Mark Loram

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Mark Loram
Personal information
Nationality England England
Date of birth (1971-01-10) 10 January 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth    Mtarfa, Malta
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Great Britain
Hackney Kestrels
Ipswich Witches
King's Lynn Stars
Exeter Falcons
Bradford Dukes
Wolverhampton Wolves
Poole Pirates
Peterborough Panthers
Eastbourne Eagles
Arena Essex Hammers
Poland
Częstochowa
Apator Toruń
KM Ostrów Wielkopolski
Polonia Bydgoszcz
RKM Rybnik
Stal Gorzów
Unia Leszno
Sweden
Bysarna
Smederna
Luxo Stars
Piraterna

1987-1988
1989, 2006-2009
1990-1994
1995-1996
1997
1998
1999-2000
2001
2002-2003
2004-2005

1992, 1999-2000
1993-1997
1998, 2007
2001-2003
2004
2005
2006

1992-1997
1999-2000
2001-2004
2005-2006
Individual honours
World Champion
National League Riders Champ
British Champion
Danish Grand Prix Winner
Swedish Grand Prix Winner
2000
1989
1997, 1999, 2001
1997
1999
Team honours
National League
Elite League
Elite League KO Cup
1988
1997
2003

Mark Roysten Gregory Loram (born 10 January 1971 in Mtarfa, Malta)[1] is a former British motorcycle speedway rider who started his career with the Hackney Kestrels in 1987.[2] He is a former World Speedway Champion. In March 2007 Loram broke his thigh and dislocated his arm whilst riding in the opening fixture of the British Elite League season for the Ipswich Witches. This ended his involvement in the sport for 2007, and placed his participation in doubt for 2008.

Career honours[edit]

In 1999 Mark became the first rider in Speedway Grand Prix history to win a GP whilst being entered as a wild card, a feat only repeated three times since (as at the end of the 2012 season). He became World Champion in 2000 despite not winning any of the 6 Grand Prix meetings held in 2000, the only rider to ever do so. However he was the only rider to reach the semi-finals in all six meetings which gave him enough points to secure his first and only world title. Mark has also been British Champion three times, in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Loram was unable to ride in 2008 and 2009 due to injury.

On 17 December 2009, Mark officially announced his retirement from world speedway.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1995 6th 77 3rd
1996 7th 58 2nd
1997 5th 81 1st Won in Vojens
1998 10th 52 6th
1999 5th 71 1st Won in Sweden
2000 1st 102 2nd Only rider to make every semi-final
2001 9th 54 4th
2002 8th 97 3rd
2003 18th 32 11th Missed 3 GPs through injury
2004 17th 38 9th Retired from SGP after the '04 season

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, Robert (January 2004). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2004. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-2915-9. 
  2. ^ Fenn, C.(2003). Hackney Speedway, Friday at Eight. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2737-7
  3. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5