Speedway World Cup

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FIM Speedway World Cup
Sport Motorcycle speedway
Founded 2001
Director Tony Olsson
Motto No brakes, no gears, no fear
No. of teams 8 national teams
Continent World
Most recent champion(s)  Denmark (2014)
Most titles  Poland (6 times)
Related competitions Speedway Grand Prix
Official website Website

The Speedway World Cup is an annual speedway event held each year in different countries. The first edition of the competition in the current format was in 2001 and it replaced the old World Team Cup competition which was amalgamated with the World Pairs Championship.

Format[edit]


Race format
Gate A
(inside)
B
 
C
 
D
(outside)
Heat No Riders starting No
1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5 5
6 5 3 4 1
7 1 4 5 2
8 2 3 5 1
9 4 3 1 2
10 2 3 4 5
11 3 1 2 4
12 3 4 2 5
13 5 1 3 4
14 1 5 4 2
15 5 2 1 3
16 1 2 3 5
17 2 3 4 1
18 2 3 4 5
19 4 5 3 1
20 1 5 2 4
21 2 4 1 5
22 1 2 5 3
23 4 1 2 3
24 3 4 5 2
25 4 3 1 5

The final tournament usually lasts for about a week with four meetings held in six or seven days. It starts with two first round "events", each consisting of four national teams. The winners of these events will qualify automatically for the final, while those who finish second and third will have to compete in the race-off. Last place finishers will be eliminated. The top two in the race-off will join the event winners in the final. The winners of the final will carry home the Ove Fundin Trophy, named after one of the all-time greats of speedway who won the world championship five times.

The two events are held in different countries, normally in one of the countries that compete in that event. The race-off and the final is held in another country that did not host an event. For example, in the 2006 competition, Poland and Sweden hosted the two events, while Reading Stadium in Reading, United Kingdom hosted both the race-off and final.

Rules[edit]

Place Prize money
in US dollars
1st 25,000
2nd 20,000
3rd 18,000
4th 16,000
5th 14,000
6th 12,000
7th 8,500
8th 8,500

Each of the four meetings is competed between four national teams, and each national team will be represented by five riders; there shall be no substitute rider:

Team A (helmet colour red).
Team B (blue).
Team C (white).
Team D (yellow/black).

The meetings last for 25 heats and one rider for each competing team will race in each heat. Each rider is scheduled to race in five heats and face each of the opposing nations' riders once during the meeting. Teams score 3 points if their rider wins a heat, 2 points if their rider finishes second, 1 for a third place finish, and none if their rider finishes last or is excluded from a heat.

If a team fall six points behind the leader then they are allowed to make tactical substitutions, replacing a rider who is possibly out of form for one who is playing better in the hope of closing the gap on the leader. Each team is also allowed to play one "joker" if they fall six points behind the leader. With the joker, a team will score double the points their finishing position is usually worth, so if their rider finishes first, they will pick up six points instead of the normal three. This is a controversial rule[citation needed] but was implemented with the intention of keeping interest in meetings that may have been a foregone conclusion.

Medal tables[edit]

By season[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Speedway World Cup medalists.
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
2001 Poland Wrocław  Australia (68 pts)  Poland (65 pts)  Sweden (51 pts)
2002 United Kingdom Peterborough  Australia (64 pts)  Denmark (58 pts)  Sweden (54 pts)
2003 Denmark Vojens  Sweden (62 pts)  Australia (57 pts)  Denmark (53 pts)
2004 United Kingdom Poole  Sweden (49 pts)  Great Britain (48 pts)  Denmark (32 pts)
2005 Poland Wrocław  Poland (62 pts)  Sweden (34 pts)  Denmark (31 pts)
2006 United Kingdom Reading  Denmark (45 pts)  Sweden (37 pts)  Great Britain (36 pts)
2007 Poland Leszno  Poland (55 pts)  Denmark (52 pts)  Australia (29 pts)
2008 Denmark Vojens  Denmark (49 pts)  Poland (46 pts)  Sweden (39 pts)
2009 Poland Leszno  Poland (44 pts)  Australia (43 pts)  Sweden (36 pts)
2010 Denmark Vojens  Poland (44 pts)  Denmark (39 pts)  Sweden (35 pts)
2011 Poland Gorzów Wlkp.  Poland (51 pts)  Australia (45 pts)  Sweden (30 pts)
2012 Sweden Målilla  Denmark (39 pts)  Australia (36 pts)  Russia (30 pts)
2013 Czech Republic Prague  Poland (41 pts)  Denmark (40 pts)  Australia (34 pts)
2014 Poland Bydgoszcz  Denmark (38 pts)  Poland (37 pts)  Australia (36 pts)
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place

