Dakota North (speedway rider)

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Dakota North
Born (1991-08-04) 4 August 1991 (age 25)
Shepparton, Victoria
Nationality  Australia
Career history
2007 Mildenhall Fen Tigers
2010 Newcastle Diamonds
2011, 2013 Peterborough Panthers
2011 Somerset Rebels
2012 Ipswich Witches
2012 King's Lynn Stars
2012 Birmingham Brummies
2014 Swindon Robins
2015 Poole Pirates
Individual honours
2007 Australian Under-16 Champion
Team honours
2007 Australian Under-16 Pairs
2010 Premier League Trophy

Dakota Max "Dak" North (born 4 August 1991) is an Australian motorcycle speedway rider.

Career[edit]

North, named by his father - former Stoke Potters rider Rod North - after the Douglas Dakota aircraft, was born in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia in 1991.[1][2][3] He took up speedway at the age of twelve and won the Australian Under-16 Championship and the Australian Junior Pairs title (with Justin Sedgmen) in 2007.[1] After a few appearances in Britain in 2007, he signed with Mildenhall Fen Tigers in 2009, but his season was cut short after chipping two vertebrae in a crash while representing Australia at Under-21 level in July against Great Britain.[1][2] In December 2009 he was signed by Elite League Peterborough Panthers as a club asset and was loaned to Premier League team Newcastle Diamonds for the 2010 season.[1][4] He signed for Somerset Rebels for the 2011 season, also doubling-up in the Elite League with the Panthers. In 2012, North joined the Ipswich Witches in a loan deal. In April 2012 he was added to the King's Lynn Stars team in the Elite League, replacing Filip Šitera, but was replaced at the end of the month by Mateusz Szczepaniak.[5][6] The following month he signed for Birmingham Brummies, sharing a doubling-up position with Josh Auty.[7] In 2013 he signed to ride in the Elite League for Peterborough Panthers. In July 2013 Dakota joined the Glasgow Tigers until the end of the 2013 season, whilst also continuing his duties with the Panthers

World Final Appearances[edit]

Individual Under-21 World Championship[edit]

  • 2012 - 15th - 21pts

Under-21 World Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "2011 Rider Index", speedwaygb.co, retrieved 2011-11-15
  2. ^ a b "Diamonds sign Australian teen Dakota North", ChonicleLive.co.uk, 18 December 2009, retrieved 2011-11-15
  3. ^ Heppell, Lawrence (2009) "Dakota jets in to join Diamonds", Newcastle Journal, 18 December 2009, retrieved 2011-11-15
  4. ^ "SPEEDWAY: Aussie aces reject a Fen Tigers return", Newmarket Journal, 24 December 2009, retrieved 2011-11-15
  5. ^ "Stars to Get Stronger", speedway365.com, 7 April 2012, retrieved 2012-04-07
  6. ^ "Stars Bolster Their Team", speedway365.com, 27 April 2012, retrieved 2012-04-27
  7. ^ "Brummies Bring in North", speedway365.com, 9 May 2012, retrieved 2012-05-09