1980 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1980 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1980 Individual Speedway World Championship.

With 1979 World Champion Ivan Mauger failing to qualify for a World Final for the first time since 1965, and Ole Olsen only qualifying as a reserve, the 1980 World Final at the Ullevi Stadium in Göteborg, Sweden was seen as an open final with a number of potential winners. Michael Lee, Bruce Penhall, Dave Jessup and Billy Sanders considered the favourites with Jan Andersson (the only Swedish rider in the World Final), John Davis, Hans Nielsen, Zenon Plech, Intercontinental Final winner Chris Morton and 1976 World Champion Peter Collins all expected to challenge.

Twenty-two-year-old English ace Lee who had only finished 7th in the Intercontinental Final at White City, won his only World Championship with 14 points from his 5 rides. Dave Jessup finished second after defeating Billy Sanders in a runoff when both riders finished on 12 points to give England a 1-2 finish in a World Final.

Michael Lee became only the fourth rider from Great Britain to win Motorcycle speedway's ultimate individual prize, joining Welshman Freddie Williams (1950), and fellow Englishman Peter Craven (1955 and 1962) and Peter Collins (1976) as a Speedway World Champion.

British Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
8 April United KingdomMilton Keynes United Kingdom Mike Lanham United Kingdom Robert Hollinworth United Kingdom David Kennett
9 April United KingdomNottingham United Kingdom Dave Perks United Kingdom Dave Morton United Kingdom Paul Woods
11 April United KingdomPeterborough United Kingdom Andy Hines United Kingdom Nicky Allott United Kingdom Nigel Flatman
11 April United KingdomEllesmere Port Rhodesia Peter Prisloo United Kingdom Derek Richardson United Kingdom David Gagen
13 April United KingdomRye House United Kingdom Malvin Taylor United Kingdom Bob Garrad United Kingdom Ian Clark
27 April United KingdomHalifax United Kingdom Mike Lanham United Kingdom Kevin Hawkins United Kingdom Dave Morton
Semi-Finals
21 May United KingdomPoole United Kingdom Peter Collins United Kingdom Gordon Kennett United Kingdom Kevin Jolly
22 May United KingdomSheffield United Kingdom Dave Jessup United Kingdom Chris Morton United Kingdom Dave Morton
Final
4 June United KingdomCoventry United Kingdom Dave Jessup United Kingdom Michael Lee United Kingdom Phil Collins result

British Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 United Kingdom Dave Jessup (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 United Kingdom Michael Lee (3,3,3,3,2) 14
3 United Kingdom Phil Collins (1,2,2,3,3) 11
4 United Kingdom Peter Collins (3,3,0,3,1) 10
5 United Kingdom Gordon Kennett (2,2,2,2,2) 10
6 United Kingdom John Louis (3,1,3,1,1) 9
7 United Kingdom John Davis (X,2,1,2,3) 8
8 United Kingdom Chris Morton (0,1,1,2,3) 7
9 United Kingdom Melvyn Taylor (2,1,X,2,2) 7
10 United Kingdom Reg Wilson (2,2,1,1,0) 6+3
11 United Kingdom Bobby Beaton (0,1,3,0,2) 6+2
12 United Kingdom Ian Cartwright (1,0,2,1,1) 5
13 United Kingdom Dave Morton (1,3,0,0,0) 4
14 United Kingdom Kevin Jolly (2,0,1,0,1) 4
15 Rhodesia Peter Prinsloo (2,1,0,1,0) 4
16 United Kingdom Mike Lanham (0,0,0,0,0) 0

Swedish Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Semi-Finals
4 May SwedenMalilla Sweden Tommy Johansson Sweden Tommy Nilsson Sweden Conny Samuelsson
4 May SwedenGislaved Sweden Anders Michanek Sweden Bo Wirebrand Sweden Hans Danielsson
8 May SwedenLinköping Sweden Bernt Persson Sweden Richard Hellsen Sweden Borje Klingberg
Final
20 May SwedenNorrköping Sweden Jan Andersson Sweden Richard Hellsen Sweden Tommy Johansson

