Individual Speedway Junior World Championship

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Individual Speedway Junior World Championship
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Sports current event.svg 2019 Individual Speedway Junior World Championship
Sport motorcycle speedway
Founded1977
No. of teams14 riders
Continent World
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Poland.svg  POL Maksym Drabik (2019)
Most titlesIndividual - 2 titles:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Darcy Ward
Flag of Russia.svg  RUS Emil Sayfutdinov
Flag of Poland.svg  POL Maksym Drabik
Team - 8 titles:
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
Related
competitions
Team Championship

The Individual Speedway Junior World Championship (usually referred to as the Speedway World Under 21 Championship) is an annual speedway event held each year organized by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) since 1977. The current (2019) world champion is Maksym Drabik from Poland.

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Drabik (2017 and 2019), along with Emil Sayfutdinov from Russia (2007 and 2008) and Darcy Ward from Australia (2009 and 2010) are the only double U-21 World Champions.

Per Jonsson from Sweden (1985), Gary Havelock from Great Britain (1987) and Jason Crump from Australia (1995) are (as of 2018) the only Under-21 World Champions who have gone on to win the Individual Speedway World Championship. Jonsson won the World Championship in 1990, Havelock won in 1992 while Crump won the championship in 2004, 2006 and 2009.

History

Between 1977 and 1987 the Championship was the called Individual Speedway Junior European Championship (European Speedway Under 21 Championship), open only to European riders. In 1979, the Championship allowed riders from other continents to compete, but was renamed to the Speedway World Under 21 Championship in 1988.

A new competition was named Individual Speedway Junior European Championship was founded by the European Motorcycle Union (UEM) in 1998, only open to European competitors.

Age limits

The minimum age of a rider to compete is 16 years of age (starting on the date of the rider's birthday). The maximum age is 21 years of age (finishing at the end of the year in which the rider celebrates his 21st birthday).

Past winners

European Championship (1977-1987)

YearVenueWinnersRunner-up3rd place
1977 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Flag of Denmark.svg Alf Busk (9 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Owen (8 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Les Collins (7 pts)
1978 Flag of Italy.svg Lonigo Flag of Denmark.svg Finn Rune Jensen (13 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kevin Jolly (12+3 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Neil Middleditch (12+2 pts)
1979 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Leningrad Flag of the United States.svg Ron Preston (13 pts) Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Airat Faizulin (12 pts) Flag of Finland.svg Ari Koponen (11+3 pts)
1980 Flag of Germany.svg Pocking Flag of Denmark.svg Tommy Knudsen (14 pts) Flag of New Zealand.svg Tony Briggs (12 pts) Flag of the United States.svg Dennis Sigalos (11+3 pts)
1981 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slaný Flag of the United States.svg Shawn Moran (15 pts) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Antonín Kasper, Jr. (14 pts) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jiří Hnidak (13 pts)
1982 Flag of Germany.svg Pocking Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Antonín Kasper, Jr. (14 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Courtney (12+3 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Peter Ravn (12+2 pts)
1983 Flag of Italy.svg Lonigo Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steve Baker (13 pts) Flag of New Zealand.svg David Bargh (12 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marvyn Cox (11 pts)
1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marvyn Cox (12 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Neil Evitts (11+3 pts) Flag of the United States.svg Steve Lucero (11+2 pts)
1985 Flag of Germany.svg Abensberg Flag of Sweden.svg Per Jonsson (15 pts) Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Nilsen (13 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Ole Hansen (11+3pts)
1986 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Rivne Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Igor Marko (13 pts) Flag of Sweden.svg Tony Olsson (12 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Brian Karger (11 pts)
1987 Flag of Poland.svg Zielona Góra Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Havelock (13 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Piotr Świst (12+3 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sean Wilson (12+2 pts)
YearVenueWinnersRunner-up3rd place

World Championship (since 1988)

One-day final (1988-2009)

