1985 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1985 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1985 Individual Speedway World Championship was an event in the sport of motorcycle speedway, held at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, United Kingdom on 31 August 1985.

Odsal Stadium, the new home of international speedway in England after the demise of the Wembley Stadium and White City Stadium tracks, was chosen by the FIM to host the 1985 Final; the first time that the final had been held in England at a venue other than Wembley.

A crowd of around 30,000 attended the 1985 Final, which was won by defending champion Erik Gundersen of Denmark from fellow Dane Hans Nielsen and surprise third placing Sam Ermolenko of the United States. All three riders finished the meeting on 13 points and were forced into a run-off to decide the podium placings. The only English rider in the field, 21-year-old Kelvin Tatum, finished 8th with 8 points in his first World Final. He won his first race, but later admitted that he let the occasion get to him which affected his riding.

British Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
11 April United KingdomRye House United Kingdom Mike Ferreira United Kingdom Jamie Luckhurst United Kingdom Andrew Silver
17 April United KingdomLong Eaton United Kingdom Trevor Banks United Kingdom Dave Perks United Kingdom Louis Carr
18 April United KingdomMiddlesbrough United Kingdom Steve Wilcock United Kingdom Geoff Pusey United Kingdom Mike Spink
19 April United KingdomPeterborough United Kingdom Carl Blackbird United Kingdom Tim Hunt United Kingdom Kevin Hawkinse
19 April ScotlandEdinburgh United Kingdom David Blackburn United Kingdom Paul Thorp United Kingdom Bobby Beaton
Semi-Finals
19 May United KingdomHalifax United Kingdom Kenny Carter United Kingdom John Davis United Kingdom Neil Collins
22 May United KingdomCradley Heath United Kingdom Andy Grahame United Kingdom Kelvin Tatum United Kingdom Simon Cross
Final
6 June United KingdomCoventry United Kingdom Kenny Carter United Kingdom John Davis United Kingdom Kelvin Tatum

British 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) Kenny Carter 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 United Kingdom (12) John Davis 14 3 3 2 3 3 14 2
3 United Kingdom (8) Kelvin Tatum 12 3 1 3 2 3 12 3
4 United Kingdom (9) Phil Collins 11 1 3 2 3 2 11 4
5 United Kingdom (6) Chris Morton 9 1 2 3 2 1 9 5
6 United Kingdom (16) Neil Collins 9 1 2 2 3 1 9 6
7 United Kingdom (3) Andy Smith 7 2 1 0 2 2 7 7
8 United Kingdom (5) Les Collins 6 2 0 0 1 3 6 8 3
9 United Kingdom (13) Simon Cross 6 0 2 3 1 0 6 9 2
10 United Kingdom (14) Neil Evitts 6 3 0 1 0 2 6 10 1
11 United Kingdom (10) Peter Collins 5 2 1 1 E 1 5 11
12 United Kingdom (15) Tim Hunt 5 2 F 1 0 2 5 12
13 United Kingdom (11) Andy Grahame 4 0 3 0 0 1 4 13
14 United Kingdom (1) Dave Jessup 4 1 1 1 1 0 4 14
15 United Kingdom (7) Andy Campbell 4 0 2 0 2 0 4 15
16 United Kingdom (4) Alan Grahame 3 0 F 2 1 E 3 16
R1 United Kingdom (R1) Steve Bastable 0 0 R1
R2 United Kingdom (R2) Mark Courtney 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

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Swedish Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Semi-Finals
4 May SwedenStockholm Sweden Tommy Nilsson Sweden Partik Karlsson Sweden Erik Stenlund
4 May SwedenMalilla Sweden Per Jonsson Sweden Anders Kling Sweden Mikael Blixt
5 May SwedenMariestad Sweden Jimmy Nilsen Sweden Per Ove Gudmunsson Sweden Richard Hellsen
Final
20 May SwedenÖrebro Sweden Erik Stenlund Sweden Tommy Nilsson Sweden Richard Hellsen
21 May SwedenGislaved Sweden Tommy Nillson Sweden Jimmy Nilsen Sweden Pierre Brannefors
22 May SwedenLinkoping Sweden Per Jonsson Sweden Tommy Nilsson Sweden Richard Hellsen

Australian Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Northern Territory Final
3 November 84 AustraliaTennant Creek AustraliaDavid Jackson AustraliaBrent Knott AustraliaGlen Baxter
Queensland Final
24 November 84 AustraliaAyr Australia Steve Regeling Australia Stan Bear Australia Steve Koppe
South Australian Final
1 December 84 AustraliaMurray Bridge Australia Mark Fiora Australia Steve Baker Australia Darryl Branford
Western Australian Final
7 December 84 AustraliaPerth Australia Mick McKenna
New South Wales Final
16 December 84 AustraliaNapier Australia Billy Sanders Australia Gary Guglielmi Australia Rudy Muts
Victorian Final
23 December 84 AustraliaMildura Australia Phil Crump Australia Rod Hunter Australia Bill Barret
Australian Final
5 January AustraliaAyr Australia Billy Sanders Australia Phil Crump Australia Stan Bear

