Lee Richardson (speedway rider)

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Lee Richardson
Born(1979-04-25)25 April 1979
Hastings, England
Died13 May 2012(2012-05-13) (aged 33)
Wrocław, Poland
NicknameRico
NationalityFlag of England.svg  England
Career history
1995, 1997-1999 Reading Racers
1996, 1999 Poole Pirates
1997, 2004 Peterborough Panthers
1997 King's Lynn Stars
2000-2003 Coventry Bees
2005-2007 Swindon Robins
2008
2009-2012
Eastbourne Eagles
Lakeside Hammers
Individual honours
1999 World Under-21 Champion
2003 Elite League Riders Champion
Team honours
1997 Premier League Champion
1998 Premier League KO Cup Champion
2005 Elite League Pairs Champion
2008,2009 Elite League KO Cup winner

Lee Stewart Richardson (25 April 1979 – 13 May 2012) [1] was a British international motorcycle speedway rider. Richardson represented Great Britain at senior and under-21 level and featured in several World Cup tournaments. Richardson was World Under 21 champion in 1999 and also won the Elite League Riders' Championship in 2003. He was also a fully fledged Grand Prix rider for four seasons from 2003 until 2006. [2] Richardson joined the Lakeside Hammers for the 2009 season. On 13 May 2012, Richardson died of internal bleeding in a Wrocław hospital following a collision with a safety fence during a Polish League match. [3]

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Family

Richardson's mother Julie was a presenter for ScreenSport Television. His father Colin is a former rider. His uncle Steve Weatherley, another rider, was paralysed in a crash with Vic Harding whilst racing in a meeting at the Hackney Wick Stadium (Harding later died in hospital).

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Colin Eric Richardson is a former motorcycle speedway rider who won the National League Riders Championship in 1977. He represented England at full and Under-21 levels. He rode for the Eastbourne Eagles, Reading Racers, Swindon Robins, Hull Vikings, Wimbledon Dons and the King's Lynn Stars winning the New National League KO Cup in 1975 and the National League and cup double in 1977 with Eastbourne

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Speedway Grand Prix results

YearPositionPointsBest finishNotes
2000 31st319th1 wild card appearance
2002 25th175th2 wild card appearances. 5th in British Grand Prix
2003 16th457thMissed 2 Grands Prix through injury
2004 11th763rd3rd in British Grand Prix
2005 13th552nd2nd in Polish Grand Prix
2006 15th398th

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References

  1. Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN   0-948882-81-6
  2. Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN   978-0-7524-4250-1
  3. "British speedway star dies after crash in Poland". Eurosport. 13 May 2012. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.