Australia national speedway team

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Flag of Australia.svg
Team manager Mark Lemon
Team captain Chris Holder
Nation colourGreen/Yellow
SWC Wins4 (1976, 1999, 2001, 2002)
World Championships
Team (SWC)443
Pairs 030
Individual (SGP)8712

Australia is one of the major teams in international motorcycle speedway with the country regarded as the birthplace of the sport in the 1920s. The current team is managed by former rider Mark Lemon, and captained by 2012 World Champion Chris Holder. Australia finished 3rd in the 2014 Speedway World Cup Final on 2 August in Bydgoszcz, Poland.


Speedway World Cup

The Australian national speedway team has won both the Speedway World Team Cup (1960–2000) and the Speedway World Cup (2001–present) on two occasions respectively, and were a major force at the turn of the 21st century. The team won its first World Team Cup in 1976 with captain John Boulger, Phil Crump, Billy Sanders, Phil Herne and reserve Garry Middleton, but had to wait over 30 years before winning three tournaments out of four, between 1999 and 2002. Key riding members of the title wins since 1999 include Jason Crump (undefeated through the 2001 World Cup rounds and Final), Leigh Adams, Ryan Sullivan and Todd Wiltshire who took part in all three wins, while Jason Lyons rode in two (1999 and 2002) and Craig Boyce rode in 2001. [1]

Multi-time Australian and New South Wales champion Jim Airey is the only Australian rider to win the World Team Cup not riding for Australia. He won the 1971 Speedway World Team Cup in Wrocław, Poland, as part of the Great Britain team.

The current Australian team (at the 2016 SWC) is Chris Holder, Jason Doyle, Josh Grajczonek and Sam Masters.

YearVenueStandings (Pts)Australia Riders and Pts
1976 Flag of England.svg
White City Stadium
1. Flag of Australia (converted).svg AUSTRALIA (31)
2. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (28)
3. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (26)
4. Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union (11)
Phil Crump 11
Billy Sanders 7
Phil Herne 7
John Boulger 6
Garry Middleton -
1999 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Svítkov Stadion
1. Flag of Australia (converted).svg AUSTRALIA (51)
2. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (35)
3. Flag of the United States.svg USA (29)
4. Flag of England.svg England (29)
Leigh Adams 14
Jason Crump 13+1
Ryan Sullivan 12+3
Jason Lyons 10+3
Todd Wiltshire 2+1
2001 Flag of Poland.svg
Olympic Stadium
1. Flag of Australia (converted).svg AUSTRALIA (68)
2. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (65)
3. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (51)
4. Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark (44)
5. Flag of the United States.svg USA (30)
Jason Crump 20
Leigh Adams 16
Ryan Sullivan 13
Todd Wiltshire 10
Craig Boyce 9
2002 Flag of England.svg
East of England Showground
1. Flag of Australia (converted).svg AUSTRALIA (64)
2. Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark (58)
3. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (54)
4. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (48)
5. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (36)
Leigh Adams 17
Ryan Sullivan 17
Jason Crump 14
Todd Wiltshire 13
Jason Lyons 3
+1,2... - bonus points gained by finishing behind teammate
+1j,+2j... - extra points gained in joker ride

Team Under-21 World Championship

2005 Did not start in Qualifying Round 2
2006 Did not enter
2007 3rd place in Qualifying Round 1
2008 433 Chris Holder (16), Troy Batchelor (7), Tyron Proctor (7), Robert Ksiezak (2), Kozza Smith (1)
2009 Darcy Ward (18), Richard Sweetman (8), Justin Sedgmen (6), Josh Grajczonek (2), Mitchell Davey (1)
2010 Darcy Ward (15), Richard Sweetman (11), Sam Masters (9), Justin Sedgmen (8), Josh Grajczonek (3)
2011*Won Semi-final 2
Darcy Ward (15), Josh Grajczonek (14), Sam Masters (13), Justin Sedgmen (11), Richard Sweetman (10)
2012 244 Darcy Ward (14), Nick Morris (11), Dakota North (8), Sam Masters (6), Alex Davies (5)
2013 420 Darcy Ward (14), Alex Davies (4), Nick Morris (3), Tyson Nelson (2)
2014 Max Fricke (10), Mason Campton (10), Nick Morris (9+2), Ryan Douglas (8)
2015 [2] 329Host nation
Nick Morris (12), Brady Kurtz (7), Max Fricke (6), Jack Holder (4)
2016 237 Jake Allen (13), Jack Holder (9), Max Fricke (8), Brady Kurtz (7), Cameron Heeps (Res - DNR)

* Due to cost of travel and visa problems, Australia withdrew from the 2011 Final,


World Championships

CompetitionsTotalGold medalsSilver medalsBronze medals
World Cup
(since 2001)
114 1976, 1999, 2001, 2002 4 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012 3 2007, 2013, 2014
Team U-21 (since 2005)302 2012, 2016 1 2015
Pairs (1970-1993)303 1974, 1983, 1990 0
Intercontinental (1975-2001)0
Grand Prix
(since 1995)
278 1936, 1938, 1951, 1952, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012 7 1983, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 12 1936, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1976, 1980, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010
Individual U-21 (since 1977)146 1983, 1992, 1995, 2009, 2010, 2016 4 1996, 2007, 2008, 2011 4 1991, 1994, 1995, 1999
Total medals: 58Gold: 18Silver: 20Bronze: 20

World Champions

Individual World Championship

Individual Under-21 World Championship

* Steve Baker's win in 1983 was when it was known as the European Under-21 Championship

World Team Cup / World Cup Titles

Preceded by
Flag of England.svg England
World Champions
1976 (1st title)
Succeeded by
Flag of England.svg England
Preceded by
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
World Champions
1999 (2nd title)
Succeeded by
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Preceded by
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
World Champions
2001 (3rd title)
2002 (4th title)
Succeeded by
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

Notable riders

♦ Individual World Champion
• Under-21 World Champion
× World Team Cup / World Cup Champion
* Australian Champion
# Australian Under-21 Champion
† - Deceased

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  1. "Roll of honour". Benfield Sports International (BSI). 2008. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
  2. 2015 Junior World Cup

See also