Australian Final[edit]

  • January 5, 1985
  • Australia Ayr
  • First 2 to Overseas final
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Australia Billy Sanders (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 Australia Phil Crump (X,3,2,2,3) 11
3 Australia Stan Bear (2,2,2,2,3) 11
4 Australia Mark Fiora (2,2,3,2,2) 11
5 Australia Steve Regeling (1,3,0,3,3) 10
6 Australia Allan Rivett (3,1,3,1,2) 10
7 Australia Gary Guglielmi (3,3,X,2,X) 8
8 Australia Rod Hunter (1,1,3,1,2) 8
9 Australia Steve Koppe (3,2,1,X,1) 7
10 Australia Ray Palmer (0,0,2,2,2) 6
11 Australia David Jackson (1,2,2,0,1) 6
12 Australia Steve Baker (2,0,1,1,0) 4
13 Australia Rudy Muts (2,1,0,0,F) 3
14 Australia Brent Nott (1,1,F,X,X) 2
15 Australia Darryl Branfort (0,0,1,1,0) 2
16 Australia Bill Barett (0,X,X,0,0) 0
R1 Australia Craig Drennan (3,1) 4
18 Australia Mal Bedkoper (1) 1

Intercontinental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Norwegian Final
1 May NorwayElgane NorwayEinar Kyllingstad NorwayRoy Otto NorwayDag Haaland
Danish Final
5 May DenmarkBrovst Denmark Hans Nielsen Denmark Erik Gundersen Denmark Preben Eriksen
American Final
8 June United StatesLong Beach United States John Cook United States Sam Ermolenko United States Shawn Moran
Scandinavian Final
9 June DenmarkFjelsted Denmark Tommy Knudsen Sweden Jan Andersson Denmark Erik Gundersen
Overseas Final
14 July United KingdomBradford United States Shawn Moran United Kingdom Kenny Carter United States Lance King
Intercontinental Final
3 August SwedenVetlanda United States Shawn Moran United States Lance King Denmark Hans Nielsen

Norwegian Final[edit]

  • May 1, 1985
  • Norway Elgane
  • First to Scandinavian final
Pos. Rider Total
1 Norway Einar Kyllingstad 15
2 Norway Roy Otto 14
3 Norway Dag Haaland 11
4 Norway Ingvar Skogland 11
5 Norway Erlend Skretting 10
6 Norway Kjel Arvid Gimre 10
7 Norway Per Leveng 9
8 Norway Arnt Forland 9
9 Norway Willi Tjessem 7
10 Norway Robert Langaland 7
11 Norway Gjermund Aas 4
12 Norway Aasger Bjerga 3
13 Norway Jan Slaatter 3
14 Norway Kurt Ueland 3
15 Norway Geir Aasland 3
16 Norway Gunnar Tunaem 1

Danish Final[edit]

  • May 5, 1985
  • Denmark Brovst
  • First 7 to Scandinavian final
Pos. Rider Total
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen 15
2 Denmark Erik Gundersen 13+3
3 Denmark Preben Eriksen 13+2
4 Denmark Tommy Knudsen 11
5 Denmark Finn Rune Jensen 10
6 Denmark Jan O. Pedersen 10
7 Denmark John Jørgensen 10
8 Denmark Jens Rasmussen 9
9 Denmark Fleming Pedersen 6
10 Denmark John Eskilden 6
11 Denmark Bo Petersen 6
12 Denmark Sam Nikolajsen 3
13 Denmark Brian Jacobsen 2
14 Denmark Aksel Jepsen 2
15 Denmark Per Sorensen 2
16 Denmark Frank Andersen 1
R1 Denmark Helge Hansen 1

American 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 States (12) John Cook 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 United States (3) Sam Ermolenko 13 3 3 2 3 2 13 2
3 United States (8) Shawn Moran 12 2 2 3 3 2 12 3
4 United States (14) Lance King 11 3 3 1 2 2 11 4 3
5 United States (13) Rick Miller 11 2 3 3 2 1 11 5 2
6 United States (5) Bobby Schwartz 11 3 2 1 2 3 11 6 1
7 United States (15) Kelly Moran 11 1 2 2 3 3 11 7 F
8 United States (10) Alan Christian 7 1 2 2 1 1 7 8
9 United States (9) Brad Oxley 7 2 0 0 2 3 7 9
10 United States (6) Keith Larsen 5 1 1 3 0 F 5 10
11 United States (4) Mike Carusco 5 1 1 1 1 1 5 11
12 United States (1) Mike Faria 3 2 1 F X 0 3 12
13 United States (7) Keith Christo 3 0 1 0 1 1 3 13
14 United States (11) Jim Lawson 3 X 0 2 1 0 3 14
15 United States (2) Mike Dwyer 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 15
16 United States (16) Gene Woods 1 0 X 1 0 0 1 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 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

