Nicki Pedersen

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Nicki Pedersen
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Born (1977-04-02) 2 April 1977 (age 43)
Odense, Denmark
Nationality Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Website www.nickipedersen.com
Current club information
Danish league Holsted
Polish league GKM Grudziądz
Swedish league Rospiggarna
Career history
Great Britain
1998 Newcastle Diamonds
1999–2000 Wolverhampton Wolves
2001–2002 King's Lynn Stars
2003 Oxford Cheetahs
2003–2007 Eastbourne Eagles
2011 Peterborough Panthers
2020 Sheffield Tigers
Denmark
?-1997 Fjelsted
1998-1999 Holstebro
2000-2002 Brovst
2003- Holsted
Poland
1999 Start Gniezno
2000 GKM Grudziądz
2001 Wybrzeże Gdańsk
2002 Falubaz Zielona Góra
2003 Wybrzeże Gdańsk
2004-2005 ROW Rybnik
2006-2007 Stal Rzeszów
2008-2009 Włókniarz Częstochowa
2010-2013 Stal Gorzów
2014-2017 Unia Leszno
2018 Unia Tarnów
2019 Falubaz Zielona Góra
2020- GKM Grudziądz
Russia
2007-2010 Mega Lada
Sweden
1997-1998 Filbyterna
1999-2001 Västervik
2002-2005 Smederna
2006-2007 Hammarby
2008-2010 Lejonen
2011-2013 Vargarna
2014-2015 Dackarna
2016 Lejonen
2018-2019 Västervik
2020 Masarna
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
Starts178
Podiums49 (17-15-17)
Finalist64 time
Winner16 times
Individual honours
2003, 2007, 2008 World Champion
2002, 2003, 2005, 2006,Danish Champion
2004, 2007 Elite League Riders Champion
1997, 1998Danish Under-21 Champion
2002, 2007, 2011 European Grand Prix Champion
2003 British Grand Prix Champion
2006, 2007 Slovenian Grand Prix Champion
2006 Polish Grand Prix Champion
2007 Italian Grand Prix Champion
2007, 2008, 2012 Czech Grand Prix Champion
2009 Polish Grand Prix Champion
2012 Croatian Grand Prix Champion
2015 Finnish Grand Prix Champion
2015 Swedish Grand Prix Champion
2015 Torun Grand Prix Champion
2018 Scandinavian Grand Prix Champion
2008, 2010 Golden Helmet of Pardubice (CZE)
Team honours
2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 World Cup Winner
2001, 2002, 2003Polish Div Two Champion
1995, 1998, 2000, 2003,Danish League Champion
2008, 2020 Elitserien Champion
Competition record
Representing Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Speedway World Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2003
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2007
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2012
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2006
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2014
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2015
Speedway World Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2006
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2012
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2014
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2002
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2007
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2013
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2015
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2003
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2004
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2005
Intercontinental Cup
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2000
Golden Helmet
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2010
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2005
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2006

Nicki Pedersen (born 2 April 1977 in Odense, Denmark) [1] is a Danish motorcycle speedway rider. He has won the World Championship in 2003, 2007 and 2008 and was a World Cup winner with Denmark in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014. [2] His brother, Ronni Pedersen, has also ridden in the Speedway Grand Prix and World Cup.

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Career

Domestic teams

Pedersen began speedway racing aged 11 at Danish club Fjelsted. He started his Polish speedway career in 1999 with Polish second division club Start Gniezno and has since ridden for GTŻ Grudziądz, Wybrzeże Gdańsk, ZKŻ Zielona Góra and ŻKS ROW Rybnik. Between 2006 and 2007 he rode for Stal Rzeszów and since 2008 he has ridden for Włókniarz Częstochowa. Pedersen rides for Dackarna in the Swedish Elitserien, and Holsted in the Danish Super League. [3]

Pedersen's speedway career in the United Kingdom began with the Premier League team Newcastle Diamonds, before Elite League side Wolverhampton Wolves bought him for the 1999 season. He was at Wolverhampton for two years before the club loaned him out to King's Lynn, Oxford and Eastbourne. Pedersen spent four years at Eastbourne but left at the end of the 2007 season due to a change in ownership of the club and a reduction of the points limit for team building purposes by the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA). [4] Although Nicki is still an asset of Wolverhampton, he has ruled out a return to the Elite League. [5]

Grand Prix

Pedersen took part in his first Grand Prix in 2000, as a wildcard in Denmark and impressed by finishing in fourth place. That year he qualified for the 2001 Grand Prix where he managed a third in the opening round in Germany and then earned a spot in the Grand Prix in 2002. He showed potential in the opening round in 2002, finishing third in Germany. Consistent scoring left him in 11th place in the World Championship after his first full year.

Pedersen had a bad start to 2002, but secured his GP place in 2003 after recording the first win of his career in the European Grand Prix. He finished the year in 12th place despite an inconsistent season. In 2003, he improved massively on his 2002 performance. He finished second in the opening Grand Prix of the season, and after a 10th place in the Swedish Grand Prix, Pedersen won again in Cardiff to give him a chance of becoming World Champion. Consistent high placings and four more podium finishes, including three in a row, secured the 2003 World Championship for Pedersen.

