Erik Riss (born 13 September 1995) is a German speedway and grasstrack rider, who won the World Longtrack Championship in 2014 and 2016, and was German speedway champion in 2016.[1]

Erik Riss
Born (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 26)
Memmingen, Germany
NationalityGerman
Websitewww.teamriss.de
Current club information
British leagueKing's Lynn Stars
Birmingham Brummies
Career history
2015–2018Edinburgh Monarchs
2017Leicester Lions
2018–King's Lynn Stars
2019Redcar Bears
2021–Birmingham Brummies
Individual honours
2014German Longtrack Champion
2014, 2016World Longtrack Champion
2014World Longtrack Team Champion
2016German Speedway Champion
2019Championship Riders Title
Team honours
2015Premier League Cup
2015Premier League Fours
2015Premier League

CareerEdit

Born in Memmingen, Germany, the son of former rider Gerd Riss and younger brother of Mark Riss,[1] Erik Riss began his speedway career in 2012 and rode in his home country for Automobilclub Landshut from 2013, also riding in Germany for MSV Herxheim and AMC Memmingen. He currently rides for the Redcar Bears, having signed for them in the 2019 season to ride in the SGB Championship.

He first had success in long track, winning the German championship in 2014. Later that year, at 19, he became the youngest rider ever to win the world championship.[2][3][4] In the same year, he was part of the German teams that won the World Longtrack Team Championship and finished fourth in the European Junior Team Championship.[5][6]

In 2015, he began his British speedway career in the Premier League with Edinburgh Monarchs,[3] with whom he won the League Cup, Premier League Four-Team Championship, and the Premier League title.[1] In 2016 he won the German Championship and won the World Longtrack Championship for a second time, scoring a 7-ride maximum in the final round in Vechta,[7] and finished in 8th place in the Under-21 World Speedway Championship.[8] While continuing to ride for the Monarchs in the Premier League and then in the newly formed SGB Championship, in 2017 he also signed to ride for Leicester Lions in the SGB Premiership,[9] and was selected to ride for Germany in the 2017 Speedway Best Pairs Championship.[10] In 2019, he signed for Redcar Bears.[11] On 1 September 2019, Riss won his first Championship Riders' title at Sheffield after qualifying for the semi-final on 12 points. He won the semi-final and then went on to win the final.[12][13] He rounded off 2019 by finishing third in the Jason Crump Classic at Kurri Kurri in Australia.[14]

Speedway German ChampionshipEdit

British Speedway Championship LeagueEdit

World Longtrack ChampionshipEdit

Overall standingsEdit

  • 2013 - 1 apps (25th) 4pts
  • 2014 - 4 apps (First) 77pts
  • 2015 - 4 apps (Second) 68pts
  • 2016 - 5 apps (First) 122pts

Best resultsEdit

Team ChampionshipEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "2017 Rider Index", speedwaygb.co. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  2. ^ Cholewiński, Jacek (2014) "Erik Riss najmłodszym w historii mistrzem świata na długim torze!", sportowefakty.wp.pl, 28 September 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  3. ^ a b Kinvig, David (2014) "Bliss for Erik Riss after signing for Monarchs", Edinburgh Evening News, 23 December 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  4. ^ "Erik Riss Takes the Title", fim-live.com, 30 September 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  5. ^ Cholewiński, Jacek (2014) "Long track: Niemcy po raz siódmy z tytułem drużynowych mistrzów świata", sportowefakty.wp.pl, 24 August 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  6. ^ Gałęzewski, Michael (2014) "Bezapelacyjne zwycięstwo biało-czerwonych - finał DMEJ w Herxheim (relacja)", sportowefakty.wp.pl, 28 June 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  7. ^ "Erik Riss", fim-gala.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  8. ^ "Erik Riss", speedwayu21.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  9. ^ "New boy Erik Riss is happy to sign for Leicester Lions[permanent dead link]", Leicester Mercury, 16 February 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  10. ^ "MŁODZI NIEMCY SPRÓBUJĄ POWALCZYĆ Z NAJLEPSZYMI", przegladsportowy.pl, 13 February 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017
  11. ^ "Bears make three changes".
  12. ^ "Erik Riss wins Championship Riders title!".
  13. ^ "RISS MAKES REDCAR HISTORY - Speedway Star : Weekly Speedway Magazine and Xtra".
  14. ^ "Jack Holder wins Jason Crump Cup thriller". 27 December 2019.

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