Denmark national speedway team

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Denmark
Flag of Denmark.svg
AssociationDanish Motor Union
Danmarks Motor Union
FIM codeDMU
Team manager Hans Nielsen
Team captain Niels-Kristian Iversen
Nation colourWhite and Red
Squad
World Championships
Team (SWC)15810
Pairs 836
Individual (SGP)141010
European Championships
Pairs 21
 Best resultNever started in qualification
Individual 777

Denmark is one of the major teams in international speedway. They are managed by Denmark's most successful speedway rider, four time Individual World Champion Hans Nielsen and the current captain is Niels-Kristian Iversen. They have won the Speedway World Cup / Speedway World Team Cup a record 15 occasions with team manager Nielsen being a rider on 11 of those teams.

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Speedway World Cup

The Denmark national speedway were a major force throughout the 1980s, winning a record 6 world titles in a row, between 1983 and 1988. They are currently one of the best teams in the world. Key riding members of the title wins include Hans Nielsen, who holds the record for most world cup wins by an individual rider with 11 wins (Nielsen won a total of 22 Individual, Pairs and Team World Championships), Tommy Knudsen (8 wins), Erik Gundersen (7 wins), Jan O. Pedersen (4 wins), Ole Olsen and Finn Thomsen (both 3 wins).

Denmark are the current (2014) Speedway World Cup Champions having won their record 15th title on 2 August at the Polonia Bydgoszcz Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

YearVenueStandings (Pts)Denmark Riders and Pts
1978 Flag of Germany.svg
Landshut
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (37)
2. Flag of England.svg England (27)
3. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (16)
4. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia (16)
Hans Nielsen 11
Ole Olsen 10
Mike Lohmann 9
Finn Thomsen 7
Kristian Praestbro -
1981 Flag of Germany.svg
Olching
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (36)
2. Flag of England.svg England (29)
3. Flag of Germany.svg West Germany (28)
4. Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union (3)
Hans Nielsen 11
Erik Gundersen 9
Tommy Knudsen 9
Ole Olsen 6
Finn Thomsen 1
1983 Flag of Denmark.svg
Vojens
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (37)
2. Flag of England.svg England (29)
3. Flag of the United States.svg USA (27)
4. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia (3)
Erik Gundersen 12
Hans Nielsen 11
Ole Olsen 7
Peter Ravn 7
Finn Thomsen 0
1984 Flag of Poland.svg
Leszno
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (44)
2. Flag of England.svg England (24)
3. Flag of the United States.svg USA (20)
4. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (8)
Erik Gundersen 12
Bo Petersen 12
Hans Nielsen 11
Preben Eriksen 9
Peter Ravn -
1985 Flag of the United States.svg
Long Beach
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (37)
2. Flag of the United States.svg USA (35)
3. Flag of England.svg England (13)
4. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (10)
Tommy Knudsen 12
Erik Gundersen 10
Hans Nielsen 10
Preben Eriksen 5
Bo Petersen 0
1986 Flag of Sweden.svg
Gothenburg
Flag of Denmark.svg
Vojens
Flag of England.svg
Odsal
Best of three events
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (9)
2. Flag of the United States.svg USA (4)
3. Flag of England.svg England (3)
4. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (2)
Hans Nielsen 35
Erik Gundersen 33
Tommy Knudsen 33
Jan O. Pedersen 20
John Jørgensen 8
1987 Flag of Denmark.svg
Fredericia
Flag of England.svg
Coventry
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Prague
Best of three events
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (130)
2. Flag of England.svg England (101)
3. Flag of the United States.svg USA (93)
4. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia (36)
Hans Nielsen 38
Erik Gundersen 33
Jan O. Pedersen 32
Tommy Knudsen 27
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1988 Flag of the United States.svg
Long Beach
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (44)
2. Flag of the United States.svg USA (32)
3. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (22)
4. Flag of England.svg England (22)
Hans Nielsen 14
Jan O. Pedersen 12
Erik Gundersen 8
Tommy Knudsen 8
John Jørgensen 2
1991 Flag of Denmark.svg
Vojens
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (51)
2. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (30)
3. Flag of the United States.svg USA (28)
4. Flag of England.svg England (11)
Jan O. Pedersen 15
Hans Nielsen 14
Tommy Knudsen 13
Gert Handberg 8
Brian Karger 1
1995 Flag of Poland.svg
Bydgoszcz
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (28)
2. Flag of England.svg England (22)
3. Flag of the United States.svg USA (19)
4. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (19)
5. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia (14)
6. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (13)
7. Flag of Norway.svg Norway (11)
Tommy Knudsen 15+3
Hans Nielsen 13+2
Brian Karger 0
1997 Flag of Poland.svg
Pila
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (27)
2. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (25)
3. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (21)
4. Flag of Germany.svg Germany (17)
5. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic (16)
6. Flag of Russia.svg Russia (10)
7. Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary (9)
Hans Nielsen 14+3
Tommy Knudsen 13+2
Jesper B. Jensen -
2006 Flag of England.svg
Reading
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (45)
2. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (37)
3. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (36)
4. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia (35)
Nicki Pedersen 13
Hans Andersen 12
Bjarne Pedersen 9
Charlie Gjedde 6
Niels Kristian Iversen 5
2008 Flag of Denmark.svg
Vojens
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (49)
2. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (37)
3. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (39)
4. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia (21)
Hans N. Andersen 11
Nicki Pedersen 11
Bjarne Pedersen 11
Kenneth Bjerre 9
Niels Kristian Iversen 7
2012 Flag of Sweden.svg
Målilla
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (39)
2. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia (36)
3. Flag of Russia.svg Russia (30)
4. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (24)
Niels Kristian Iversen 11
Michael Jepsen Jensen 11
Nicki Pedersen 9
Mikkel B Jensen 8
2014 Flag of Poland.svg
Bydgoszcz
1. Flag of Denmark.svg DENMARK (38)
2. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (36)
3. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia (36)
4. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (16)
Nicki Pedersen 17
Niels-Kristian Iversen 11
Peter Kildemand 7
Mads Korneliussen 3
Key:
+1,2... - bonus points gained by finishing behind teammate
+1j,+2j... - extra points gained in joker ride

