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
Current club information
British league Lakeside Hammers
Polish league PGE Marma Rzeszow
Swedish league Vargarna
Career history
1995, 1997-1999
1996, 1999
1997, 2004
Reading Racers
Poole Pirates
Peterborough Panthers
King's Lynn Stars
Coventry Bees
Swindon Robins
Eastbourne Eagles
Lakeside Hammers
Individual honours
World Under-21 Champion
Elite League Riders Champion
Team honours

Premier League Champion
Premier League KO Cup Champion
Elite League Pairs Champion
Elite League KO Cup winner

Lee Stewart Richardson (25 April 1979 – 13 May 2012)[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[2]


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. ^ a b "British speedway star dies after crash in Poland". Eurosport. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1