Mikael Max

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Mikael Max
Born (1973-08-21) 21 August 1973 (age 47)
Gullspång, Sweden
NationalityFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Website Official Website
Current club information
Polish league KM Ostrów Wielkopolski
Swedish league Dackarna , Västervik Speedway
Career history
1989-1998 Örnarna (SWE)
1993-1994, 1996-1999, 2001-2005 Wolverhampton Wolves
1995 Piła (POL)
1999-2002 Valsarna (SWE)
2000-2002 Rybnik (POL)
2003 Warsaw (POL)
2003-2005 Luxo Stars (SWE)
2005 Rzeszów (POL)
2006- Ostrów Wlkp. (POL)
2006-2008 Piraterna (SWE)
2006 Arena Essex
2015 Dackarna (SWE)
Individual honours
1994 World Under-21 Cha-mpion
1992Swedish Under-21 Champion
Team honours
1994, 2000, 2003, 2004 Speedway World Cup
1996 Premier League
1996 Elite League KO Cup Winner
1997Premiership Winner
2002 Elite League
2005Polish Div Two Champion
1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999 Swedish Elitserien Champion
1992, 1996, 2002, 2003Swedish Pairs Champion

Karl Mikael Karlsson (born 21 August 1973 in Gullspång, Sweden), [1] who rides under the name Mikael Max, is an international motorcycle speedway rider who rode in the UK for the Wolverhampton Wolves in the Elite League.


After first riding a speedway bike at the age of twelve, he moved up to 500cc bikes in 1989. [2] He represented Sweden at under-21 level in 1990, and made his full debut for Sweden in 1991. [2] He won the Swedish Under-21 Championship in 1992 and the World Under-21 Championship in 1994. [2] He made his British speedway debut in 1993 for Wolverhampton Wolves, going on to ride for the club until 2005, only missing the 1995 and 2000 seasons. In 2006 he rode for the Arena Essex Hammers. Max is his mother's maiden name and he has raced as Mikael Max since 2003. [2]

His two brothers, Peter Karlsson and Magnus Karlsson, are both motorcycle speedway riders. [2] All three brothers represented Sweden in the 2007 Speedway World Cup, with Magnus riding at reserve.

He won the Swedish Pairs Championship four times, twice with brother Peter, in 1992 and 1996, with Stefan Dannö in 2002 and with Stefan Andersson in 2003.

Speedway Grand Prix results

 permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
 rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)
YearPositionPointsBest FinishNotes
1996 23rd0-Reserve in Swedish Grand Prix (did not ride)
1997 16th148th8th in Great Britain Grand Prix. Reserve in three others.
1999 14th459th
2000 13th397th
2001 7th592nd2nd in Sweden Grand Prix. 3rd in Poland Grand Prix.
2002 5th1223rd3rd in Norway Grand Prix. 3rd in Great Britain Grand Prix.
2003 13th525th
2004 16th499th
2005 28th017thReserve at Sweden Grand Prix

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