Magnus Karlsson (speedway rider)

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Magnus Karlsson
Born (1981-12-28) 28 December 1981 (age 35)
Gullspång, Sweden
Nationality  Sweden
Current club information
British league Leicester Lions
Swedish league Ornarna
Career history
2002-2003 Edinburgh Monarchs
2004 Hull Vikings
2003-2007 Wolverhampton Wolves
2008-2010 Scunthorpe Scorpions
2011-2012, 2013 Leicester Lions
2012 Birmingham Brummies
2015 Ornarna (SWE)
Team honours
2003, 2004 Premier League Champion
2004 Premier KO Cup Winner
2004 Young Shield Winner
2003 Swedish Elitserien

Magnus Erik Karlsson (born 28 December 1981 in Gullspång, Sweden)[1] is an international motorcycle speedway rider who rides in the Premier League in the UK for the Leicester Lions.


His two older brothers, Peter Karlsson and Mikael Max are both former Speedway Grand Prix riders.[2] All three brothers represented Sweden in the 2007 Speedway World Cup, with Magnus riding at reserve.


Magnus had a successful start to his UK career. He first rode in the Premier League in 2002 with the Edinburgh Monarchs, but it was in 2003 he was part of the Premier League Championship winning team. In 2004 he moved on to the Hull Vikings, and was part of the team that won the League Championship, KO Cup and Young Shield treble. Magnus decided to join his brother Peter at Elite League Wolverhampton Wolves in 2005 where he recorded a 5.58 average in his debut season, including a paid maximum. In 2006 his average dropped to 4.71 and it dropped again in 2007 to 3.62, despite representing Sweden in the Speedway World Cup.

Magnus decided to drop down to the Premier League with Scunthorpe Scorpions in 2008 and produced his best-ever season at that level with the Scorpions in 2009. He rode for the Lincolnshire club for a third consecutive season in 2010, before moving to Leicester Lions in 2011, initially on loan but later becoming a club asset. In 2012 he also rode in the Elite League with Birmingham Brummies.


  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1