2004 Speedway Grand Prix

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2004 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
Dates 1 May – October 2
Events 9 in 9 cities in 7 countries
Riders 22 permanents,
2 wild card(s)
Heats 225 (in 9 events)
Champion Gold  AUS Jason Crump
Runner-up Silver  SWE Tony Rickardsson
3rd place Bronze  USA Greg Hancock

The 2004 Speedway Grand Prix season is the tenth season in the Speedway Grand Prix era and is used to determine the Speedway World Champion.

After finishing second in 2001, 2002 and 2003, Jason Crump broke through to become Australia's first Individual World Champion since Jack Young had won his second straight World title in 1952.

Event format[edit]

The system first used in 1998 continued to be adopted with 24 riders, divided into two classes. The eight best would be directly qualified for the "Main Event", while the sixteen others would be knocked out if they finished out of the top two in 4-man heats on two occasions – while they would go through if they finished inside the top two on two occasions. This resulted in 10 heats, where eight proceeded to the Main Event, where exactly the same system was applied to give eight riders to a semi-final.

The semi-finals were then two heats of four, where the top two qualified for a final – there was no consolation final. The 4 finalists scored 25, 20, 18 and 16 points, with 5th and 6th place getting 13, 7th and 8th 11, and after that 8, 8, 7, 7, etc. Places after 8th place were awarded according to the time a rider was knocked out and, secondly, according to position in the last heat he rode in.

Qualification for Grand Prix[edit]

The 2004 season had 22 permanent riders and two wild cards at each event. The permanent riders are highlighted in the results table below.

2004 Event Schedule and Winners[edit]

Calendar

Date Grand Prix Winner
1 May Sweden Leigh Adams results
15 May Czech Republic Jason Crump results
29 May Europe Bjarne Pedersen results
June 12 Cardiff, Great Britain Greg Hancock results
June 26 Copenhagen, Denmark Jason Crump results
August 21 Scandinavia Hans Andersen results
September 4 Slovenia Tony Rickardsson results
September 18 Poland Tomasz Gollob results
October 2 Norway Tony Rickardsson results

Final 2004 standings

Pos. Rider Name Pts
1 Jason Crump 158 (20,25,8,16,25,20,13,20,11)
2 Tony Rickardsson 155 (18,18,18,8,7,18,25,18,25)
3 Greg Hancock 137 (13,11,8,25,18,16,20,6,20)
4 Leigh Adams 131 (25,13,11,20,11,11,11,13,16)
5 Nicki Pedersen 113 (13,8,13,13,16,13,13,11,13)
6 Tomasz Gollob 113 (16,13,7,11,6,11,6,25,18)
7 Andreas Jonsson 97 (5,7,7,13,20,8,16,8,13)
8 Jarosław Hampel 81 (3,20,20,6,-,6,6,13,7)
9 Hans Andersen 80 (4,6,3,3,7,25,18,8,6)
10 Bjarne Pedersen 78 (8,4,25,6,8,8,11,5,3)
11 Lee Richardson 76 (11,11,5,18,5,7,7,7,5)
12 Scott Nicholls 66 (5,-,4,11,11,13,5,11,6)
13 Ryan Sullivan 65 (7,16,11,5,4,4,4,6,8)
14 Rune Holta 60 (6,8,1,5,4,1,8,16,11)
15 Piotr Protasiewicz 55 (2,1,16,7,5,5,5,7,7)
16 Mikael Max 49 (6,3,6,2,8,5,7,4,8)
17 Mark Loram 38 (8,4,6,7,2,2,3,4,2)
18 Jesper B. Jensen 37 (11,5,2,1,6,4,1,2,5)
19 Bohumil Brhel 32 (7,7,5,4,2,3,2,1,1)
20 Kaj Laukkanen 25 (1,1,3,1,3,6,3,3,4)
21 Lukáš Dryml 22 (3,6,2,2,1,3,4,1,-)
22 Aleš Dryml, Jr. 22 (1,3,1,3,3,1,2,5,3)
23 Grzegorz Walasek 13 (-,-,13,-,-,-,-,-,-)
24 Niels Kristian Iversen 13 (-,-,-,-,13,-,-,-,-)
25 Kenneth Bjerre 13 (-,-,-,-,13,-,-,-,-)
26 Matej Žagar 8 (-,-,-,-,-,-,8,-,-)
27 David Norris 8 (-,-,8,-,-,-,-,-,-)
28 Peter Karlsson 7 (-,-,-,-,-,7,-,-,-)
29 Rafał Dobrucki 5 (-,5,-,-,-,-,-,-,-)
30 Arnt Förland 4 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,4)
31 Fredrik Lindgren 4 (4,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-)
32 Chris Louis 4 (-,-,-,4,-,-,-,-,-)
33 Wiesław Jaguś 4 (-,-,4,-,-,-,-,-,-)
34 Krzysztof Kasprzak 3 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,3,-)
35 Tomasz Chrzanowski 2 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,2,-)
36 Peter Ljung 2 (2,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-)
37 Robert Barth 2 (-,2,-,-,-,-,-,-,-)
38 Rune Sola 2 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,2)
39 Antonio Lindbäck 2 (-,-,-,-,-,2,-,-,-)
40 Antonín Šváb, Jr. 2 (-,-,2,-,-,-,-,-,-)
41 Izak Šantej 1 (-,-,-,-,-,-,1,-,-)
42 Joonas Kylmäkorpi 1 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,1)
43 Simon Stead 1 (-,-,-,-,1,-,-,-,-)

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