|Born||6 August 1976|
|1997-1999, 2002-2006,||Newport Wasps|
|2000-2001, 2007||Poole Pirates|
|2003||Belle Vue Aces|
|1997, 1998, 2002||Australian Long Track Champion|
|2003||NZ Long Track Grand Prix|
|2004||NSW State Champion|
|1999||Premier Trophy Winner|
Craig Watson (born 6 August 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales)is an Australian motorcycle speedway rider who rode for the Newport Wasps, Poole Pirates, Belle Vue Aces, Glasgow Tigers and Birmingham Brummies in the Elite League. Watson was the winner of the 1996 NSW State Championship. He is also a triple Australian Longtrack Champion, having won the championship in 1997, 1998 and 2002.
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