,2,ex)||1|
|6 /11||Czech Rep. SGP||6||10||(3,3,0,3,1) +0||6|
|7 /11||Scandinavian SGP||1||21||(3,3,1,3,2) +3 +6||15|
|8 /11||Latvian SGP||6||9||(3,1,2,2,1) +0||7|
|9 /11||Polish SGP||8||9||(1,3,2,1,2) +0||11|
|10 /11||Italian SGP||4||12||(1,2,1,3,3) +2 +0||9|
|11 /11||German SGP||4||15||(3,3,3,2,2) +2 +0||2|
|permanent speedway rider|
|wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve|
|rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)|
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- Speedway.net Press Release
- ABC News
- "Leigh Adams". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
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