1998 Speedway Grand Prix

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1998 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
DatesMay 15 - September 18
Events6
Cities6
Countries6
Riders21 permanents
3 wild card(s)
Heats144 (in 6 events)
Winners
ChampionFlag of Sweden.svg  SWE Tony Rickardsson
Runner-upFlag of Sweden.svg  SWE Jimmy Nilsen
3rd placeFlag of Poland.svg  POL Tomasz Gollob

The 1998 Speedway Grand Prix was the 53rd edition of the official World Championship. [1] [2] It was the fourth season in the Speedway Grand Prix era used to determine the Speedway World Champion. [3]

Contents

Tony Rickardsson won the World title, which included three wins from the six Grand Prix events. The Swede's win was his second World title success and he secured the gold medal comfortably ahead of nearest rivals Jimmy Nilsen and [Tomasz Gollob]]. [4]

Event format

The system used was a new one for the 4th SGP season with 24 riders, divided into two classes. The eight best would be directly qualified for the "Main Event", while the sixteen others would be knocked out if they finished out of the top two in 4-man heats on two occasions - while they would go through if they finished inside the top two on two occasions. This resulted in 10 heats, where eight proceeded to the Main Event, where exactly the same system was applied to give eight riders to a semi-final.

The semi-finals were then two heats of four, where the top two qualified for a final and the last two going towards the consolation final. The 4 finalists scored 25, 20, 18 and 16 points, with 5th to 8th scoring 15, 14, 12 and 10 point, and after that 8, 8, 7, 7, etc. Places after 8th place were awarded according to the time a rider was knocked out and, secondly, according to position in the last heat he rode in.

Qualification for Grand Prix

The 1998 season had 21 permanent riders and 3 wild card at each event. The permanent riders are highlighted in the results table below.

Calendar

RoundDateCity and venueWinnerRunner-up3rd placed4th placedResults
1May 15 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague , Czech Republic
Markéta Stadium
Flag of Sweden.svg Tony Rickardsson Flag of the United States.svg Billy Hamill Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Nilsen Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Gollob results
2June 6 Flag of Germany.svg Pocking , Germany
Rottalstadion
Flag of Sweden.svg Tony Rickardsson Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Nilsen Flag of the United States.svg Billy Hamill Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Gollob results
3June 19 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens , Denmark
Speedway Center
Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Louis Flag of Sweden.svg Tony Rickardsson Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Crump results
4August 7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Coventry , Great Britain
Brandon Stadium
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Crump Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Nilsen Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Gollob Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ryan Sullivan results
5August 28 Flag of Sweden.svg Linköping , Sweden
Motorstadium
Flag of Sweden.svg Tony Rickardsson Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Louis Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Karlsson Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock results
6September 18 Flag of Poland.svg Bydgoszcz , Poland
Polonia Stadium
Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Gollob Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ryan Sullivan Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Nilsen Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen results

Final standings

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos.RiderPoints CZE
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
DEN
Flag of Denmark.svg
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
SWE
Flag of Sweden.svg
POL
Flag of Poland.svg
Gold medal icon.svg Flag of Sweden.svg (4) Tony Rickardsson 11125251882510
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Sweden.svg (8) Jimmy Nilsen 9918208201518
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Poland.svg (3) Tomasz Gollob 9716168181425
4 Flag of Denmark.svg (7) Hans Nielsen 76812257816
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (18) Chris Louis 75158206206
6 Flag of the United States.svg (1) Greg Hancock 696101415168
7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (9) Ryan Sullivan 681273161020
8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (10) Jason Crump 62 (+3)33162578
9 Flag of the United States.svg (2) Billy Hamill 62 (+N)201861251
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (5) Mark Loram 5267107814
11 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (15) Leigh Adams 51106441215
12 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg (22) (23) (24) Antonín Kasper, Jr. 5074151437
13 Flag of Sweden.svg (14) Stefan Dannö 4914671057
14 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (17) Andy Smith 4321454612
15 Flag of Sweden.svg (19) Henrik Gustafsson 438156626
16 Flag of Denmark.svg (6) Brian Andersen 3157874
17 Flag of Sweden.svg (23) (25) Peter Karlsson 271818
18 Flag of Italy.svg (11) Armando Castagna 23153365
19 Flag of Hungary.svg (12) Zoltan Adorjan 21752313
20 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (16) Craig Boyce 18341145
21 Flag of Poland.svg (13) Piotr Protasiewicz 16215233
22 Flag of Denmark.svg (21) Jesper B. Jensen 1441522
23 Flag of Denmark.svg (22) Brian Karger 1212
24 Flag of Poland.svg (20) Sebastian Ułamek 1012142
25 Flag of Germany.svg (22) (24) Gerd Riss 642
26 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg (23) Bohumil Brhel 55
26 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (23) Joe Screen 55
28 Flag of Norway.svg (24) Lars Gunnestad 541
29 Flag of Poland.svg (24) Jacek Gollob 44
30 Flag of Poland.svg (27) Jacek Krzyżaniak 33
31 Flag of Germany.svg (23) Robert Barth 22
32 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (24) Martin Dugard 22
33 Flag of Poland.svg (23) Robert Dados 11
Pos. RiderPoints CZE
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GER
Flag of Germany.svg
DEN
Flag of Denmark.svg
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
SWE
Flag of Sweden.svg
POL
Flag of Poland.svg

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