Craig Watson (speedway rider)

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Craig Watson
Born (1976-08-06) 6 August 1976 (age 41)
Sydney, Australia
Nickname Wato
NationalityFlag of Australia.svg  Australia
Career history
Great Britain
1997-1999, 2002-2006, Newport Wasps
2000-2001, 2007 Poole Pirates
2003 Belle Vue Aces
2007 Glasgow Tigers
2008 Birmingham Brummies
2000, 2005 Getingarna
2001 RKM Rybnik
Individual honours
1997, 1998, 2002 Australian Long Track Champion
2003 NZ Long Track Grand Prix
2004 NSW State Champion
Team honours
1999 Premier Trophy Winner

Craig Watson (born 6 August 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales) [1] 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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Motorcycle speedway motorcycle sport

Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines which use only one gear and have no brakes; racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock. Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).


Watson spent most of his career with the Newport Wasps. He failed to agree terms with the Newport promotion for 2007 and was eventually signed up by former club Poole Pirates in the Elite League. However his scores were low and when he suffered an injury early in the season his replacement, Piotr Swist, did well enough to keep his place. Watson signed for Premier League team the Glasgow Tigers for the rest of the 2007 season and had a successful spell with the club. [2]

Newport Wasps

Newport Wasps were a British motorcycle speedway team based in Newport, South Wales. They were the 1999 Conference League champions.

Poole Pirates

Poole Pirates are a motorcycle speedway team based in Poole, England, competing in the SGB Premiership. Since 2001 the club has won twelven major trophies, including the Elite League Championship in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and SGB Premiership Champions in 2018.

The Premier League was the second tier of speedway in the United Kingdom and governed by The Speedway Control Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA). The Premier League was founded in 1995 when the two divisions of the British League were amalgamated. In 1997, the Elite League was created as a new top tier with the Premier League becoming the second tier. The league operated until 2016 when British speedway was restructured with the formation of the SGB Premiership and SGB Championship.

At the start of 2008, Watson was again signed by his parent club the Poole Pirates to ride for them at reserve. However, the BSPA found that his greensheet average was incorrect and therefore his average would be too high for him to fit into the Poole squad. Watson was left without a club, but soon after once again signed for Premier League team Newport. Newport closed in May following the death of their owner, and Watson joined the Birmingham Brummies. [3]

Calculated Match Averages is a handicap calculated for every motorcycle speedway rider.

Birmingham Brummies

Birmingham Brummies are a British speedway team, who competed in the Elite League from 2011 until they folded part way through the 2014 season, and re-entered in 2015 in the National League. After 4 years in the National League, in 2019 they moved up to the SGB Championship. The team was originally formed in 1928 until they closed for the first time in 1986. Then in 2006 the club was brought back into British Speedway.

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  1. Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN   0-948882-81-6
  2. Bamford, Robert (2008). Methanol Press Speedway Yearbook 2008. Methanol Press. ISBN   978-0-9553103-5-5.
  3. "Watson Joins Brummies". BSPA . Retrieved 2008-08-09.