Simon Cross

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Simon Cross
Simon Cross.jpg
Born (1965-05-31) 31 May 1965 (age 51)
Hereford, England
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Polish league 1992 Gniezno
Swedish league 1995/96 Smederna
Career history
1982 Oxford Cheetahs
1983 Weymouth Wildcats
1982-1995 Cradley Heath Heathens
1991 Middlesbrough Bears
1996 Coventry Bees
Individual honours
1988 Overseas Champion
1986 1994 British Masters grasstrack Champion
1987 British 350 grasstrack Champion
1986 European Grasstrack Champion
1987 WA State Champion (Aust)
Team honours
1989 World Team Cup
1983 National League Pairs Champion
1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 British League KO Cup winner
1995 British League Fours Champion
1983, 1984, 1987 Midland Cup Champions
1984, 1986 League Cup Champions
1984 1985 1988 1989 1990 Premiership Champions[clarification needed]

Simon James Cross (born 31 May 1965 in Hereford, England) is a former motorcycle speedway rider who spent most of his career with the Cradley Heath Heathens.

Career[edit]

Simon Cross and Kelvin Tatum finished runner-up in Speedway World Pairs Championship[1] in 1988 and he finished runner-up in the British Championship in 1990.[2] He won the National League Pairs Championship in 1983 with Martin Yeates.

In early 1987, Cross was part of a touring troupe to Australia which included (among others) World Champion Hans Nielsen, Tommy Knudsen, Shawn Moran and Rick Miller. While in Australia he won the 1986/87 Western Australian State Championship at the Claremont Speedway in Perth.

1987 also saw Cross qualify for his first and only World Final, run over two days at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. He finished in 10th place with 10 points scored (7 on day one, 3 on day two).

1989 World Team Cup Final[edit]

Simon also represented Great Britain when they won the 1989 Speedway World Team Cup Final at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford. Cross was involved in the famous crash on turn 1 of the first heat of the meeting which not only took all four riders out of the meeting, but ended the career of his Cradley team mate and three time World Champion Erik Gundersen. The Dane led out of the gates, only for his engine to seize and lock up in the first turn causing all four riders (Gundersen, Cross, Jimmy Nilsen (Sweden) and Lance King (USA)) to crash. Gundersen suffered head and spinal injuries after his head was hit by another bikes rear wheel as he lay on the track. None of the riders took any further part in the meeting.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

World Team Cup[edit]

World Longtrack Championship[edit]

Finalist

Grand-Prix Overall

  • 1998 8th (45pts)

European Grasstrack Championship[edit]

Finalist

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  2. ^ 2007 British Final Match Programme