YearVenueWinnersRunner-up3rd place
1988 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slaný Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Nahlin (14 pts) Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Gustafsson (11+3 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Brian Karger (11+2 pts)
1989 Flag of Italy.svg Lonigo Flag of Denmark.svg Gert Handberg (13+3 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Louis (13+2 pts) Flag of Sweden.svg Niklas Karlsson (12 pts)
1990 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Lviv Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Louis (14 pts) Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Rene Aas (13 pts) Flag of Sweden.svg Tony Rickardsson (10+3 pts)
1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Coventry Flag of Denmark.svg Brian Andersen (14+3 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Morten Andersen (14+2 pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Lyons (11 pts)
1992 Flag of Germany.svg Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm Flag of Australia (converted).svg Leigh Adams (14+3 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Loram (14+2 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen (13 pts)
1993 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pardubice Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen (14+3 pts) Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael Karlsson (14+2 pts) Flag of Norway.svg Rune Holta (10+3 pts)
1994 Flag of Norway.svg Elgane Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael Karlsson (14+3 pts) Flag of Norway.svg Rune Holta (14+2 pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Crump (12+3 pts)
1995 Flag of Finland.svg Tampere Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Crump (13+3 pts) Flag of Sweden.svg Daniel Andersson (13+F pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ryan Sullivan (12+3 pts)
1996 Flag of Germany.svg Olching Flag of Poland.svg Piotr Protasiewicz (15 pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ryan Sullivan (11+3 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Jesper B. Jensen (11+2 pts)
1997 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Mšeno Flag of Denmark.svg Jesper B. Jensen (14 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Rafał Dobrucki (11+3 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Scott Nicholls (11+2 pts)
1998 Flag of Poland.svg Piła Flag of Poland.svg Robert Dados (14+3 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Jabłoński (14+2 pts) Flag of Slovenia.svg Matej Ferjan (12 pts)
1999 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lee Richardson (13 pts) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Aleš Dryml, Jr. (11 pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nigel Sadler (10+3+2 pts)
2000 Flag of Poland.svg Gorzów Wlkp. Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Jonsson (14 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Cegielski (11+3 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Jarosław Hampel (11+2 pts)
YearVenueWinnersRunner-up3rd place
2001 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peterborough Flag of Poland.svg Dawid Kujawa (12 pts) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Lukáš Dryml (11 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Rafał Okoniewski (10+3 pts)
2002 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slaný Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Lukáš Dryml (14+3 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak (14+2 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Howe (12 pts)
2003 Flag of Sweden.svg Kumla Flag of Poland.svg Jarosław Hampel (14 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Harris (13 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Rafał Szombierski (11+3 pts)
2004 Flag of Poland.svg Wrocław Flag of Poland.svg Robert Miśkowiak (12 pts +2 +2) Flag of Denmark.svg Kenneth Bjerre (8 pts +3 +2) Flag of Slovenia.svg Matej Žagar (8 pts +2 +1)
2005 Flag of Austria.svg Wiener Neustadt Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak (8 pts) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Suchánek (8 pts) Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Lindgren (7 pts)
2006 Flag of Italy.svg Terenzano Flag of Poland.svg Karol Ząbik (13 pts +3) Flag of Sweden.svg Antonio Lindbäck (12 pts +2) Flag of Germany.svg Christian Hefenbrock (12 pts +1)
2007 Flag of Poland.svg Ostrów Wlkp. Flag of Russia.svg Emil Sayfutdinov (15 pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Holder (14 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Paweł Hlib (12 pts)
2008 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pardubice Flag of Russia.svg Emil Sayfutdinov (14 pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Holder (12+3 pts) Flag of Croatia.svg Jurica Pavlic (12+2 pts)
2009 Flag of Croatia.svg Goričan Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darcy Ward (13 pts) Flag of Croatia.svg Jurica Pavlic (12+3 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Patrick Hougaard (12+2 pts)
YearVenueWinnersRunner-up3rd place

Final series (since 2010)

YearVenueWinnersRunner-up3rd place
2010 three events Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darcy Ward (30+3 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Maciej Janowski (30+2 pts) Flag of Latvia.svg Maksims Bogdanovs (30+1 pts)
2011 four events Flag of Poland.svg Maciej Janowski (50 pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darcy Ward (46+3 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Przemysław Pawlicki (46+2 pts)
2012 seven events Flag of Denmark.svg Michael Jepsen Jensen (90 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Maciej Janowski (89 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Mikkel Bech Jensen (75 pts)
2013 three events Flag of Poland.svg Patryk Dudek (35 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Piotr Pawlicki Jr. (34 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Kacper Gomólski (29 pts)
2014 three events Flag of Poland.svg Piotr Pawlicki Jr. (42 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Kacper Gomolski (36 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Mikkel Michelsen (33 pts)
2015 three events Flag of Poland.svg Bartosz Zmarzlik (39 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Anders Thomsen (34 pts) Flag of Denmark.svg Mikkel Michelsen (34 pts)
2016 three events Flag of Australia (converted).svg Max Fricke (46 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Krystian Pieszczek (40 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Lambert (37+3 pts)
2017 three events Flag of Poland.svg Maksym Drabik (49 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Bartosz Smektała (42 pts) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Max Fricke (41 pts)
2018 three events Flag of Poland.svg Bartosz Smektała (56 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Maksym Drabik (54 pts) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Lambert (46 pts)
2019 three events Flag of Poland.svg Maksym Drabik (49 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Bartosz Smektała (45+3 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Dominik Kubera (45+2 pts)
2020 one event Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jaimon Lidsey (20 pts) Flag of Poland.svg Dominik Kubera (16 pts) Flag of Latvia.svg Oleg Mikhailov (14 pts)

Medals classification

2007 and 2008 Under-21 World Champion Emil Sayfutdinov (photo 2008). Emil Saifutdinov (Mar 08).jpg
2007 and 2008 Under-21 World Champion Emil Sayfutdinov (photo 2008).
PosNational Team Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Total
1.Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1414735
2.Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 74516
3.Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 73919
4.Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 57921
5.Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 46313
6.Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
3205
7.Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
2417
8.Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2024
9.Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 0202
10.Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 0112
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0112
12.Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 0022
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 0022
14.Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 0011
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0011

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