Medal classification[edit]

Pos National Team Total Gold Silver Bronze
1.  Poland 9 6 3 -
2.  Denmark 11 4 4 3
3.  Australia 9 2 4 3
4.  Sweden 10 2 2 6
5.  Great Britain 2 - 1 1
6.  Russia 1 - - 1

 

For more details on this topic, see Speedway World Cup Classification.
Pos Rider Team Total Gold Silver Bronze
1. Tomasz Gollob  Poland 7 5 2
2. Jarosław Hampel  Poland 7 5 1
3. Rune Holta  Poland 4 3 1
4. Hans N. Andersen  Denmark 8 2 3 3
= Bjarne Pedersen  Denmark 8 2 3 3
6. Andreas Jonsson  Sweden 8 2 2 5
7. Nicki Pedersen  Denmark 7 2 2 3
8. Niels Kristian Iversen  Denmark 6 2 2 2
9. Leigh Adams  Australia 5 2 2 1
= Jason Crump  Australia 5 2 3 1
= Peter Karlsson  Sweden 5 2 2 1

Champions[edit]

This is a complete list of speedway riders who have won the Speedway World Cup. In total, 32 different riders from 4 national teams have a World Cup title. Bold indicates the most recent champions.

Six-time champion:

Five-time champions:

Four-time champions:


Three-time champions:

Two-time champions:

One-time champions:

Participating nations[edit]

Tomasz Gollob won the title five times as part of the Polish team.
Legend
  • Gold – Champions.
  • Silver – Runners-up.
  • Bronze – Third place.
  • 4–12 – 4th to 12th places.
  •  ••  – Qualified, but withdrew.
  •  •  – Did not qualify.
  •     – Did not enter or withdrew.
  • XX – Country did not exist or national team was inactive.
  •    – Race-off and final hosts.
  • Q – Qualified for upcoming tournament.
  • q – Will take part in the upcoming qualification.
Team 2001
Poland
(12)
2002
United Kingdom
(12)
2003
Denmark
(12)
2004
United Kingdom
(8)
2005
Poland
(8)
2006
United Kingdom
(8)
2007
Poland
(8)
2008
Denmark
(8)
2009
Poland
(8)
2010
Denmark
(8)
2011
Poland
(8)
2012
Sweden
(9)
2013
Czech Republic
(9)
2014
Poland
(9)
 Australia Gold Gold Silver 5 5 4 Bronze 4 Silver 5 Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Czech Republic 7 5 6 6 6 8 7 8 8 7 7 4 7
 Denmark 4 Silver Bronze Bronze Bronze Gold Silver Gold 6 Silver 4 Gold Silver Gold
 Finland 9 8 7 7 8 7
 Germany 11 12 10 8 8 9
 Great Britain 6 7 5 Silver 4 Bronze 4 5 5 4 6 6 7 4
 Hungary 10 10 11 8 8
 Italy 12 7 9
 Latvia •• 6 8
 Poland Silver 4 4 4 Gold 5 Gold Silver Gold Gold Gold 5 Gold Silver
 Russia 8 9 8 7 6 6 4 6 5 Bronze 9
 Slovenia 12 11 9 7
 Sweden Bronze Bronze Gold Gold Silver Silver 5 Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze 4 8 5
 United States 5 6 6 7 8 5 6
Team 2001
Poland
(12)
2002
United Kingdom
(12)
2003
Denmark
(12)
2004
United Kingdom
(8)
2005
Poland
(8)
2006
United Kingdom
(8)
2007
Poland
(8)
2008
Denmark
(8)
2009
Poland
(8)
2010
Denmark
(8)
2011
Poland
(8)
2012
Sweden
(9)
2013
Czech Republic
(9)
2014
Poland
(9)
 Austria
 France
 Norway
 Ukraine

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