Simon Wigg

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Simon Wigg
Simon Wigg.jpg
Born (1960-10-15)15 October 1960
Aylesbury, England
Died 15 November 2000(2000-11-15) (aged 40)
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Deceased
Career history
1980-1982 Weymouth Wildcats
1981-1983 Cradley Heath Heathens
1984-1986, 1988-1990 Oxford Cheetahs
1987 Hackney Kestrels
1991-1992 Bradford Dukes
1993 Coventry Bees
1995 Long Eaton Invaders
1996 Exeter Falcons
1997-1998 King's Lynn Stars
Individual honours
1985, 1986 Mr Melbourne winner
1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994 Long Track World Champion
1988, 1989 British Speedway Champion
1989 Commonwealth Champion
1990, 1994, 1995 Australian Long track Grand Prix
1994 New Zealand Long track Grand Prix
1994 Golden Helmet of Pardubice (CZE)
1996 Grand Prix Challenge
1984 Golden Gala (Italy)
1981, 1984, 1993 Ace of Aces Grasstrack Champion
1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990 British Masters 500cc Solo Grasstrack Champion
Team honours
1989 World Team Cup Winner
1982 National League Pairs Champion
1983, 1985, 1986, 1989 British League Champion
1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992 British League KO Cup winner
1985, 1986 British League Pairs Champion

Simon Wigg (15 October 1960 – 15 November 2000) was a speedway, grasstrack and longtrack rider who finished runner-up in the Speedway World Championship in 1989.[1]

Career[edit]

Wigg was born in Brisbane, Australia.[2] 1988 saw him become British Speedway Champion and he retained the title the following year. 1989 also saw Simon captain the Great Britain speedway team when they won the World Team Cup. During his career, Wigg was a frequent visitor to Australia and always enjoyed success on the larger Showground tracks down under such as the 450 metres (490 yd) Brisbane Exhibition Ground, the 510 metres (560 yd) Wayville Showground in Adelaide, the 520 metres (570 yd) Claremont Speedway in Perth, and the 610 metres (670 yd) Melbourne Showgrounds. He always maintained that his success in Australia was in part due to these larger tracks which suited his Long track style of riding.

During his time riding in both Australia and New Zealand, Wigg won the Australian Long track Grand Prix in 1990, 1994 and 1995, as well as the New Zealand Long track Grand Prix in 1994.

He moved to Brisbane, Australia aged just two years old in 1962 and returned to England after 15 years in 1977. When he returned, 3 years later he joined his first speedway club Weymouth Wildcats which was just the start of his professional career as a Speedway Rider [1]

In 1982, Wigg won the British League Division Two Pairs Championship with Martin Yeates. He became the second British Individual Speedway Long Track World Championship 1985 (Michael Lee was the first in 1981) and went on to win the title a further four times. He was the most successful British Grasstrack and Longtrack rider ever. When Wigg was riding in Oxford, England he met his wife to be, Charlie, and after a few years together they had two children.

Wigg was also famous for his bright green leathers and bikes, as well as pulling wheelies when he had a comfortable lead in a race. He claimed that the wheelies were to reduce friction from the front wheel and made him faster on the straights, though Wigg also enjoyed playing up to the crowd.

Death[edit]

Simon died after a long battle with a brain tumour in 2000 at the age of 40.[3]

British Grasstrack Championship Record[edit]

World Longtrack Championship Record[edit]

Five Times Champion

Final

Grand Years

1998 Four G.P. 40pts (10th)

World Speedway final appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

World Team Cup[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1997 17th 13 10th -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers, G.(2005). Wiggy!: Simon Wigg in His Own Words . ISBN 0-9548336-7-8
  2. ^ Oakes, P & Rising, P (1986). 1986 Speedway Yearbook. Spotsdata. ISBN 0-948882-00-X
  3. ^ "Bike champion dies young". The Daily Telegraph. London. 22 November 2000. 

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