Speedway World Cup

Last updated
FIM Speedway World Cup
Sport Motorcycle speedway
Founded2001
Ceased2017
Director Phil Morris
MottoNo brakes, no gears, no fear
No. of teams9 national teams
Continent World
Last
champion(s)
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (2017)
Most titlesFlag of Poland.svg  Poland (8 times)
TV partner(s) BT Sport (UK)
Related
competitions
Speedway Grand Prix
Official website Website

The Speedway World Cup was an annual speedway event held each year in different countries. The first edition of the competition in the current format was held in 2001 and replaced the old World Team Cup competition which was amalgamated with the World Pairs Championship. The last edition was in 2017. Since 2018, the World Cup has been replaced by the new Speedway of Nations, which effectively brings back the pairs format.

Motorcycle speedway motorcycle sport

Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines which use only one gear and have no brakes; racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock. Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).

The Speedway World Team Cup was an annual speedway event held each year in different countries. The competition started in 1960 and was replaced with the Speedway World Cup in 2001.

The Speedway World Pairs Championship was an annual speedway (motorcycling) event held each year in different countries. The first competition was held in 1968 and the final competition was held in 1993. From 1994 it was merged with the World Team Cup to create the Speedway World Cup, which held its final edition in 2017.

Contents

Format

Race format
GateA
(inside)
B
 
C
 
D
(outside)
Heat NoRiders starting No
11111
22222
33333
44444
55555
65341
71452
82351
94312
102345
113124
123425
135134
141542
155213
161235
172341
182345
194531
201524
212415
221253
234123
243452
254315

The final tournament usually lasted for about a week with four meetings held in six or seven days. It started with two first round "events", each consisting of four national teams. The winners of these events qualified automatically for the final, while those who finished second and third competed in the race-off. Last place finishers were eliminated. The top two in the race-off joined the event winners in the final. The winners of the final carried home the Ove Fundin Trophy, named after one of the all-time greats of speedway who won the world championship five times.

Ove Fundin is a Swedish former speedway rider who won the Speedway World Championship Final five times, a record bettered only by Ivan Mauger and fellow Swede Tony Rickardsson who each won six World Championships. He finished runner-up in the championship 3 times (1957–59) and was third in 1962, 1964 and 1965 meaning that from his first win in 1956 until his last in 1967, Ove Fundin did not finish lower than a podium place in a record eleven World Finals. He was known by the nickname of the "Flying Fox" or just "the Fox" because of his red hair.

The two events were held in different countries, normally in one of the countries that competed in that event. The race-off and the final was held in another country that did not host an event. For example, in the 2014 competition, Great Britain and Sweden hosted the two events, while Poland hosted both the race-off and final. From 2012 onwards the host nation were seeded direct to the final.

Great Britain island in the North Atlantic off the north-west coast of continental Europe

Great Britain is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe. With an area of 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi), it is the largest of the British Isles, the largest European island, and the ninth-largest island in the world. In 2011, Great Britain had a population of about 61 million people, making it the world's third-most populous island after Java in Indonesia and Honshu in Japan. The island of Ireland is situated to the west of Great Britain, and together these islands, along with over 1,000 smaller surrounding islands, form the British Isles archipelago.

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, formal name: the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund Strait. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. The capital city is Stockholm. Sweden has a total population of 10.3 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi) and the highest urban concentration is in the central and southern half of the country.

Poland Republic in Central Europe

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country located in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions, covering an area of 312,696 square kilometres (120,733 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. Poland's capital and largest metropolis is Warsaw. Other major cities include Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.

Rules

PlacePrize money
in US dollars
Gold medal icon.svg 25,000
Silver medal icon.svg 20,000
Bronze medal icon.svg 18,000
4th16,000
5th14,000
6th12,000
7th8,500
8th8,500

Each of the four meetings were competed between four national teams, and each national team were represented by four riders; there were no substitute rider:

Team A (helmet colour red).
Team B (blue).
Team C (white).
Team D (yellow/black).

The meetings lasted for 20 heats with one rider for each competing team racing in each heat. Each rider was scheduled to race in five heats and face each of the opposing nations' riders once during the meeting. Teams scored 3 points if their rider won a heat, 2 points if their rider finished second, 1 for a third-place finish, and none if their rider finished last or was excluded from a heat.

