Sergey Darkin (speedway rider)

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Sergey Darkin
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Personal information
Nationality  Russia
Date of birth (1973-06-18) 18 June 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth    Fergana, Uzbekistan
Current club information
Russian league Salavatnieftemasz Salavat
Career history
Ostrów Wlkp. (POL)
Rybnik (POL)
Kraków (POL)
Rzeszów (POL)
Grudziądz (POL)
Eastbourne Eagles (UK)
Tarnów (POL)
Coventry Bees (UK)
Arena Essex (UK)
Daugavpils (POL)
Poole Pirates
Gniezno (POL)
Leicester Lions (UK)
Swindon Robins (UK)
1996, 1999
1997
1998
2000
2001
2001
2002-2003
2004
2005
2006, 2008
2007
2007
2011
2011
Individual honours
Russian Champion 2000, 2002
Team honours
None

Sergey Darkin (born 18 June 1973[1][2]) is a Russian motorcycle speedway rider who is a member of Russia's national team.

Biography[edit]

Born in Fergana, Uzbekistan, Darkin has been a regular member of the Russian World Team Cup squad, finishing runner-up in 1996.[3] He was Russian individual champion in 2000 and 2002.[3]

After riding in the UK for Eastbourne Eagles in 2001, he joined Coventry Bees in the middle of the 2004 season, riding in fifteen matches in the Elite League and scoring 111 points at an average of 6.68.[4] He also rode for Arena Essex in 2005 and Poole Pirates in 2007.[5] In September 2005 he suffered serious head injuries in a crash at Togliatti in the European Club Team Champions Cup, but was able to return to racing the following year.[5]

He rides for KMZ Lublin in the Polish league, Togliatti in Russia, and signed for Leicester Lions for the 2011 British season, leaving mid-season.[3] He subsequently rode for Swindon Robins in the Elite League.[6]

Career record[edit]

British leagues[edit]

Year Team League Matches Rides Points Bonus Total Average
2001 Eastbourne Eagles Elite
2004 Coventry Bees Elite 15 73 111 11 122 6.68
2005 Arena Essex Elite 16 68 87 14 101 5.94
2007 Poole Pirates Elite 2 6 0 0 0 0.00
2011 Leicester Lions Premier 21 96 156 10 166 6.92
2011 Swindon Robins Elite 8 32 23 6 29 3.63

References[edit]

  1. ^ Świat Żużla, No 1 (74) / 2008, pages 44-45, ISSN 1429-3285
  2. ^ Świat Żużla, No 2 (75) / 2008, page 24, ISSN 1429-3285
  3. ^ a b c "Sergey Darkin", Leicester Speedway, retrieved 2011-03-27
  4. ^ Bamford, Robert (2005) Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2005, Tempus, ISBN 0-7524-3396-2, p. 40-42, 365
  5. ^ a b "Riders - D: Sergey Darkin", speedwaygb.co, retrieved 2011-10-02
  6. ^ "Speedway: Swindon Robins sign Sergey Darkin as reserve", BBC, 1 August 2011, retrieved 2011-10-02

See also[edit]