Swedish Final[edit]

  • May 20, 1980
  • Sweden Norrköping
  • Winner to World Final, riders 2-5 to Nordic Final
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos
1 Sweden (13) Jan Andersson 13 2 3 3 2 3 13 1
2 Sweden (15) Rickard Hellsen 12 3 3 3 X 3 12 2
3 Sweden (2) Tommy Johansson 12 2 3 2 3 2 12 3
4 Sweden (8) Anders Michanek 11 3 3 2 1 2 11 4
5 Sweden (14) Bernt Persson 11 1 2 3 2 3 11 5
6 Sweden (9) Bengt Jansson 10 1 2 1 3 3 10 6
7 Sweden (11) Tommy Nilsson 9 2 2 3 0 2 9 7
8 Sweden (16) Borje Klingberg 7 0 1 2 3 1 7 8
9 Sweden (1) Hans Danielsson 7 1 1 1 3 1 7 9
10 Sweden (10) Rolf Sundberg 6 3 X 1 2 0 6 10
11 Sweden (6) Per-Ove Gundmundsson 6 2 1 0 1 2 6 11
12 Sweden (4) Bo Wirebrand 5 3 0 2 X - 5 12
13 Sweden (7) Conny Samuelsson 3 1 1 0 1 0 3 13
14 Sweden (12) Lillebror Johansson 2 0 2 E - - 2 14
15 Sweden (5) Bengt Gustavsson 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 15
16 Sweden (3) Jan Eriksson 0 E F F - - 0 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Karl-Erik Claesson 4 0 2 1 1 4 R1
R2 Sweden (R2) Uno Johansson 1 1 0 1 R2
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

New Zealand Final[edit]

  • 2 February 1980
  • New Zealand Aucland
  • First 8 to Austral-Asian Final
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 New Zealand Larry Ross 3,3,2,3,3 14
2 New Zealand David Bargh 3,3,3,3,2 14
3 New Zealand Tony Briggs 2,3,2,2,3 12
4 New Zealand Graeme Stapleton 3,2,3,2,1 11
5 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 1,3,1,3,3 11
6 New Zealand Wayne Brown 3,2,3,3,- 11
7 New Zealand Mike Fullerton 2,1,1,2,3 9
8 New Zealand Colin Tucker 2,0,2,1,2 7
9 New Zealand Roger Wright 1,2,3,1,0 7
10 New Zealand Max Brown 0,2,2,1,1 6
11 New Zealand Neil Abrahams 2,1,0,0,2 5
12 New Zealand Greg Joynt 1,1,1,2,x 5
13 New Zealand Colin Farquharson 1,F,0,0,2 3
14 New Zealand Greame Beardsley 0,F,1,-,- 1
15 New Zealand Paul Fewings F,1,F,-,- 1
16 New Zealand James Moore E,0,-,-,- 0
R1 New Zealand William Aulsfold 0,0,1,1 2
R2 New Zealand Roger Pauling 0,0 0

Intercontinental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
American Final
16 November 1979 United StatesAnaheim United StatesBruce Penhall United StatesScott Autrey United StatesDennis Sigalos
Austral-Asian Final
16 February New ZealandChristchurch Australia Billy Sanders Australia John Titman New Zealand Larry Ross
Danish Final
6 May DenmarkFredericia Denmark Bo Petersen Denmark Preben Eriksen Denmark Bent Rasmussen
Norwegian Final
18 May NorwaySkien Norway Reidar Eide Norway Audun Ove Olsen Norway Rolf Gramstad
Scandinavian Final
15 June NorwaySkien Denmark Hans Nielsen Denmark Ole Olsen Denmark Finn Thomsen
Commonwealth Final
5 July United KingdomWimbledon United Kingdom Dave Jessup United Kingdom John Louis New Zealand Ivan Mauger
Intercontinental Final
3 August United KingdomWhite City United Kingdom Chris Morton United States Bruce Penhall Australia Billy Sanders

American Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 United States Bruce Penhall 14
2 United States Scott Autrey 13+3
3 United States Dennis Sigalos 13+2
4 United States Ron Preston 13+1
5 United States Shawn Moran 10
6 United States Gene Woods 10
7 United States John Cook 9
8 United States Mike Faria 7
9 United States Bobby Schwartz 5
10 United States Alan Christian 5
11 United States Denny Pyeatt 5
12 United States Duane Yarrow 5
13 United States Brad Oxley 4
14 United States John Santona 4
15 United States Dan McNeill 3
16 United States Kelly Moran 1
17 United States Larry Kosta 0

Austral-Asian Final[edit]

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 Australia (10) Billy Sanders 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 Australia (1) John Titman 13 3 3 2 3 2 13 2
3 New Zealand (16) Larry Ross 12 3 3 3 2 1 12 3
4 New Zealand (2) Mitch Shirra 12 2 2 3 3 2 12 4
5 Australia (4) Phil Crump 11 1 2 2 3 3 11 5 3
6 New Zealand (7) Tony Briggs 11 2 3 1 2 3 11 6 2
7 Australia (6) Mike Farrell 10 3 1 1 2 3 10 7
8 Australia (14) Phil Herne 8 2 0 3 1 2 8 8
9 Australia (3) Steve Koppe 7 0 2 2 1 2 7 9
10 Australia (11) Glyn Taylor 5 2 1 0 2 0 5 10
11 Australia (5) Gleen McDonald 5 0 2 2 0 1 5 11
12 New Zealand (15) Graeme Stapleton 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 12
13 Australia (13) Keith Wright 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 13
14 New Zealand (9) David Bargh 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 14
15 New Zealand (8) Mike Fullerton 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 15
16 New Zealand (12) Wayne Brown 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 16
R1 New Zealand (R1) Roger Wright 0 0 R1
R2 New Zealand (R2) Max Brown 0 0 R2
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

Danish Final[edit]

  • May 4, 1980
  • Denmark Fredericia
  • First 6 to Scandinavian final
Pos. Rider Total
1 Denmark Bo Petersen 15
2 Denmark Preben Eriksen 13
3 Denmark Bent Rasmussen 12+3
4 Denmark Finn Rune Jensen 12+2
5 Denmark Finn Thomsen 10
6 Denmark Michael Lohman 8
7 Denmark Alf Busk 8
8 Denmark Jens Henry Nielsen 7
9 Denmark Lars Vinding 6
10 Denmark Arne Cruse 6
11 Denmark Gunnar Hansen 6
12 Denmark Finn Lundahl 5
13 Denmark Steen Mastrup 5
14 Denmark Hans Cristiansen 3
15 Denmark Svend Lund 3
16 Denmark Gunnar Svendsen 1

Norwegian Final[edit]

  • May 18, 1980
  • Norway Skien
  • First 3 to Scandinavian final
Pos. Rider Total
1 Norway Reidar Eide 14
2 Norway Audun Ove Olsen 13
3 Norway Rolf Gramstad 12+3
4 Norway Dag Haaland 12+2
5 Norway Trond Skretting 10
6 Norway Terje Tollefsen 8
7 Norway Sigvart Pedersen 7
8 Norway Kjell Gimre 7
9 Norway Jon Hovind 6
10 Norway Roy Otto 6
11 Norway Jorn Haugvaldstad 6
12 Norway Toralf Holen 6
13 Norway Asgeir Bjerga 4
14 Norway Geir Aasland 4
15 Norway Rolf Havirstad 2
16 Norway Dagvinn Jorgensen 2

Scandinavian Final[edit]

