2001 Speedway Grand Prix

The 2001 Speedway Grand Prix season was the seventh season in the Speedway Grand Prix era and is used to determine the Speedway World Champion.

2001 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
DatesMay 5 – September 29
Events6
Cities6
Countries6
Riders22 permanents
2 wild card(s)
Heats144 (in 6 events)
Winners
Champion SWE Tony Rickardsson
Runner-up AUS Jason Crump
3rd place POL Tomasz Gollob

Event formatEdit

The system first used in 1998 continued to be adopted with 24 riders, divided into two classes. The eight best would be directly qualified for the "Main Event", while the sixteen others would be knocked out if they finished out of the top two in 4-man heats on two occasions – while they would go through if they finished inside the top two on two occasions. This resulted in 10 heats, where eight proceeded to the Main Event, where exactly the same system was applied to give eight riders to a semi-final.

The semi-finals were then two heats of four, where the top two qualified for a final and the last two going towards the consolation final. The 4 finalists scored 25, 20, 18 and 16 points, with 5th to 8th scoring 15, 14, 12 and 10-point, and after that 8, 8, 7, 7, etc. Places after 8th place were awarded according to the time a rider was knocked out and, secondly, according to position in the last heat he rode in.

QualificationEdit

The 2001 season had 22 permanent riders and two wild cards at each event. The permanent riders are highlighted in the results table below.

Joe Screen had also qualified as a permanent rider for the 2001 season however as a result of injury he did not take part in any Grand Prix. He was replaced by first reserve, Henrik Gustafsson.

CalendarEdit

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 May 5   Berlin , Germany
F. L. Jahn Stadium
  Tomasz Gollob   Henrik Gustafsson   Nicki Pedersen   Tony Rickardsson results
2 June 9   Cardiff , Great Britain
Millennium Stadium
  Tony Rickardsson   Jason Crump   Tomasz Gollob   Niklas Klingberg results
3 July 28   Vojens , Denmark
Speedway Center
  Tony Rickardsson   Jason Crump   Leigh Adams   Tomasz Gollob results
4 August 18   Prague , Czech Republic
Marketa Stadium
  Billy Hamill   Tony Rickardsson   Jason Crump   Tomasz Gollob results
5 September 8   Bydgoszcz , Poland
Polonia Stadium
  Jason Crump   Tony Rickardsson   Mikael Karlsson   Billy Hamill results
6 September 29   Stockholm , Sweden
Stockholms Stadion
  Jason Crump   Mikael Karlsson   Ryan Sullivan   Mark Loram results

Final standingsEdit

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos. Rider Points GER
 
GBR
 
DEN
 
CZE
 
POL
 
SWE
 
    (3) Tony Rickardsson 121 16 25 25 20 20 15
    (4) Jason Crump 113 5 20 20 18 25 25
    (7) Tomasz Gollob 89 25 18 16 16 8 6
4   (9) Ryan Sullivan 80 10 15 8 15 14 18
5   (6) Leigh Adams 69 12 8 18 10 7 14
6   (2) Billy Hamill 61 5 3 4 25 16 8
7   (15) Mikael Karlsson 59 2 2 12 5 18 20
8   (8) Todd Wiltshire 56 14 14 14 6 3 5
9   (1) Mark Loram 54 6 8 5 7 12 16
10   (21) Niklas Klingberg 54 4 16 15 8 4 7
11   (13) Nicki Pedersen 52 18 7 7 6 8 6
12   (12) Carl Stonehewer 46 7 5 4 12 6 12
13   (5) Greg Hancock 43 8 6 5 4 10 10
14   (14) Rune Holta 41 1 2 10 8 15 5
15   (11) Peter Karlsson 39 15 8 2 6 8
16   (26) Grzegorz Walasek 34 10 6 14 4
17   (25) Henrik Gustafsson 33 20 3 2 3 2 3
18   (19) Brian Andersen 23 8 5 3 4 1 2
19   (22) Matej Ferjan 21 7 7 1 2 3 1
20   (16) Piotr Protasiewicz 20 4 6 1 5 2 2
21   (17) Jimmy Nilsen 20 1 12 7
22   (20) Andy Smith 12 3 1 2 1 1 4
23   (23) (27) Antonín Kasper, Jr. 11 3 5 3
24   (24) Bohumil Brhel 7 7
25   (24) Jarosław Hampel 7 7
26   (24) Andreas Jonsson 7 7
27   (10) Chris Louis 6 3 1 1 1
28   (23) Robert Barth 6 6
29   (23) Hans Clausen 6 6
30   (23) Krzysztof Cegielski 5 5
31   (23) Martin Dugard 4 4
32   (23) Stefan Andersson 4 4
33   (24) Scott Nicholls 4 4
34   (24) Jesper B. Jensen 3 3
35   (24) Mirko Wolter 2 2
Rider(s) not classified
  (18) Joe Screen
Pos. Rider Points GER
 
GBR
 
DEN
 
CZE
 
POL
 
SWE
 

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