Lee Richardson (speedway rider)

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Lee Richardson
Born (1979-04-25)25 April 1979
Hastings, England
Died 13 May 2012(2012-05-13) (aged 33)
Wrocław, Poland
Nickname Rico
Nationality  England
Career history
1995, 1997-1999 Reading Racers
1996, 1999 Poole Pirates
1997, 2004 Peterborough Panthers
1997 King's Lynn Stars
2000-2003 Coventry Bees
2005-2007 Swindon Robins
Eastbourne Eagles
Lakeside Hammers
Individual honours
1999 World Under-21 Champion
2003 Elite League Riders Champion
Team honours
1997 Premier League Champion
1998 Premier League KO Cup Champion
2005 Elite League Pairs Champion
2008,2009 Elite League KO Cup winner

Lee Stewart Richardson (25 April 1979 – 13 May 2012)[1] was a British international motorcycle speedway rider. Richardson represented Great Britain at senior and under-21 level and featured in several World Cup tournaments. Richardson was World Under 21 champion in 1999 and also won the Elite League Riders' Championship in 2003. He was also a fully fledged Grand Prix rider for four seasons from 2003 until 2006.[2] Richardson joined the Lakeside Hammers for the 2009 season. On 13 May 2012, Richardson died of internal bleeding in a Wrocław hospital following a collision with a safety fence during a Polish League match.[3]


Richardson's mother Julie was a presenter for ScreenSport Television. His father Colin is a former rider. His uncle Steve Weatherley, another rider, was paralysed in a crash with Vic Harding whilst racing in a meeting at the Hackney Wick Stadium (Harding later died in hospital). Richardson was married to Emma Garcia Richardson and had three sons. He also had a brother called Craig Richardson

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best finish Notes
2000 31st 3 19th 1 wild card appearance
2002 25th 17 5th 2 wild card appearances. 5th in British Grand Prix
2003 16th 45 7th Missed 2 Grands Prix through injury
2004 11th 76 3rd 3rd in British Grand Prix
2005 13th 55 2nd 2nd in Polish Grand Prix
2006 15th 39 8th


  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1
  3. ^ "British speedway star dies after crash in Poland". Eurosport. 13 May 2012. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.