6 January 1978 |
|Current club information|
|Polish league||Stal Rzeszów|
|2001||Isle of Wight Islanders|
|2003||King's Lynn Stars|
|2003-2004, 2008, 2010-2011||Poole Pirates|
|2004, 2017||Rye House Rockets|
|2004-2005, 2007, 2009||Eastbourne Eagles|
|2007-2008, 2017||Stal Rzeszów|
|2004, 2006, 2008||Pride of the East winner|
|2005||Queensland State Champion|
|2012||Jack Young Solo Cup winner|
|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) 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. Watt returned to Poole in 2008 and won the Elite League championship.
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.
World final appearances
Speedway World Cup
- 2007 - Leszno, Alfred Smoczyk Stadium - 3rd - 29pts
- 2008 - Vojens, Vojens Speedway Center - 4th - 21pts (3)
- 2009 - Leszno, Alfred Smoczyk Stadium - 2nd - 43pts (5)
- 2011 - Gorzów Wielkopolski, Edward Jancarz Stadium - 2nd - 45pts (3)
- 2012 - Målilla, G&B Stadium - 2nd - 39pts (16)
Speedway Grand Prix results
- Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
- "2008 Team". Poole Speedway. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- "Big Challenge for new look Eagles". Eastbourne Herald. Johnston Press. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- "Watt set to remain an Eagle". The Argus. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- "Davey's glad to back 'home'". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- "Watt Announces Retirement", speedwaygp.com, 26 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017