Scandinavian 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 Denmark (3) Tommy Knudsen 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 Sweden (14) Jan Andersson 12 2 2 2 3 3 12 2
3 Denmark (15) Erik Gundersen 11 3 0 3 2 3 11 3
4 Denmark (10) Hans Nielsen 10 E 3 3 2 2 10 4
5 Finland (1) Kai Niemi 10 2 3 3 1 1 10 5
6 Denmark (11) Jan O. Pedersen 10 2 2 2 2 2 10 6
7 Denmark (12) John Jørgensen 8 3 1 2 0 2 8 7 3
8 Sweden (4) Tommy Nillson 8 1 3 E 3 1 8 8 2
9 Denmark (8) Preben Eriksen 7 2 2 E 3 0 7 9
10 Sweden (7) Richard Hellsen 7 1 1 1 2 2 7 10
11 Sweden (13) Per Jonsson 6 1 2 2 0 1 6 11
12 Norway (2) Einar Kyllingstad 5 0 0 1 1 3 5 12
13 Denmark (5) Finn Rune Jensen 5 3 1 0 1 0 5 13
14 Finland (6) Ari Koponen 3 0 1 1 1 0 3 14
15 Sweden (9) Erik Stenlund 2 X 0 1 0 1 2 15
16 Finland (16) Olli Tyrvainen 0 0 0 0 E 0 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 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

Overseas Final[edit]

  • July 14, 1985
  • United Kingdom Bradford, Odsal Stadium
  • First 10 to the Intercontinental Final plus 1 reserve
  • David Bargh seeded direct to Overseas Final by the New Zealand Auto Cycle Union
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 States (3) Shawn Moran 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 1 3
2 United Kingdom (2) Kenny Carter 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 2 2
3 United States (4) Lance King 12 0 3 3 3 3 12 3
4 United Kingdom (1) Andy Smith 11 1 2 3 2 3 11 4
5 United Kingdom (7) John Davis 11 2 2 2 3 2 11 5
6 United Kingdom (6) Kelvin Tatum 10 3 0 2 2 3 10 6
7 United States (14) John Cook 8 3 1 2 0 2 8 7
8 Australia (8) Phil Crump 8 1 2 1 2 2 8 8
9 United States (10) Sam Ermolenko 7 3 2 0 1 1 7 9
10 United Kingdom (13) Phil Collins 6 1 3 1 1 0 6 10 3
11 United Kingdom (12) Chris Morton 6 2 0 2 1 1 6 11 2
12 United Kingdom (15) Neil Collins 5 2 1 1 1 0 5 12
13 Australia (16) Stan Bear 5 F 1 1 2 1 5 13
14 New Zealand (11) David Bargh 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 14
15 United States (9) Rick Miller 1 0 1 0 E 0 1 15
16 United Kingdom (5) Les Collins 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 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 21
1 United States (2) Shawn Moran 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 1
2 United States (11) Lance King 12 3 2 2 2 3 12 2 3
3 Denmark (9) Hans Nielsen 12 1 2 3 3 3 12 3 2
4 Sweden (1) Jan Andersson 11 2 3 1 3 2 11 4
5 Finland (12) Kai Niemi 10 2 3 0 2 3 10 5
6 Denmark (15) Tommy Knudsen 9 3 F 1 2 3 9 6
7 United States (5) Sam Ermolenko 9 3 1 2 2 1 9 7
8 United Kingdom (3) Kelvin Tatum 8 0 3 2 1 2 8 8
9 United States (7) John Cook 8 2 1 3 1 1 8 9
10 Denmark (16) Erik Gundersen 7 0 1 3 3 0 7 10
11 Denmark (4) Jan O. Pedersen 6 1 2 1 0 2 6 11
12 United Kingdom (13) Phil Collins 5 1 0 2 1 1 5 12
13 United Kingdom (10) John Davis 3 0 2 0 0 1 3 13
14 United Kingdom (14) Kenny Carter 2 2 F - - - 2 14
15 Australia (8) Phil Crump 2 1 0 1 0 F 2 15
16 United Kingdom (6) Andy Smith 2 F 1 0 1 0 2 16
R1 Denmark (R1) John Jørgensen 0 0 0 0 R1
R2 United Kingdom (R2) Chris Morton 0 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

