Bjarne Pedersen

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Bjarne Pedersen
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Born (1978-07-12) 12 July 1978 (age 38)
Holstebro, Denmark
Nationality Denmark Denmark
Website www.pedersenracing.com
Current club information
British league Poole Pirates
Polish league Start Gniezno
Swedish league Elit Vetlanda
Danish league Holstebro Speedway Klub
Career history
Great Britain
2000–2003 Newcastle Diamonds
2002–2010, 2016 Poole Pirates
2011, 2013–14 Eastbourne Eagles
2012 Birmingham Brummies
2015 Leicester Lions
Poland
1997 Opole
1999, 2006 KS Toruń
2001–2002 Rawicz
2003 Orzeł Łódź
2004 ZKŻ Zielona Góra
2005, 2007–2008 Wybrzeże Gdańsk
2009 Unia Tarnów
2014– Start Gniezno
Sweden
1998,2012 Vargarna
1999 Elit Vetlanda
2000–2002 Kaparna
2004 Masarna
2003, 2005–2009 Västervik
2010 Indianerna
2015 2014 Piraterna
Denmark
1996–2001, 2007– Holstebro
2002 Vojens
2003, 2005–2006 Holsted
2004 Slangerup
Individual honours
2004 Danish Champion
2004 Elite League Riders Champion
1999 Danish Under-21 Champion
2004 European Grand Prix Winner
Team honours
2003, 2004, 2008 Elite League Champion
2003, 2004 Elite League KO Cup Winner
2002, 2006 Craven Shield Winner
2003 British League Cup Winner
2001 Premier League Champion
2005 Swedish Elitserien Champion
1997, 2003, 2006 Danish League Champion
2007 Elite League Pairs Champion
2006, 2008 World Cup Winner

Bjarne Aagaard Pedersen (born 12 July 1978, in Holstebro, Denmark)[1] is an international motorcycle speedway rider who has represented Denmark in the Speedway World Cup, winning it on two occasions: in 2006 and 2008.

Career summary[edit]

Pedersen began his speedway career in 1990. He won his first title in 1994 winning a Danish junior pairs championship with Charlie Gjedde.[2] However, he did not ride as a full-time professional until 2000. Pedersen began his UK racing career with the Newcastle Diamonds in the Premier League. He took part in his first two Speedway Grand Prix events in 2002, both as a wild card.[3] His first full Speedway Grand Prix season came in 2003, but it was not until 2004 when Pedersen won his only Grand Prix to date at the European GP in Wrocław.[4] In 2004 he also won the Elite League Riders' Championship.

Pedersen admitted at the end of the 2007 season that he had lost enthusiasm for riding in Speedway Grand Prix series until he qualified for the 2008 series in the race off in Vojens.[5]

Pedersen was retained by Poole for the 2008 season over former world champion Jason Crump when it was announced the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA) that the points limit for team building purposes was to be reduced drastically. Poole promoter Matt Ford stated that Pedersen was chosen due to his loyalty to Poole over the previous six seasons.[6]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
2002 26th 10 12th 2 Wild card rides
2003 14th 51 3rd Finished 3rd in the Norwegian GP
2004 10th 78 Winner Won the European GP
2005 6th 90 2nd Finished 3rd in the Swedish GP, 3rd in the British GP and 2nd in the Czech GP
2006 12th 82 3rd Finished 3rd in the Danish GP
2007 12th 77 5th
2008 11th 69 2nd Missed European and Swedish GPs through injury. Finished 2nd in the Italian GP.
  permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
  rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

* Pedersen sustained a broken wrist during a Craven Shield meeting for Poole on 2 May 2008. His place at the European Grand Prix and the Swedish Grand Prix were taken by first reserve Lubos Tomicek.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ "Bjarne's Career Wins". PedersenRacing.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  3. ^ Bamford, Robert (2007-03-01). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3. 
  4. ^ "Bjarne wins GP". SpeedwayWorld.TV. 2004-09-04. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Bjarne regains GP enthusiasm". Daily Echo. 1 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  6. ^ "It's over". Daily Echo. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 

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