Justin Sedgmen

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Justin Sedgmen
Born (1992-02-17) 17 February 1992 (age 25)
Mildura, Victoria
Nationality  Australia
Website www.justinsedgmen.com
Current club information
British league Swindon Robins
Polish league Falubaz Zielona Góra
Career history
2010 Miskolc (HUN)
2010–2011, 2016 Swindon Robins
2012 Redcar Bears
2012 Lakeside Hammers
2014–2015 Edinburgh Monarchs
Individual honours
2008 South Australian Under-16 Champion
2011 Jack Young Solo Cup winner
2012 Victorian State Champion
2015 Gillman Div 1 Solo Champion
Team honours
2005, 2006, 2007 Australian Under-16 Pairs Champion
2014, 2015 Premier League
2014 Premier League Knockout Cup
2014, 2015 League Cup
2015 Premier League Four-Team Championship

Justin Maxwell Sedgmen (born 17 February 1992) is an Australian motorcycle speedway rider. He is the son of former Australian rider Gavin Sedgmen and the grandson of Phil Sedgmen.

Career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Born in Mildura, Victoria, Justin Sedgmen and his older brother Ryan (born December 1990) began their speedway careers at Mildura's Olympic Park Speedway on the 112 metres (122 yd) infield junior track.

Justin and Ryan teamed to win the 2005 and 2006 Australian Under-16 Pairs Championships, and Justin followed that up by winning again in 2007 with Dakota North (after his brother had turned 16 and was riding in the senior ranks).[1]

Justin Sedgmen finished the 2007 Australian Under-16 Championship at the Gold Coast Speedway in Queensland in equal first place with 13 points with Dakota North, but ultimately finished 3rd in the Final behind North and future Under-21 World Champion Darcy Ward.

Senior career[edit]

In 2009 both Justin and Ryan signed a contract with Speedway Ekstraliga team Unia Leszno, but they did not start in the league.[2] Before a 2010 season, Sedgmen signed to Hungarian Speedway Miskolc.[3] He also rode for Swindon Robins in 2010 and 2011.[4]

In 2011, Justin Sedgmen won the Jack Young Solo Cup at the Gillman Speedway in Adelaide.

Also in 2011, Sedgmen was part of the Australian Under-21 Team that won the second semi-final of the Under-21 World Cup. Australia withdrew from the Final in Balakovo, Russia due to travel cost and visa problems, along with Sweden and Great Britain.

In 2012, Sedgmen rode for Redcar Bears in the Premier League, doubling up with Lakeside Hammers in the Elite League, but was dropped by the Bears in July after inconsistent performances.[5]

In 2012, Sedgeman won his first senior title, winning the Victorian State Championship at Undera Park.

After sitting out the 2013 UK season, Sedgmen joined Edinburgh Monarchs in the Premier League in 2014, winning the league title with the team, and going on to ride for them for two seasons.[6]

Sedgmen won the 2014–15 Gillman Speedway Division 1 Solo Championship on 6 December 2014. He set the tone for the meeting in the first heat of the night with a time of 55.0 seconds, easily the fastest time of the night and only one-tenth outside Leigh Adams' almost 6 year old track record.[7]

Sedgmen finished a to date career best third place in the four round 2015 Australian Championship behind runaway winner Jason Doyle and runner-up Sam Masters. Sedgemen and reigning Australian U/21 Champion Max Fricke both finished the series on 48 points, but was awarded third place after having finished in front of Fricke in each of the B or A Finals they contested against each other over the series. Also, Sedgmen qualified for the A final in both Round 1 at Gillman and again in Round 2 at Mildura while Fricke only qualified for the A final in Round 3 at Undera Park. Sedgmen's best A final result was second at Gillman behind Doyle while he finished third behind Doyle and 2012 World Champion Chris Holder at Olympic Park.

Later in 2015, Sedgmen and Max Fricke were named as the two reserve riders for the 2015 Speedway Grand Prix of Australia which was held at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, although neither got to race on the night.[8] A fortnight later Sedgmen raced in the Darcy Ward Tribute Meeting at Gillman in Adelaide to raise money for the injured Australian rider. Sedgmen won his semi-final to make the A final, but was excluded for breaking the tapes at the start of the final.[9]

In November 2015, Sedgmen rejoined Swindon Robins for the 2016 Elite League season, and signed to ride for Grindsted in Denmark.[10][11]

In 2015 he finished third in the Australian Solo Championship.[1]

In 2016 he signed to ride for Lokomotiv Daugavpils in the Polish first division, but didn't ride for them, and in June was loaned to Ekstraliga team Falubaz Zielona Gora.[1]

In December 2016 he won the Jason Crump Invitational at Kurri Kurri.[12]

World Championships[edit]

Under-21 Individual World Championship

  • 2009 – 10th placed in the Semi-Final Two
  • 2010qualify to the Semi-Final

Under-21 World Cup (Australian Team)

  • 2009 – 3rd placed in the Qualifying Round One
  • 2010 – 2nd placed in the Qualifying Round One
  • 2011* – Won Semi-final Two

* Australia withdrew from the 2011 U/21 WC Final due to the cost of travel and visa problems

Australian Domestic Championships[edit]

Australian Under-16 Championship

Australian Under-16 Pairs Championship

Australian Under-21 Championship

Australian Championship

  • 2009 – 15th – 16pts (3 rounds)
  • 2010 – 7th – 36pts (3 rounds)
  • 2011 – 5th – 51pts (4 rounds)
  • 2012 – 8th – 38pts (3 rounds)
  • 2013 – N/A (3 rounds)
  • 2014 – 6th – 53pts (3 rounds)
  • 20153rd – 48pts (4 rounds)
  • 2016 – 6th – 46pts (4 rounds)
  • 20172nd – 55pts (4 rounds)

Victorian Championship

  • 2012 – Undera, Vic, Undera Park Speedway – Winner

Polish Domestic competitions[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
2015 NC - Reserve rider in Australia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Falubaz Zielona Góra ma nowego zawodnika. To Justin Sedgmen", Gazeta Lubuska, 1 June 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016
  2. ^ Świat Żużla, No 1 (77) 2010, pages 14–15 ISSN 1429-3285
  3. ^ Świat Żużla, No 1 (81) 2010, pages 44–45 ISSN 1429-3285
  4. ^ Houlihan, Owen (2016) "Boss Alun Rossiter is backing Justin Sedgmen to be Swindon Robins' trump card", Swindon Advertiser, 28 January 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016
  5. ^ Neal, Martin (2012) "Justin Sedgmen quits Redcar Bears", The Gazette, 28 July 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2016
  6. ^ Kinvig, David (2014) "Justin Sedgmen: I aim to be a hero for Monarchs", Edinburgh Evening News, 2 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2016
  7. ^ Sedgmen Wins Gillman Solo Title
  8. ^ 2015 Speedway Grand Prix of Australia results
  9. ^ Darcy Ward Benefit Meeting
  10. ^ Kinvig, David (2015) "Justin Sedgmen quits the Edinburgh Monarchs", Edinburgh Evening News, 13 November 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2016
  11. ^ Kinvig, David (2016) "Justin Sedgmen admits his Monarchs career is over", Edinburgh Evening News, 19 November 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2016
  12. ^ "Justin Sedgmen wins Jason Crump Invitational at Kurri Kurri Speedway", Maitland Mercury, 27 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016

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