United States national speedway team

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USA
Flag of the United States.svg
Team manager Billy Hamill
Team captain Greg Hancock
Nation Colour White
SWC Wins 5
Squad: Greg Hancock
Ryan Fisher (c)
Ricky Wells
Billy Janniro
Gino Manzares

The United States national speedway team are an international speedway team from the United States who compete in the annual major international speedway competition, the Speedway World Cup. They are managed by 1996 World Speedway Champion Billy Hamill and the current captain is Ryan Fisher. The team is governed by the American Motorcyclist Association.

Speedway World Cup[edit]

The USA national speedway team has won the Speedway World Team Cup on five occasions and were a major force in early 1990s, winning 3 out of 4 tournaments. Key riding members of the title wins include Billy Hamill (4 wins), Sam Ermolenko and Greg Hancock (both 3 wins). The cup has eluded them since 1998 and the team has become weaker due to the retirements of Sam Ermolenko and Billy Hamill and a lack of recognised experienced riders in Europe.

Year Venue Standings (Pts) USA Riders and Pts
1982 England
White City
1. United States USA (37)
2. Denmark Denmark (24)
3. Germany West Germany (18)
4. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (17)
Kelly Moran 10
Bruce Penhall 10
Bobby Schwartz 9
Shawn Moran 8
Scott Autrey 0
1990 Czech Republic
Pardubice
1. United States USA (37)
2. England England (34)
3. Denmark Denmark (30)
4. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (19)
Kelly Moran 12
Sam Ermolenko 11
Shawn Moran 10
Billy Hamill 4
Rick Miller 0
1992 Sweden
Kumla
1. United States USA (39)
2. Denmark Denmark (33)
3. England England (31)
4. Sweden Sweden (17)
Greg Hancock 11
Sam Ermolenko 10
Billy Hamill 10
Ronnie Correy 5
Bobby Ott 3
1993 England
Coventry
1. United States USA (40)
2. Denmark Denmark (38)
3. Sweden Sweden (28)
4. England England (14)
Sam Ermolenko 11
Bobby Ott 11
Billy Hamill 10
Greg Hancock 10
Josh Larsen -
1998 Denmark
Vojens
1. United States USA (28)
2. Sweden Sweden (24)
3. Denmark Denmark (23)
4. Poland Poland (17)
5. Germany Germany (14)
6. Czech Republic Czech Republic (14)
7. Hungary Hungary (6)
Billy Hamill 16+1
Greg Hancock 12+5
Sam Ermolenko -
Key:
+1,2... - bonus points gained by finishing behind teammate
+1j,+2j... - extra points gained in joker ride

Titles[edit]

Preceded by
Denmark Denmark
World Champions
1982 (1st title)
Succeeded by
Denmark Denmark
Preceded by
England ENG
World Champions
1990 (2nd title)
Succeeded by
Denmark Denmark
Preceded by
Denmark Denmark
World Champions
1992 (3rd title)
1993 (4th title)
Succeeded by
Sweden Sweden
Preceded by
Denmark Denmark
World Champions
1998 (5th title)
Succeeded by
Australia Australia

Notable American riders[edit]