If a team fell six points behind the leader then they were allowed to make tactical substitutions, replacing a rider who is possibly out of form for one who is playing better in the hope of closing the gap on the leader. Each team was also allowed to play one "joker" if they fell six points behind the leader. With the joker, a team scored double the points their finishing position was usually worth, so if their rider finished first, they picked up six points instead of the normal three. This was a controversial rule[ citation needed ] but was implemented with the intention of keeping interest in meetings that may have been a foregone conclusion. No jokers were allowed to be used during heats 17-20 though a tactical substitute could still be used. The final four heats were nominated by their team managers. The lowest scoring team had first pick followed the team in third place, then the second place team, and finally the leading team.

Medal tables

By season

YearVenueWinnersRunner-up3rd place
2001 Flag of Poland.svg Wrocław Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (68 pts)Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (65 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (51 pts)
2002 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peterborough Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (64 pts)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (58 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (54 pts)
2003 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (62 pts)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (57 pts)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (53 pts)
2004 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Poole Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (49 pts)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (48 pts)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (32 pts)
2005 Flag of Poland.svg Wrocław Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (62 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (34 pts)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (31 pts)
2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reading Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (45 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (37 pts)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (36 pts)
2007 Flag of Poland.svg Leszno Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (55 pts)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (52 pts)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (29 pts)
2008 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (49 pts)Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (46 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (39 pts)
2009 Flag of Poland.svg Leszno Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (44 pts)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (43 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (36 pts)
2010 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (44 pts)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (39 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (35 pts)
2011 Flag of Poland.svg Gorzów Wielkopolski Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (51 pts)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (45 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (30 pts)
2012 Flag of Sweden.svg Målilla Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (39 pts)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (36 pts)Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (30 pts)
2013 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (41 pts)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (40 pts)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (34 pts)
2014 Flag of Poland.svg Bydgoszcz Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (38 pts)Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (37 pts)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (36 pts)
2015 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (34 pts)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (32 pts)Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (27 pts)
2016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (39 pts)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (32 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (30 pts)
2017 Flag of Poland.svg Leszno Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (50 pts)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (42 pts)Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (18 pts)
YearVenueWinnersRunner-up3rd place

Medal classification

PosNational TeamTotal Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg
1.Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 12831
2.Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 12453
3.Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 13337
4.Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 9243
5.Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 3-21
6.Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2--2

 

PosRiderTeamTotal Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg
1. Jarosław Hampel Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 862
2. Tomasz Gollob Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 752
3. Krzysztof Kasprzak Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 651
4. Nicki Pedersen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 11443
5. Niels Kristian Iversen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 10442
6. Andreas Jonsson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 11326
7. Piotr Protasiewicz Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 532
8. Rune Holta Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 431
9. Patryk Dudek Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 33
10. Jason Crump Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 7241

Champions

This is a complete list of speedway riders who won the Speedway World Cup. In total, 34 different riders from 4 national teams have a World Cup title. Bold indicates the most recent champions.

Six-time champion:

Jarosław Hampel Polish speedway rider

Jarosław "Jarek" Hampel is a Polish Speedway rider and a participant of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix in 2007 and 2010.

Five-time champion:

Tomasz Gollob Polish speedway rider

Tomasz Gollob is a Polish motorcycle speedway rider who has appeared in every Speedway Grand Prix series since its inaugural season in 1995. His brother Jacek is also a speedway rider.

Krzysztof Kasprzak Polish speedway rider

Krzysztof Kasprzak is an international speedway rider who became World Under-21 Champion in 2005. He is a son of former Polish national speedway team member Zenon Kasprzak. Brother Robert is also a speedway rider.

Four-time champions:

Three-time champions:

Two-time champions:

One-time champions:

Participating nations

Tomasz Gollob won the title five times as part of the Polish team. Gollob tomasz.jpg
Tomasz Gollob won the title five times as part of the Polish team.
Legend
Team 2001
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(12)
2002
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(12)
2003
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(12)
2004
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(8)
2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
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2012
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2013
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(9)
2014
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2015
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(9)
2016
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(9)
2017
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Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Silver medal icon.svg 444 Gold medal icon.svg 5 Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg 5 Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg 5 Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg 485 Gold medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 898766465 Bronze medal icon.svg 976 Bronze medal icon.svg
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 675 Silver medal icon.svg 4 Bronze medal icon.svg 455466745 Silver medal icon.svg 4
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg 554 Bronze medal icon.svg 4 Silver medal icon.svg 5 Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg 445
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia ••6896
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5667856677
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 4 Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg 6 Silver medal icon.svg 4 Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg 58
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 7566687887747889
Team 2001
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2005
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(8)
2006
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(8)
2007
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(8)
2008
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(8)
2009
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(8)
2010
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(8)
2011
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(8)
2012
Flag of Sweden.svg
(9)
2013
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
(9)
2014
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(9)
2015
Flag of Denmark.svg
(9)
2016
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(9)
2017
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(9)
Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1112108899
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1279
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 121197
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 10101188
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 987787
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria

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