Continental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
21 April West GermanyDiedenbergen West Germany Klaus Lausch West Germany Hubert Diener Czechoslovakia Stanislav Urban
21 April BulgariaTargovishte Bulgaria Angel Jeftimov Soviet Union Igor Stolyarov Poland Grzegorz Dzikowski
21 April PolandToruń Poland Leonard Raba Poland Wojciech Zabialowicz Czechoslovakia Antonín Kasper, Jr.
21 April HungaryMiskolc Soviet Union Viktor Kuznetsov Poland Wojciech Zaluski Hungary Josef Petrikovics
Quarter-Finals
1 May ItalyLonigo Italy Armando Castagna Poland Grzegorz Dzikowski Italy Valentino Furlanetto
1 May Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaKrsko Czechoslovakia Antonín Kasper, Jr. Italy Armando Dal Chiele Hungary Laszlo Bodi
1 May West GermanyBremen West Germany Klaush Lausch Czechoslovakia Vaclav Verner Czechoslovakia Zdenek Schneiderwind
5 May AustriaWiener Neustadt Hungary Zoltan Adorjan Hungary Sandor Tihanyi Poland Andrzej Huszcza
Semi-Finals
9 June HungaryDebrecen Hungary Zoltan Adorjan Soviet Union Viktor Kuznetsov Hungary Sandor Tihanyi
9 June Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaŽarnovica West Germany Egon Muller West Germany Klaus Lausch Italy Armando Castagna
Final
21 July West GermanyPocking West Germany Egon Muller Italy Armando Castagna Hungary Zoltan Adorjan

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 21
1 West Germany (15) Egon Muller 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 1
2 Italy (11) Armando Castagna 13 3 2 3 3 2 13 2
3 Hungary (14) Zoltan Adorjan 12 3 2 3 1 3 12 3
4 Soviet Union (10) Viktor Kuznetsov 11 0 3 3 3 2 11 4 3
5 West Germany (12) Karl Maier 11 2 2 2 3 2 11 5 2
6 Poland (3) Grzegorz Dzikowski 11 3 1 2 2 3 11 6 1
7 Czechoslovakia (8) Antonín Kasper, Jr. 10 3 3 1 2 1 10 7
8 Czechoslovakia (1) Petr Vandirek 8 2 2 2 2 0 8 8
9 Hungary (9) Sandor Tihanyi 7 1 3 0 2 1 7 9
10 Czechoslovakia (5) Aleš Dryml, Sr. 6 2 1 1 1 1 6 10
11 West Germany (16) Klaus Lausch 5 X 1 1 0 3 5 11
12 Czechoslovakia (7) Lubomír Jedek 5 1 E 2 0 2 5 12
13 Austria (13) Heinrich Schatzer 3 1 X 1 1 0 3 13
14 Czechoslovakia (6) Vaclav Verner 2 0 1 0 1 X 2 14
15 Hungary (4) Zoltan Hajdu 1 1 X 0 0 X 1 15
16 Hungary (2) Laszlo Bodi 0 X 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1 Poland (R1) Andrzej Huszcza 1 1 1 R1
R2 Italy (R2) Giorgio Zaramella 0 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

World 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 Denmark (14) Erik Gundersen 13 1 3 3 3 3 13 1 3
2 Denmark (15) Hans Nielsen 13 3 3 3 1 3 13 2 2
3 United States (13) Sam Ermolenko 13 2 3 3 2 3 13 3 1
4 Finland (8) Kai Niemi 10 2 3 2 3 0 10 4
5 United States (5) Shawn Moran 10 3 1 1 3 2 10 5
6 Denmark (9) Tommy Knudsen 10 2 2 1 2 3 10 6
7 United States (6) John Cook 9 0 2 3 3 1 9 7
8 United Kingdom (1) Kelvin Tatum 8 3 0 1 2 2 8 8
9 Denmark (10) Jan O. Pedersen 7 3 1 1 1 1 7 9
10 Sweden (12) Jan Andersson 7 1 1 2 1 2 7 10
11 United States (11) Lance King 6 0 2 2 1 1 6 11
12 West Germany (3) Egon Muller 5 2 1 E 2 0 5 12
13 Italy (4) Armando Castagna 4 0 2 2 0 0 4 13
14 Hungary (16) Zoltan Adorjan 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 14
15 Soviet Union (2) Viktor Kuznetsov 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 15
16 West Germany (7) Karl Maier 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 16
R1 Poland (R1) Grzegorz Dzikowski 0 0 R1
R2 United Kingdom (R2) Phil Collins 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

References[edit]

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