  • June 15, 1980
  • Norway Skien
  • First 5 to World final
Pos. Rider Total
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen 15
2 Denmark Ole Olsen 14
3 Denmark Finn Thomsen 13
4 Denmark Bent Rasmussen 12
5 Finland Kai Niemi 10
6 Finland Ila Teromaa 8
7 Denmark Bo Petersen 8
8 Sweden Hans Danielsson 7
9 Sweden Tommy Johansson 7
10 Denmark Preben Eriksen 6
11 Norway Rolf Gramstad 5
12 Sweden Bernt Persson 5
13 Finland Veijo Tyoriniemi 4
14 Norway Audun Ove Olsen 2
15 Norway Reidar Eide 1
16 Sweden Bengt Jansson 0

Commonwealth Final[edit]

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 United Kingdom (2) Dave Jessup 14 3 2 3 3 3 14 1
2 United Kingdom (14) John Louis 13 2 3 2 3 3 13 2
3 New Zealand (3) Ivan Mauger 12 2 3 1 3 3 12 3
4 United Kingdom (8) John Davis 11 1 2 3 2 3 11 4
5 Australia (9) Billy Sanders 10 3 3 0 3 1 10 5
6 United Kingdom (4) Chris Morton 11 0 3 3 3 2 11 6
7 United Kingdom (5) Michael Lee 9 3 2 2 1 1 9 7
8 New Zealand (7) Mitch Shirra 9 2 2 1 2 2 9 8
9 United Kingdom (10) Peter Collins 7 1 0 3 2 1 7 9
10 United Kingdom (15) Gordon Kennett 6 3 1 1 1 0 6 10 3
11 New Zealand (1) Larry Ross 6 1 1 1 1 2 6 11 E
12 United Kingdom (12) Phil Collins 5 2 1 0 0 2 5 12
13 Australia (6) John Titman 4 0 1 3 0 E 4 13
14 United Kingdom (11) Mervyn Taylor 3 F 0 2 1 0 3 14
15 Australia (13) Phil Crump 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 15
16 United Kingdom (16) Reg Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1 Australia (R1) Phil Herne 0 0 R1
R2 United Kingdom (R2) Bobby Beaton 0 0 R2
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

Intercontinental Final[edit]

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos
1 United Kingdom (1) Chris Morton 12 2 1 3 3 3 12 1 3
2 United States (5) Bruce Penhall 12 3 3 1 3 2 12 2 2
3 Australia (15) Billy Sanders 11 1 3 3 2 2 11 3 3
4 Finland (3) Kai Niemi 11 3 2 2 1 3 11 4 2
5 Denmark (16) Finn Thomsen 10 2 2 1 2 3 10 5
6 United Kingdom (8) Dave Jessup 9 2 3 0 3 1 9 6
7 United Kingdom (13) Michael Lee 9 3 0 3 1 2 9 7
8 United Kingdom (9) John Davis 9 1 2 3 1 2 9 8
9 Denmark (4) Hans Nielsen 8 1 1 X 3 3 8 9
10 United Kingdom (2) Peter Collins 7 0 3 2 2 0 7 10
11 Denmark (7) Ole Olsen 6 1 1 2 1 1 6 11
12 United States (11) Scott Autrey 6 3 0 2 E 1 6 12
13 New Zealand (14) Ivan Mauger 5 0 2 1 2 0 5 13
14 United Kingdom (12) John Louis 3 2 0 0 0 1 3 14
15 New Zealand (6) Mitch Shirra 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 15
16 Denmark (10) Bent Leif Rasmussen 0 0 0 F - - 0 16
R1 United Kingdom (R1) Gordon Kennett 0 0 0 R1
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

