Craig Watson (speedway rider)

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Craig Watson
Born (1976-08-06) 6 August 1976 (age 40)
Sydney, Australia
Nickname Wato
Nationality  Australia
Career history
Great Britain
1997-1999, 2002-2006, Newport Wasps
2000-2001, 2007 Poole Pirates
2003 Belle Vue Aces
2007 Glasgow Tigers
2008 Birmingham Brummies
2000, 2005 Getingarna
2001 RKM Rybnik
Individual honours
1997, 1998, 2002 Australian Long Track Champion
2003 NZ Long Track Grand Prix
2004 NSW State Champion
Team honours
1999 Premier Trophy Winner

Craig Watson (born 6 August 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales)[1] is an Australian motorcycle speedway rider who rode for the Newport Wasps, Poole Pirates, Belle Vue Aces, Glasgow Tigers and Birmingham Brummies in the Elite League. Watson was the winner of the 1996 NSW State Championship. He is also a triple Australian Longtrack Champion, having won the championship in 1997, 1998 and 2002.


Watson spent most of his career with the Newport Wasps. He failed to agree terms with the Newport promotion for 2007 and was eventually signed up by former club Poole Pirates in the Elite League. However his scores were low and when he suffered an injury early in the season his replacement, Piotr Swist, did well enough to keep his place. Watson signed for Premier League team the Glasgow Tigers for the rest of the 2007 season and had a successful spell with the club.[2]

At the start of 2008, Watson was again signed by his parent club the Poole Pirates to ride for them at reserve. However, the BSPA found that his greensheet average was incorrect and therefore his average would be too high for him to fit into the Poole squad. Watson was left without a club, but soon after once again signed for Premier League team Newport. Newport closed in May following the death of their owner, and Watson joined the Birmingham Brummies.[3]


  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ Bamford, Robert (2008). Methanol Press Speedway Yearbook 2008. Methanol Press. ISBN 978-0-9553103-5-5. 
  3. ^ "Watson Joins Brummies". BSPA. Retrieved 2008-08-09.