Australian Under-21 Individual Speedway Championship

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The Australian Under-21 Speedway Championship is a motorcycle speedway championship held each year since 1986, with the exception of 1994 and 1995, to determine the Australian Under-21 national champion. The event is organised by Motorcycling Australia (MA). The event was run as the Australian Under-18 Championship in 1986. This lasted just one year and was changed to the Under-21 Championship in 1987 to bring it in line with the Individual Speedway Junior World Championship which is also for Under-21's.

The inaugural Under-21 Championship in 1987 was held at the Undera Park Speedway in Victoria. Queensland riders scored a trifecta. The championship was won by Gary Allan from brothers Steve and Tony Langdon. It would take another 22 years (2009) before another Queenslander would step on the podium when Darcy Ward won the first of three straight titles. Victorian Nigel Tremelling won the single Under-18 Championship in 1986.

Leigh Adams from Mildura, Sydney's Chris Holder and Victorian rider Max Fricke, jointly hold the record for most wins in the Australian Under-21 Championship with four wins each. Adams would win the 1992 Under-21 World Championship as well as winning a record 10 senior Australian Championships while in 1992 he became the first reigning Australian U/21 Champion to win the senior title. Holder won the 2012 World Championship. Triple Australian Under-21 Champion Darcy Ward won the Under-21 World Championship in 2009 and 2010 while finishing second in 2011 while Max Fricke won the Under-21 World Championship in 2016 after finishing 6th in the 2015 U/21 World Championship.

Leigh Adams, Darcy Ward and Max Fricke are the only Australian Under-21 Champions to have won the Under-21 World Championship.

No rider from Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory or the Australian Capital Territory has won the championship, though 2003 and 2004 winner Rory Schlein from South Australia was born in Darwin (NT).

Max Fricke from Victoria is the current (2017) Australian Under-21 Champion. Frick won his record equaling 4th title at the Loxford Park Speedway in Kurri Kurri on 28 January.[1]

Placegetters since 1986[edit]

