Davey Watt

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David Watt
Davey Watt speedway rider.JPG
Born (1978-01-06) 6 January 1978 (age 39)
Townsville, Queensland
Nationality Australia Australia
Website www.daveywattracing.com
Current club information
Polish league Stal Rzeszów
Career history
Great Britain
2001 Isle of Wight Islanders
2002 Newcastle Diamonds
2003 King's Lynn Stars
2003-2004, 2008, 2010-2011 Poole Pirates
2004, 2017 Rye House Rockets
2004-2005, 2007, 2009 Eastbourne Eagles
2006 Oxford Cheetahs
2012-2014 Lakeside Hammers
2016 Leicester Lions
Poland
2006 GTŻ Grudziądz
2007-2008, 2017 Stal Rzeszów
2009- WTS Wrocław
Sweden
2004-2005 Valsarna
2006 Vargarna
2006-2008 Masarna Avesta
2009- Lejonen
Individual honours
2004, 2006, 2008 Pride of the East winner
2005 Queensland State Champion
2012 Jack Young Solo Cup winner
Team honours
2003, 2004, 2008 Elite League Champion
2003 British League Cup Winner
2003 Craven Shield Winner

David John Watt (born 6 January 1978 in Townsville, Queensland)[1] is an Australian international motorcycle speedway rider. He won the Queensland state championship in 2005 and was a member of the Australian team that finished second to Poland in the 2011 World Cup Final on 16 July at the Edward Jancarz Stadium in Poland scoring 3 of Australia's 45 points.

Career summary[edit]

Watt started his British speedway career in 2001 when he signed for the Isle of Wight Islanders in the Premier League. The following year he signed for Premier League team Newcastle Diamonds.[2] In 2002 he gained a team berth at King's Lynn Stars while also doubling up for his parent club the Poole Pirates, where he was part of the Pirates Elite League league winning team in 2003.[2]

Watt rode for Rye House Rockets in the Premier League in 2004 and also doubled-up with Poole, but after he suffered an injury early on in the season he was replaced by Krzysztof Kasprzak. After Watt had recovered from his injury he moved on loan to the Eastbourne Eagles in the Elite League, where he remained until 2006 when he moved to Oxford Cheetahs for a year.[2] He returned to Eastbourne in 2007 and added 2 points to his average by the end of the season he was voted Eastbourne's Rider of the Year.[3] He also finished fourth in the Elite League Riders Championship and won a bronze medal with Australia at the 2007 Speedway World Cup.

Watt looked set to stay with Eastbourne in 2008 but after a change of management at the club he was left without a team place.[4] Watt returned to Poole in 2008 and won the Elite League championship.[5]

Watt had ridden for Masarna Avesta in the Swedish Elitserien since 2006, but joined Lejonen in 2009 after Masarna were declared bankrupt and dropped out of the league. In Poland, he was a member of the GTŻ Grudziądz team in the Polish second division in 2006 before joining Polish Ekstraliga team Stal Rzeszów in 2007. Watt was made the captain of Stal Rzeszów for the 2008 season but the team were relegated. In 2009, Watt signed for WTS Wrocław in the Ekstraliga.

In April 2017, after being dropped by SGB Premiership team Rye House Rockets, Watt announced his retirement from racing, although he stated that he would fulfil his obligations to Polish team Stal Rzeszów if required.[6]

World final appearances[edit]

Speedway World Cup[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
2010 17th 19 11th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ a b c "2008 Team". Poole Speedway. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Big Challenge for new look Eagles". Eastbourne Herald. Johnston Press. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Watt set to remain an Eagle". The Argus. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Davey's glad to back 'home'". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Watt Announces Retirement", speedwaygp.com, 26 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017