Team U-21 World Championship

YearPlacePts.Riders
2005 324 Morten Risager (10), Henrik Møller (7), Nicolai Klindt (5), Patrick Hougaard (2), Kristian Lund (0)
2006 326 Nicolai Klindt (12), Henrik Møller (7), Morten Risager (4), Kenneth Hansen (2), Klaus Jakobsen (1)
2007 --2nd place in Qualifying Round 1
2008 239 Patrick Hougaard (16), Nicolai Klindt (12), René Bach (6), Morten Risager (4), Peter Kildemand (1)
YearPlacePts.Riders

Honours

World Championships

CompetitionsTotalGold medalsSilver medalsBronze medals
TotalYearsTotalYearsTotalYears
Team
World Cup
(1960-2000)
(since 2001)
3315 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 8 1979, 1982, 1989, 1993, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2013 10 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015
Team U-21 (since 2005)132 2010, 2013 6 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 5 2005, 2006, 2016, 2017, 2019
Pairs (1970-1993)178 1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 3 1973, 1976, 1984,6 1975, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1993
Intercontinental (1975-2001)227 1978, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1998 6 1977, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1996 9 1979, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000
Individual
Grand Prix
(1936-1994)
(since 1995)
3614 1971, 1975, 1978, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2008 11 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2012, 2019 11 1972, 1977, 1981, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015
Individual U-21 (since 1977)197 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2012 3 1991, 2004, 2015 9 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1996, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
Total medals: 140Gold: 53Silver: 37Bronze: 50

European Championships

CompetitionsTotalGolden medalsSilver medalsBronze medals
TotalYearsTotalYearsTotalYears
Team U-19 (since 2008)111 2018 7 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 3 2008, 2009, 2015
Pairs (since 2004)32 2016, 2018 1 2012
Individual (since 2001)217 1989, 1990, 1992, 2005, 2016, 2018, 2019 7 1972, 1974, 1975, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020 7 1971, 1988, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2019
Individual U-19 (since 1998)154 2003, 2007, 2013, 2015 4 2000, 2002, 2011, 2015 7 1998, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019
Total medals: 50Gold: 12Silver: 20Bronze: 18

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