Year Venue City/State Winner Runner-up 3rd place
1986* Olympic Park Speedway Mildura, Vic Nigel Tremelling (Vic)
1987 Undera Park Speedway Undera, Vic Gary Allan (Qld) Steve Langdon (Qld) Tony Langdon (Qld)
1988 North Arm Speedway Adelaide, SA Leigh Adams (Vic) Scott Norman (SA) Craig Boyce (NSW)
1989 Olympic Park Speedway Mildura, Vic Craig Hodgson (SA) Scott Norman (SA) Leigh Adams (Vic)
1990 Riverland Speedway Renmark, SA Leigh Adams (Vic) Shane Bowes (SA) Shane Parker (SA)
Year Venue City/State Winner Runner-up 3rd place
1991 Olympic Park Speedway Mildura, Vic Leigh Adams (Vic) Shane Parker (SA) Jason Lyons (Vic)
1992 Riverview Speedway Murray Bridge, SA Leigh Adams (Vic) Jason Hawkes (Vic) Jason Crump (Vic)
1993 Olympic Park Speedway Mildura, Vic Ryan Sullivan (SA) Cory Alderton (Vic) Jason Hawkes (Vic)
1994 not held
1995 not held
1996 North Arm Speedway Adelaide, SA Ryan Sullivan (SA) Brett Woodifield (SA) Nigel Sadler (SA)
1997 Undera Park Speedway Undera, Vic Adam Shields (NSW) Nigel Sadler (SA) Craig Watson (NSW)
1998 Olympic Park Speedway Mildura, Vic Travis McGowan (Vic) Chris Szauter (NSW) Adam Shields (NSW)
1999 Gold Coast Speedway Gold Coast, Qld Nigel Sadler (SA) Kevin Doolan (Vic) Rusty Harrison (SA)
2000 Oakburn Park Speedway Tamworth, NSW Travis McGowan (Vic) Kevin Doolan (Vic) Scott Smith (Qld)
Year Venue City/State Winner Runner-up 3rd place
2001 Gillman Speedway Adelaide, SA Rusty Harrison (SA) Ashley Jones (Vic) Ben Shields (NSW)
2002 Gillman Speedway Adelaide, SA Travis McGowan (Vic) Cameron Woodward (Vic) Rusty Harrison (SA)
2003 Oakburn Park Speedway Tamworth, NSW Rory Schlein (SA) Cameron Woodward (Vic) Jaye Stevens (NSW)
2004 Undera Park Speedway Undera, Vic Rory Schlein (SA) Robert Ksiezak (SA) Matt Wethers (SA)
2005 Oakburn Park Speedway Tamworth, NSW Chris Holder (NSW) Rory Schlein (SA) Cameron Woodward (Vic)
2006 Gillman Speedway Adelaide, SA Chris Holder (NSW) Troy Batchelor (Qld) Jason Doyle (NSW)
2007 Gillman Speedway Adelaide, SA Chris Holder (NSW) Troy Batchelor (Qld) Robert Ksiezak (SA)
2008** Olympic Park Speedway Mildura, Vic Chris Holder (NSW) Tyron Proctor (Vic)
2009 Gosford Speedway Gosford, NSW Darcy Ward (Qld) Kozza Smith (NSW) Aaron Summers (SA)
2010 Olympic Park Speedway Mildura, Vic Darcy Ward (Qld) Justin Sedgmen (Vic) Josh Auty (England)
Year Venue City/State Winner Runner-up 3rd place
2011 North Brisbane Speedway Brisbane, Qld Darcy Ward (Qld) Richard Sweetman (NSW) Josh Grajczonek (Qld)
2012 Loxford Park Speedway Kurri Kurri, NSW Taylor Poole (NSW) Justin Sedgmen (Vic) Alex Davies (NSW)
2013[2] Loxford Park Speedway Kurri Kurri, NSW Max Fricke (Vic) Taylor Poole (NSW) Justin Sedgmen (Vic)
2014[3] Gillman Speedway Adelaide, SA Max Fricke (Vic) Ryan Douglas (Qld) Jack Holder (NSW)
2015 Loxford Park Speedway Kurri Kurri, NSW Max Fricke (Vic) Jack Holder (NSW) Brady Kurtz (NSW)
2016 Gillman Speedway Adelaide, SA Jack Holder (NSW) Brady Kurtz (NSW) Max Fricke (Vic)
2017 Loxford Park Speedway Kurri Kurri, NSW Max Fricke (Vic) Jack Holder (NSW) Jaimon Lidsey (Vic)

* 1986 run as the Australian Under-18 Championship.
** 2008 No third place awarded. Troy Batchelor fell & was excluded on lap 2, Robert Ksiezak suffered engine failure in lap 2 of the re-run Final leaving Chris Holder and Tyron Proctor as the only finishers

Medals classification[edit]

Pos Rider Total Gold Silver Bronze
1. Leigh Adams 5 4 1
Max Fricke 5 4 1
3. Chris Holder 4 4
4. Travis McGowan 3 3
Darcy Ward 3 3
6. Rory Schlein 3 2 1
7. Ryan Sullivan 2 2
8. Jack Holder 4 1 2 1
9. Nigel Sadler 3 1 1 1
10. Rusty Harrison 3 1 2
11. Taylor Poole 2 1 1
12. Nigel Tremelling 1 1
Gary Alan 1 1
Craig Hodgson 1 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Title No.4 for Fricke
  2. ^ "Fricke Flies to Aussie Crown", speedwaygp.com, 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013
  3. ^ "Max Fricke wins thrilling Aussie U/21 Title
Books
  • Loader, Tony (1991). Loader's International Speedway Annual 1991. Tony Loader. p. 66. ISSN 1036-4404. 
Articles
  • Oakes, Peter (2013) "New Champ Keeps Cool", Speedway Star, 26 January 2013, pp. 6–7

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