2002 Speedway Grand Prix

The 2002 Speedway Grand Prix season is the eighth season in the Speedway Grand Prix era and is used to determine the Speedway World Champion.

2002 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
DatesMay 11 - October 26
Events10
Cities10
Countries8
Riders22 permanents
2 wild card(s)
Heats250 (in 10 events)
Winners
Champion SWE Tony Rickardsson
Runner-up AUS Jason Crump
3rd place AUS Ryan Sullivan

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 - there was no consolation final. The 4 finalists scored 25, 20, 18 and 16 points, with 5th and 6th place getting 13, 7th and 8th 11, 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.

Qualification for Grand PrixEdit

The 2002 season had 22 permanent riders and two wild cards at each event. The permanent riders are highlighted in the results table below.

2002 Event Schedule and WinnersEdit

Calendar

Date Grand Prix Winner
May 11 Hamar, Norway Tony Rickardsson   results
May 25 Bydgoszcz, Poland Tomasz Gollob   results
June 8 Cardiff, Great Britain Ryan Sullivan   results
June 22 Krško, Slovenia Ryan Sullivan   results
July 6 Stockholm, Sweden Tony Rickardsson   results
July 20 Prague, Czech Republic Jason Crump   results
August 31 Gothenburg, Sweden Leigh Adams   results
September 14 Chorzów, Poland Nicki Pedersen   results
September 28 Vojens, Denmark Tony Rickardsson   results
October 26 Sydney, Australia Greg Hancock   results

Final 2002 standings

Pos. Rider Name Pts
1 Tony Rickardsson   181 (25,20,13,13,25,16,20,16,25,8)
2 Jason Crump   162 (16,16,11,11,16,25,13,20,16,18)
3 Ryan Sullivan   158 (20,13,25,25,11,18,11,11,13,11)
4 Leigh Adams   127 (13,13,16,13,13,11,25,11,7,5)
5 Mikael Karlsson   122 (18,7,18,11,11,7,13,18,6,13)
6 Greg Hancock   122 (8,4,4,8,18,20,16,6,13,25)
7 Tomasz Gollob   117 (7,25,11,20,8,8,5,5,20,8)
8 Mark Loram   97 (8,18,8,18,13,13,6,7,5,1)
9 Billy Hamill   95 (11,11,7,7,7,13,6,8,18,7)
10 Lukáš Dryml   95 (5,1,6,7,20,11,18,8,8,11)
11 Rune Holta   80 (1,11,5,5,6,7,11,7,11,16)
12 Nicki Pedersen   73 (2,4,2,5,4,6,8,25,11,6)
13 Scott Nicholls   72 (3,5,8,4,-,4,7,13,8,20)
14 Andreas Jonsson   70 (3,8,7,16,7,5,4,3,4,13)
15 Todd Wiltshire   63 (11,8,20,6,1,2,7,2,2,4)
16 Krzysztof Cegielski   55 (4,3,1,8,6,8,8,13,-,4)
17 Sebastian Ułamek   39 (2,6,5,4,3,3,2,5,4,5)
18 Niklas Klingberg   37 (5,3,3,3,5,3,4,6,3,2)
19 Carl Stonehewer   30 (13,5,2,1,2,4,3,-,-,-)
20 Andy Smith   29 (4,6,4,6,2,2,1,2,1,1)
21 Grzegorz Walasek   25 (7,2,3,3,5,5,-,-,-,-)
22 Matej Ferjan   22 (1,1,1,2,1,6,1,1,2,6)
23 Peter Karlsson   21 (-,-,-,-,8,-,5,3,5,-)
24 Piotr Protasiewicz   18 (-,7,-,-,4,-,-,1,6,-)
25 Lee Richardson   17 (-,-,13,-,-,-,-,4,-,-)
26 Bjarne Pedersen   10 (-,-,-,-,-,-,3,-,7,-)
27 Steve Johnston   7 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,7)
28 Lars Gunnestad   6 (6,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-)
29 Joe Screen   6 (-,-,6,-,-,-,-,-,-,-)
30 Jarosław Hampel   6 (-,2,-,-,-,-,-,4,-,-)
31 Kaj Laukkanen   6 (6,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-)
32 Freddie Eriksson   3 (-,-,-,-,3,-,-,-,-,-)
33 Bohumil Brhel   3 (-,-,-,-,-,1,-,-,-,2)
34 Mick Poole   3 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,3)
35 Jason Lyons   3 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,3)
36 Ronni Pedersen   3 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,3,-)
37 Sándor Tihanyi   2 (-,-,-,2,-,-,-,-,-,-)
38 David Ruud   2 (-,-,-,-,-,-,2,-,-,-)
39 Izak Šantej   1 (-,-,-,1,-,-,-,-,-,-)
40 Hans Andersen   1 (-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,1,-)
41 Aleš Dryml   1 (-,-,-,-,-,1,-,-,-,-)

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