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1974, 1975, 1978
1973, 1975, 1977, 1979,
1981, 1983, 1984, 1985
1976, 1981, 1984, 1985
Long Track World Champion
Egon Müller (born 26 November 1948 in Kiel, Germany) is a former international motorcycle speedway rider and was winner of the Speedway World Championship in 1983, winning the title in his homeland with a maximum score of 15 points.
Egon Müller won the German Champion eight times (1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1985). He rode briefly in the United Kingdom in 1973 for the Coatbridge Tigers (Scotland), and in 1975 for the Hull Vikings.
Müller won the Long Track World Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1978. He finished second in 1980 and 1984, and finished third in 1976 and 1982. He also represented West Germany in the Speedway World Pairs Championship, finishing a best of 6th in 1983 at the Ullevi Stadium in Göteborg, Sweden paired with Karl Maier. Müller also competed in the Speedway World Team Cup where he led the West Germans to a third place finish in both 1981 at the Speedway Stadion in Olching, and again in 1982 at the White City Stadium in London, England. He was also a four time winner of the Continental Final which was the last World Final qualifying round for European based riders. Müller won the Continental Final in 1976, 1981, 1984 and 1985.
As of the 2014 Speedway Grand Prix series, Egon Müller is the only German rider to have won the Speedway World Championship when he took out the title with a 15 point maximum at the Motodrom Halbemond in Norden in 1983 from Australian Billy Sanders and 1980 champion Michael Lee. At a time when the Speedway World Championship Final was a single meeting that could throw up a surprise winner on the day, Müller was generally seen as a 'one hit wonder' in the same way that Poland's 1973 World Champion Jerzy Szczakiel was. However, Müller was a perennial championship contender having made four previous World Final appearances (1976, 1977, 1980 and 1981) as well as being a triple Long track World Champion, and an 8 time German Champion.
Following the 1983 World Final, rumours surfaced that West German officials had given Müller extra practice time on the 400 metres (440 yards) Norden track that the other riders were not given. Other rumours also surfaced that many of the riders believed that the track had been prepared more like a Long track in order to give Müller an advantage, with the track actually receiving a grade by the tractor after each race. In commentary for British television, 1976 World Champion Peter Collins noted that the Motodrom that day was more like a Grass track than a regular speedway which definitely suited the West German.
Just two weeks after his 1983 World Championship win, Müller was reportedly involved in a motor accident on the Autobahn where he wrote off his Porsche. The accident saw him spend a couple of days in hospital with minor leg injuries. Just one week following this, he competed in the 1983 World Long Track final in Czechoslovakia.
Outside of his sport career, Muller was a pop singer under the stage name Amadeus Liszt, a moderator at trade fairs, shows and charity events, an actor and a television personality.
World Final Appearances
Individual World Championship
- 1976 - Chorzów, Silesian Stadium - 8th - 8pts
- 1977 - Göteborg, Ullevi - 7th - 8pts
- 1980 - Göteborg, Ullevi - 14th - 4pts
- 1981 - London, Wembley Stadium - 7th - 9pts
- 1983 - Norden, Motodrom Halbemond - Winner - 15pts
- 1984 - Göteborg, Ullevi - 14th - 3pts
- 1985 - Bradford, Odsal Stadium - 14th - 3pts
World Pairs Championship
- 1981 - Chorzów, Silesian Stadium (with Georg Gilgenreiner) - 7th - 3pts (2)
- 1983 - Göteborg, Ullevi (with Karl Maier) - 6th - 12pts (6)
World Team Cup
- 1981 - Olching, Speedway Stadion Olching (with Karl Maier / Georg Hack / Georg Gilgenreiner / Alois Wiesböck) - 3rd - 28pts (10)
- 1982 - London, White City Stadium (with Georg Hack / Karl Maier / Alois Wiesböck / Georg Gilgenreiner) - 3rd - 18pts (5)
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