Speedway World Pairs Championship

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The Speedway World Pairs Championship was an annual speedway (motorcycling) event held each year in different countries. The first competition was held in 1968 and the final competition was held in 1993. From 1994 it was merged with the World Team Cup to create the current Speedway World Cup.

Rules[edit]

The final was competed between seven national teams, and each national team was represented by two riders. Each pairing rode against each other once. The pair with the highest combined score were declared the Champions. From 1991, a third rider could act as reserve.

The 1968 and 1969 events, were not considered to be official championship meetings, even though medals were given out in the 1969 event.

1968 (Kempten, West Germany) 1st Sweden 24 pts (Ove Fundin 14, Torbjorn Harrysson 10) 2nd Great Britain 21 pts (Geoff Mudge 12, Ray Wilson 9) 3rd Norway 16 pts (Odd Fossengen 11, Oyvind S Berg 5) West Germany (2) 12 pts (Peter Barth 9, Rudolf Kastl 3) West Germany (1) 10 pts (Manfred Poschenrieder 8, Fred Aberl 2, Rainer Jungling 0) Denmark 6 pts (Jens Hauser 4, Kurt W Petersen 2)

1969 (Stockholm, Sweden) 1st New Zealand 28 pts (Ivan Mauger 18, Bobby Andrews 10) 2nd Sweden 27 pts (Ove Fundin 14, Gote Nordin 10) 3rd England 21 pts (Nigel Boocock 11, Martin Ashby 10) Denmark 17 pts (Ole Olsen 13, Bengt Norregaard 4) Czechoslovakia 15 pts (Jan Holub 9, Zdenek Majstr 6) East Germany 9 pts (Gerhard Uhlenbrock 8, Jochen Dinse 1) Bulgaria 8 pts (Peter Petkov 6, Peter Iliev 2)

Winners[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Speedway World Pairs Championship medalists.
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
1968 West Germany Kempten  Sweden (24 pts)  Great Britain (21 pts)  Norway (16 pts)
1969 Sweden Stockholm  New Zealand (28 pts)  Sweden (27 pts)  England (21 pts)
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
1970 Sweden Malmö  New Zealand (28 pts)  Sweden (25 pts)  England (19 pts)
1971 Poland Rybnik  Poland (30 pts)  New Zealand (25 pts)  Sweden (22 pts)
1972 Sweden Borås  England (24+3 pts)  New Zealand (24+2 pts)  Sweden B (22+3 pts)
1973 Sweden Borås  Sweden (24 pts)  Denmark (21+3 pts)  Poland (21+2 pts)
1974 United Kingdom Manchester  Sweden (28 pts)  Australia (23 pts)  New Zealand (21 pts)
1975 Poland Wrocław  Sweden (24 pts)  Poland (23 pts)  Denmark (20+3 pts)
1976 Sweden Eskilstuna  England (27 pts)  Denmark (24 pts)  Sweden (22 pts)
1977 United Kingdom Manchester  England (28 pts)  Sweden (18 pts)  West Germany (18 pts)
1978 Poland Chorzów  England (24+3 pts)  New Zealand (24+2 pts)  Denmark (21 pts)
1979 Denmark Vojens  Denmark (25 pts)  England (24 pts)  Poland (20 pts)
1980 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Krško  England (29 pts)  Poland (22 pts)  Denmark (21 pts)
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
1981 Poland Chorzów  United States (23 pts)  New Zealand (22 pts)  Poland (21 pts)
1982 Australia Liverpool  United States (30 pts)  England (22 pts)  Denmark (21 pts)
1983 Sweden Gothenburg  England (25 pts)  Australia (24 pts)  Denmark (19 pts)
1984 Italy Lonigo  England (27 pts)  Denmark (25+3 pts)  New Zealand (25+2 pts)
1985 Poland Rybnik  Denmark (29 pts)  England (27 pts)  United States (22 pts)
1986 West Germany Pocking  Denmark (46+5 pts)  United States (46+4 pts)  Czechoslovakia (32 pts)
1987 Czechoslovakia Pardubice  Denmark (52 pts)  England (44 pts)  United States (36 pts)
1988 United Kingdom Bradford  Denmark (45 pts)  England (41 pts)  United States (39 pts)
1989 Poland Leszno  Denmark (48 pts)  Sweden (44 pts)  England (37 pts)
1990 Germany Landshut  Denmark (43 pts)  Australia (41 pts)  Hungary (33 pts)
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
1991 Poland Poznań  Denmark (28 pts)  Sweden (24 pts)  Norway (19 pts)
1992 Italy Lonigo  United States (23+3 pts)  England (23+2 pts)  Sweden (22 pts)
1993 Denmark Vojens  Sweden (26 pts)  United States (23 pts)  Denmark (21 pts)
Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place

See also[edit]