Bjarne Pedersen

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Bjarne Pedersen
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Born (1978-07-12) 12 July 1978 (age 43)
Holstebro, Denmark
Nationality Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Website www.pedersenracing.com
Current club information
British league Peterborough Panthers
Plymouth Gladiators
Danish league Holstebro Speedway Klub
Polish league Start Gniezno
Swedish league Elit Vetlanda
Career history
Great Britain
2000–2001, 2003 Newcastle Diamonds
2002–2010, 2016 Poole Pirates
2011, 2013–14 Eastbourne Eagles
2012 Birmingham Brummies
2015 Leicester Lions
2021– Peterborough Panthers
2021– Plymouth Gladiators
Poland
1997Opole
1999, 2006 KS Toruń
2001–2002Rawicz
2003Orzeł Łódź
2004 ZKŻ Zielona Góra
2005, 2007–2008 Wybrzeże Gdańsk
2009 Unia Tarnów
2014– Start Gniezno
Sweden
1998,2012Vargarna
1999 Elit Vetlanda
2000–2002Kaparna
2004 Masarna
2003, 2005–2009 Västervik
2010 Indianerna
2015 2014 Piraterna
Denmark
1996–2001, 2007–Holstebro
2002Vojens
2003, 2005–2006Holsted
2004Slangerup
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
Starts71
Podiums7 (1-2-4)
Finalist7 time
Winner1 times
Individual honours
2004Danish Champion
2004 Elite League Riders Champion
1999Danish Under-21 Champion
2004 European Grand Prix Winner
Team honours
2003, 2004, 2008 Elite League Champion
2003, 2004 Elite League KO Cup Winner
2002, 2006 Craven Shield Winner
2003British League Cup Winner
2001 Premier League Champion
2005 Swedish Elitserien Champion
1997, 2003, 2006Danish League Champion
2007 Elite League Pairs Champion
2006, 2008 World Cup Winner

Bjarne Aagaard Pedersen (born 12 July 1978 in Holstebro, Denmark) [1] is an international motorcycle speedway rider who has represented Denmark in the Speedway World Cup, winning it on two occasions: in 2006 and 2008.

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Career summary

Pedersen began his speedway career in 1990. He won his first title in 1994 winning a Danish junior pairs championship with Charlie Gjedde. [2] However, he did not ride as a full-time professional until 2000. Pedersen began his UK racing career with the Newcastle Diamonds in the Premier League. He took part in his first two Speedway Grand Prix events in 2002, both as a wild card. [3] His first full Speedway Grand Prix season came in 2003, but it was not until 2004 when Pedersen won his only Grand Prix to date at the European GP in Wrocław. [4] In 2004 he also won the Elite League Riders' Championship.

Pedersen admitted at the end of the 2007 season that he had lost enthusiasm for riding in Speedway Grand Prix series until he qualified for the 2008 series in the race off in Vojens. [5]

Pedersen was retained by Poole for the 2008 season over former world champion Jason Crump when it was announced the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA) that the points limit for team building purposes was to be reduced drastically. Poole promoter Matt Ford stated that Pedersen was chosen due to his loyalty to Poole over the previous six seasons. [6]

Speedway Grand Prix results

YearPositionPointsBest FinishNotes
2002 26th1012th2 Wild card rides
2003 14th513rdFinished 3rd in the Norwegian GP
2004 10th78WinnerWon the European GP
2005 6th902ndFinished 3rd in the Swedish GP, 3rd in the British GP and 2nd in the Czech GP
2006 12th823rdFinished 3rd in the Danish GP
2007 12th775th
2008 11th692ndMissed European and Swedish GPs through injury. Finished 2nd in the Italian GP.
2011 22nd314th1 Wild card ride
2012 13th596th
2007 Speedway Grand Prix Final Championship standings
(Riding No 12)
Race no.Grand PrixPos.Pts.HeatsDraw No
1 /11 Flag of Italy.svg Italian SGP 125(1,E,3,1,1)5
2 /11 Flag of Europe.svg European SGP 78(3,1,0,2,1) +112
3 /11 Flag of Sweden.svg Swedish SGP 163(0,0,2,1,0)4
4 /11 Flag of Denmark.svg Danish SGP 135(X,3,1,0,1)11
5 /11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British SGP 107(2,3,1,1,0)15
6 /11 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Rep. SGP 116(3,1,0,0,2)1
7 /11 Flag of Sweden.svg Scandinavian SGP 97(0,1,2,2,2)7
8 /11 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvian SGP 98(2,2,2,1,1)15
9 /11 Flag of Poland.svg Polish SGP 88(3,1,3,1,0) +012
10 /11 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenian SGP 79(0,0,2,3,3) +19
11 /11 Flag of Germany.svg German SGP 511(0,3,2,2,3) +112
2008 Speedway Grand Prix Final Championship standings
(Riding No 11)
Race no.Grand PrixPos.Pts.HeatsDraw No
1 /11 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenian SGP 164(0,0,2,0,2)5
2 /11 Flag of Europe.svg European SGP --Injured*-
3 /11 Flag of Sweden.svg Swedish SGP --Injured*-
4 /11 Flag of Denmark.svg Danish SGP 97(1,2,3,0,1)1
5 /11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British SGP 514(2,3,3,3,3) +0(X))16
6 /11 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Rep. SGP 97(F/x,2,2,0,3)7
7 /11 Flag of Sweden.svg Scandinavian SGP 106(0,2,0,1,3)12
8 /11 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvian SGP 87(0,0,2,2,3) +09
9 /11 Flag of Poland.svg Polish SGP 144(1,1,0,2,1)15
10 /11 Flag of Italy.svg Italian SGP 217(3,0,2,3,3) +2 +45
11 /11 Flag of Germany.svg German SGP 143(1,1,1,0,0)15
 permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
 rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

*Pedersen sustained a broken wrist during a Craven Shield meeting for Poole on 2 May 2008. His place at the European Grand Prix and the Swedish Grand Prix were taken by first reserve Lubos Tomicek.

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References

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