Continental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
19 April West GermanyLandshut West Germany Egon Muller West Germany Waldemar Bacik Poland Edward Jancarz
20 April PolandBydgoszcz Czechoslovakia Zdeněk Kudrna Poland Jerzy Rembas Poland Marek Ziarnik
20 April ItalyTreviso Czechoslovakia Milan Špinka Czechoslovakia Vaclav Verner Austria Herbert Szerecz
20 April Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaŽarnovica Czechoslovakia Petr Ondrašík Czechoslovakia Jan Hadek Czechoslovakia Petr Kučera
Quarter-Finals
3 May CzechoslovakiaSlany Soviet Union Mikhail Starostin Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl Czechoslovakia Jan Verner
4 May Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaPrelog Netherlands Henny Kroeze Czechoslovakia Vaclav Verner Czechoslovakia Milan Špinka
4 May AustriaWiener Neustadt Czechoslovakia Zdeněk Kudrna Poland Jerzy Rembas Poland Piotr Pyszny
Semi-Finals
25 May West GermanyNorden Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl Poland Edward Jancarz Czechoslovakia Petr Ondrašík
27 May BulgariaTargovishte Czechoslovakia Zdeněk Kudrna Czechoslovakia Vaclav Verner Czechoslovakia Aleš Dryml, Sr.
Final
27 July ItalyLonigo Poland Zenon Plech Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl Czechoslovakia Aleš Dryml, Sr.

Continental Final[edit]

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos
1 Poland (16) Zenon Plech 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 1 3
2 Czechoslovakia (13) Jiří Štancl 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 2 2
3 Czechoslovakia (7) Aleš Dryml, Sr. 12 1 3 2 3 3 12 3
4 West Germany (1) Egon Müller 11 3 1 2 2 3 11 4
5 Czechoslovakia (5) Petr Ondrašík 11 2 2 2 2 3 11 5
6 Czechoslovakia (6) Vaclav Verner 9 3 1 1 2 2 9 6
7 Soviet Union (4) Michail Starostin 7 2 2 F 3 E 7 7
8 Poland (8) Jerzy Rembas 7 X 1 3 1 2 7 8
9 West Germany (14) Georg Hack 7 1 2 2 F 2 7 9
10 Czechoslovakia (11) Milan Spinka 6 3 2 0 0 1 6 10
11 Czechoslovakia (10) Zdeněk Kudrna 6 X 3 1 1 1 6 11
12 Poland (2) Andrzej Huszcza 6 F E 3 2 1 6 12
13 West Germany (3) Andrew Curworth 3 1 0 1 0 1 3 13
14 Poland (12) Wojciech Zabialowicz 2 1 0 0 1 F 2 14
15 Soviet Union (15) Nikolay Kornev 2 0 1 1 E F 2 15
16 Poland (9) Edward Jancarz 0 F - - - 0 16
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

World Final[edit]

  • 5 September 1980
  • Sweden Göteborg, Ullevi[1]
  • Referee: (Norway) Torrie Kittlesen
  • Attendance: 35,000 (approx)
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 United Kingdom (9) Michael Lee 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 1
2 United Kingdom (10) Dave Jessup 12 3 2 2 2 3 12 2 3
3 Australia (13) Billy Sanders 12 3 1 3 2 3 12 3 2
4 Sweden (5) Jan Andersson 11 3 0 2 3 3 11 4
5 United States (1) Bruce Penhall 9 3 2 1 1 2 9 5
6 United Kingdom (2) John Davis 9 2 1 1 3 2 9 6
7 United Kingdom (11) Peter Collins 8 1 3 3 1 0 8 7
8 Finland (12) Kai Niemi 8 0 1 3 2 2 8 8
9 United Kingdom (7) Chris Morton 8 2 1 1 3 1 8 9
10 Denmark (14) Finn Thomsen 7 2 3 1 0 1 7 10
11 Denmark (4) Hans Nielsen 7 1 2 0 2 2 7 11
12 Czechoslovakia (8) Aleš Dryml, Sr. 5 0 3 2 0 0 5 12
13 Czechoslovakia (15) Jiří Štancl 5 1 2 0 1 1 5 13
14 West Germany (6) Egon Muller 4 1 0 2 E 1 4 14
15 Poland (16) Zenon Plech 1 E 0 0 1 0 1 15
16 Czechoslovakia (3) Petr Ondrašík 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1 Denmark (R1) Ole Olsen 0 0 R1
R2 Czechoslovakia (R2) Vaclav Verner 0 0 R2
R3 Sweden (R3) Hans Danielsson 0 0 R3
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5