The 2004 season was less successful for Pedersen; he failed to record a win or a podium place. He finished in fifth place in the World Championship, well behind the two leaders Tony Rickardsson and Jason Crump. A second place in Slovenia was his best result during the 2005 Grand Prix season and he finished in fourth in the World Championship. Pedersen won the opening GP meeting of the 2006 season in Slovenia, but after that he fell behind championship leaders Rickardsson and Crump. He improved to finish third in the World Championship however, after a podium place in Latvia and a win in Poland.

Pedersen was dominant in 2007, winning four of the eleven Grand Prix, and finishing runner-up in two. He dropped only one point in the opening two rounds and had a run of six consecutive finals, which ended after an exclusion in the semi final in Great Britain. Pedersen won the penultimate Grand Prix in Slovenia and in doing so became the 2007 World Champion after accumulating an unassailable lead at the head of the standings. [6]

Speedway Grand Prix results

YearPositionPointsBest FinishNotes
2000 20th174thFourth placed as a wild card in Danish Grand Prix
2001 11th523rdThird in German Grand Prix
2002 12th73WinnerWon European Grand Prix
2003 1st152WinnerWon British Grand Prix
2004 5th1134th
2005 4th1022ndSecond in Slovenian Grand Prix
2006 3rd134WinnerWon Slovenian and Polish Grand Prix
2007 1st196WinnerWon in Italian, European, Czech Republic and Slovenian Grand Prix
2008 1st174WinnerWon in Czech Republic Grand Prix
2009 6th110WinnerWon in Polish Grand Prix
2010 10th915th
2011 10th89WinnerWon European Grand Prix
2012 2nd152WinnerWon Czech Republic and Croatian Grand Prix
2013 5th1213rdThird in New Zealand, Swedish and Czech Republic Grand Prix
2014 3rd1342ndSecond in New Zealand and Latvian Grand Prix
2015 3rd131WinnerWon Finnish, Swedish and Third Polish Grand Prix
2007 Speedway Grand Prix Final Championship standings
(Riding No 3)
Race no.Grand PrixPos.Pts.HeatsDraw No
1 /11 Flag of Italy.svg Italian SGP 124(3,3,3,3,3) +3 +613
2 /11 Flag of Europe.svg European SGP 123(3,2,3,3,3) +3 +63
3 /11 Flag of Sweden.svg Swedish SGP 411(0,3,3,X,3) +2 +09
4 /11 Flag of Denmark.svg Danish SGP 216(T,3,3,1,2) +3 +46
5 /11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British SGP 612(2,3,2,3,2) +X9
6 /11 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Rep. SGP 124(3,3,3,3,3) +3 +67
7 /11 Flag of Sweden.svg Scandinavian SGP 516(3,3,3,3,3) +112
8 /11 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvian SGP 219(3,3,1,3,2) +3 +411
9 /11 Flag of Poland.svg Polish SGP 319(2,3,3,3,3) +3 +216
10 /11 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenian SGP 123(3,2,3,3,3) +3 +614
11 /11 Flag of Germany.svg German SGP 89(1,1,1,3,3) +E7
2008 Speedway Grand Prix Final Championship standings
(Riding No 1)
Race no.Grand PrixPos.Pts.HeatsDraw No
1 /11 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenian SGP 217(3,2,3,1,1) +3 +411
2 /11 Flag of Europe.svg European SGP 316(3,2,1,3,3) +2 +23
3 /11 Flag of Sweden.svg Swedish SGP 316(2,1,3,3,2) +3 +27
4 /11 Flag of Denmark.svg Danish SGP 220(3,3,3,2,3) +2 +413
5 /11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British SGP 311(2,1,2,0,3) +3 +f10
6 /11 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Rep. SGP 122(3,2,3,3,3) +2 +610
7 /11 Flag of Sweden.svg Scandinavian SGP 314(2,2,0,3,3) +2 +214
8 /11 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvian SGP 218(2,3,3,3,0) +2 +41
9 /11 Flag of Poland.svg Polish SGP 221(3,3,2,3,3) +2 +410
10 /11 Flag of Italy.svg Italian SGP 116(1,x,3,0,2)8
11 /11 Flag of Germany.svg German SGP 513(3,3,1,2,3) +17
 permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
 rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

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2011 Speedway Grand Prix riders
1 Flag of Poland.svg Gollob 2 Flag of Poland.svg Hampel 3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Crump 4 Flag of Poland.svg Holta 5 Flag of the United States.svg Hancock
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harris 7 Flag of Denmark.svg Bjerre 8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Holder 9 Flag of Sweden.svg Jonsson 10 Flag of Denmark.svg Pedersen
11 Flag of Sweden.svg Lindgren 12 Flag of Russia.svg Sayfutdinov 13 Flag of Russia.svg Laguta 14 Flag of Sweden.svg Lindbäck 15 Flag of Poland.svg Kołodziej