Intercontinental Final

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The Intercontinental Final was a Motorcycle speedway Final sanctioned by the FIM as the final qualifying round for the Speedway World Championship between 1975 and 2001. [1]

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After being introduced in 1975, it replaced the European Final as the final qualifying round for Commonwealth, American and Nordic riders in 1976. [2]

The Intercontinental Final was not run from 1991-1994 when it was replaced by the World Semi-finals. It returned to the World Championship calendar in 1995, though unlike from 1975-1991 riders would be vying for a place in the following years Speedway Grand Prix World Championship series and not for the current year World Final. [3]

Peter Collins (1976), Ole Olsen (1978) and Bruce Penhall (1981) are the only riders who won the Intercontinental Final to go on and win the World Championship in the same year. Collins (1977) and Erik Gundersen (1986) are the only reigning World Champions to win the Intercontinental Final.

Editions

YearVenueWinnerRunner-up3rd place
1975 Flag of Sweden.svg Göteborg Ullevi Flag of New Zealand.svg Ivan Mauger Flag of Sweden.svg Anders Michanek Flag of Sweden.svg Bernt Persson
1976 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Wembley Stadium Flag of England.svg Peter Collins Flag of New Zealand.svg Ivan Mauger Flag of Australia (converted).svg Phil Crump
1977 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London White City Stadium Flag of England.svg Peter Collins Flag of Denmark.svg Ole Olsen Flag of Australia (converted).svg Billy Sanders
1978 Flag of Denmark.svg Fredericia Fredericia Speedway Center Flag of Denmark.svg Ole Olsen Flag of New Zealand.svg Ivan Mauger Flag of the United States.svg Scott Autrey
1979 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London White City Stadium Flag of England.svg Michael Lee Flag of England.svg Peter Collins Flag of Denmark.svg Finn Thomsen
1980 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London White City Stadium Flag of England.svg Chris Morton Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Penhall Flag of Australia (converted).svg Billy Sanders
1981 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Vojens Speedway Center Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Penhall Flag of Denmark.svg Erik Gundersen Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen
1982 Flag of Sweden.svg Vetlanda Vetlanda Speedway Flag of England.svg Les Collins Flag of England.svg Kenny Carter Flag of the United States.svg Dennis Sigalos
1983 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London White City Stadium Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen Flag of England.svg Michael Lee Flag of England.svg Kenny Carter
1984 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Vojens Speedway Center Flag of the United States.svg Shawn Moran Flag of England.svg Simon Wigg Flag of the United States.svg Lance King
1985 Flag of Sweden.svg Vetlanda Vetlanda Speedway Flag of the United States.svg Shawn Moran Flag of the United States.svg Lance King Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen
1986 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bradford Odsal Stadium Flag of Denmark.svg Erik Gundersen Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen Flag of Denmark.svg Tommy Knudsen
1987 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Vojens Speedway Center Flag of Denmark.svg Erik Gundersen Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Nilsen Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen
1988 Flag of Sweden.svg Vetlanda Vetlanda Speedway Flag of Denmark.svg Jan O. Pedersen Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen Flag of Denmark.svg Erik Gundersen
1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bradford Odsal Stadium Flag of England.svg Kelvin Tatum Flag of Denmark.svg Erik Gundersen Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen
1990 Flag of Denmark.svg Fjelsted Hele Fyns Speedway Center Flag of the United States.svg Shawn Moran Flag of Sweden.svg Per Jonsson Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Nielsen
1991-94not held because format changed to World Semi finals
1995 Flag of Norway.svg Varhaug Elgane Speedway Flag of Denmark.svg Brian Karger Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen Flag of Australia (converted).svg Leigh Adams
1996 Flag of Denmark.svg Holsted Holsted Speedway Center Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Nilsen Flag of Denmark.svg Brian Andersen Flag of Germany.svg Gerd Riss
1997 Flag of Sweden.svg Västervik Västervik Speedway Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ryan Sullivan Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Crump Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Boyce
1998 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Vojens Speedway Center Flag of Denmark.svg Brian Karger Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Karlsson Flag of the United States.svg Sam Ermolenko
1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Poole Poole Stadium Flag of Australia (converted).svg Todd Wiltshire Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Havelock Flag of Finland.svg Kai Laukkanen
2000 Flag of Denmark.svg Holsted Holsted Speedway Center Flag of Sweden.svg Niklas Klingberg Flag of Norway.svg Rune Holta Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen
2001 Flag of Sweden.svg Västervik Västervik Speedway Flag of Finland.svg Kai Laukkanen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Scott Nicholls Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Jonsson

Winners by country

CountryWinsWinner(s)
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark7 Erik Gundersen (2), Brian Karger (2), Ole Olsen (1), Hans Nielsen (1), Jan O. Pedersen (1)
Flag of England.svg England6 Peter Collins (2), Michael Lee (1), Chris Morton (1), Les Collins (1), Kelvin Tatum (1)
Flag of the United States.svg United States4 Shawn Moran (3), Bruce Penhall (1)
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden2 Jimmy Nilsen (1), Niklas Klingberg (1)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia2 Ryan Sullivan (1), Todd Wiltshire (1)
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand1 Ivan Mauger (1)
Flag of Finland.svg Finland2 Kai Laukkanen (1)

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References

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  2. Oakes, Peter (1981). 1981 Speedway Yearbook. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. p. 22. ISBN   0-86215-017-5.
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