Speedway Under-21 World Championship

The Speedway Under-21 World Championship is an annual speedway event held each year organized by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) since 1977.[1][2][3][4]

Speedway Under-21 World Championship
Sportmotorcycle speedway
Founded1977
No. of teams14 riders
Most recent
champion(s)
 POL Mateusz Cierniak
Most titles2 titles:
 AUS Darcy Ward
 RUS Emil Sayfutdinov
 POL Maksym Drabik
 POL Mateusz Cierniak
Related
competitions
Team Championship

As of 2022, the title was awarded to the winner of the SGP2 category at the FIM Speedway World Championship.[5]

History edit

Between 1977 and 1987 the Championship was the called Individual Speedway Junior European Championship (European Speedway Under 21 Championship), open only to European riders. In 1979, the Championship allowed riders from other continents to compete, but was renamed to the Speedway World Under 21 Championship in 1988. A new competition was named Individual Speedway Junior European Championship was founded by the European Motorcycle Union (UEM) in 1998, only open to European competitors.

Originally it was called the European Under-21 Championship (from 1977-1987) but changed its name in 1988 when it was made open to all nations.[6][7] To confuse matters a new European Individual Speedway Junior Championship was created in 1998 by the European Motorcycle Union (UEM) but this is not linked to former European Under-21 Championship.

Emil Sayfutdinov (2007 and 2008) was the first ever double world champion. He has since been joined by Darcy Ward (2009 and 2010), Maksym Drabik (2017 and 2019) and Mateusz Cierniak (2022 and 2023).

Age limits edit

The minimum age of a rider to compete is 16 years of age (starting on the date of the rider's birthday). The maximum age is 21 years of age (finishing at the end of the year in which the rider celebrates his 21st birthday).

World Champions edit

The following World Junior champions went on to win the Speedway World Championship.

Past winners edit

European Championship (1977-1987) edit

Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
1977   Vojens   Alf Busk (9 pts)   Joe Owen (8 pts)   Les Collins (7 pts)
1978   Lonigo   Finn Rune Jensen (13 pts)   Kevin Jolly (12+3 pts)   Neil Middleditch (12+2 pts)
1979   Leningrad   Ron Preston (13 pts)   Airat Faizulin (12 pts)   Ari Koponen (11+3 pts)
1980   Pocking   Tommy Knudsen (14 pts)   Tony Briggs (12 pts)   Dennis Sigalos (11+3 pts)
1981   Slaný   Shawn Moran (15 pts)   Antonín Kasper Jr. (14 pts)   Jiří Hnidak (13 pts)
1982   Pocking   Antonín Kasper Jr. (14 pts)   Mark Courtney (12+3 pts)   Peter Ravn (12+2 pts)
1983   Lonigo   Steve Baker (13 pts)   David Bargh (12 pts)   Marvyn Cox (11 pts)
1984   King's Lynn   Marvyn Cox (12 pts)   Neil Evitts (11+3 pts)   Steve Lucero (11+2 pts)
1985   Abensberg   Per Jonsson (15 pts)   Jimmy Nilsen (13 pts)   Ole Hansen (11+3pts)
1986   Rivne   Igor Marko (13 pts)   Tony Olsson (12 pts)   Brian Karger (11 pts)
1987   Zielona Góra   Gary Havelock (13 pts)   Piotr Świst (12+3 pts)   Sean Wilson (12+2 pts)

World Championship (since 1988) edit

One-day final (1988–2009) edit

Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
1988   Slaný   Peter Nahlin (14 pts)   Henrik Gustafsson (11+3 pts)   Brian Karger (11+2 pts)
1989   Lonigo   Gert Handberg (13+3 pts)   Chris Louis (13+2 pts)   Niklas Karlsson (12 pts)
1990   Lviv   Chris Louis (14 pts)   Rene Aas (13 pts)   Tony Rickardsson (10+3 pts)
1991   Coventry   Brian Andersen (14+3 pts)   Morten Andersen (14+2 pts)   Jason Lyons (11 pts)
1992   Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm   Leigh Adams (14+3 pts)   Mark Loram (14+2 pts)   Joe Screen (13 pts)
1993   Pardubice   Joe Screen (14+3 pts)   Mikael Karlsson (14+2 pts)   Rune Holta (10+3 pts)
1994   Elgane   Mikael Karlsson (14+3 pts)   Rune Holta (14+2 pts)   Jason Crump (12+3 pts)
1995   Tampere   Jason Crump (13+3 pts)   Daniel Andersson (13+F pts)   Ryan Sullivan (12+3 pts)
1996   Olching   Piotr Protasiewicz (15 pts)   Ryan Sullivan (11+3 pts)   Jesper B. Jensen (11+2 pts)
1997   Mšeno   Jesper B. Jensen (14 pts)   Rafał Dobrucki (11+3 pts)   Scott Nicholls (11+2 pts)
1998   Piła   Robert Dados (14+3 pts)   Krzysztof Jabłoński (14+2 pts)   Matej Ferjan (12 pts)
1999   Vojens   Lee Richardson (13 pts)   Aleš Dryml, Jr. (11 pts)   Nigel Sadler (10+3+2 pts)
2000   Gorzów Wlkp.   Andreas Jonsson (14 pts)   Krzysztof Cegielski (11+3 pts)   Jarosław Hampel (11+2 pts)
2001   Peterborough   Dawid Kujawa (12 pts)   Lukáš Dryml (11 pts)   Rafał Okoniewski (10+3 pts)
2002   Slaný   Lukáš Dryml (14+3 pts)   Krzysztof Kasprzak (14+2 pts)   David Howe (12 pts)
2003   Kumla   Jarosław Hampel (14 pts)   Chris Harris (13 pts)   Rafał Szombierski (11+3 pts)
2004   Wrocław   Robert Miśkowiak (12 pts +2 +2)   Kenneth Bjerre (8 pts +3 +2)   Matej Žagar (8 pts +2 +1)
2005   Wiener Neustadt   Krzysztof Kasprzak (8 pts)   Tomáš Suchánek (8 pts)   Fredrik Lindgren (7 pts)
2006   Terenzano   Karol Ząbik (13 pts +3)   Antonio Lindbäck (12 pts +2)   Christian Hefenbrock (12 pts +1)
2007   Ostrów Wlkp.   Emil Sayfutdinov (15 pts)   Chris Holder (14 pts)   Paweł Hlib (12 pts)
2008   Pardubice   Emil Sayfutdinov (14 pts)   Chris Holder (12+3 pts)   Jurica Pavlic (12+2 pts)
2009   Goričan   Darcy Ward (13 pts)   Jurica Pavlic (12+3 pts)   Patrick Hougaard (12+2 pts)

Final series (since 2010–2021) edit

Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
2010 three events   Darcy Ward (30+3 pts)   Maciej Janowski (30+2 pts)   Maksims Bogdanovs (30+1 pts)
2011 four events   Maciej Janowski (50 pts)   Darcy Ward (46+3 pts)   Przemysław Pawlicki (46+2 pts)
2012 seven events   Michael Jepsen Jensen (90 pts)   Maciej Janowski (89 pts)   Mikkel Bech Jensen (75 pts)
2013 three events   Patryk Dudek (35 pts)   Piotr Pawlicki Jr. (34 pts)   Kacper Gomólski (29 pts)
2014 three events   Piotr Pawlicki Jr. (42 pts)   Kacper Gomolski (36 pts)   Mikkel Michelsen (33 pts)
2015 three events   Bartosz Zmarzlik (39 pts)   Anders Thomsen (34 pts)   Mikkel Michelsen (34 pts)
2016 three events   Max Fricke (46 pts)   Krystian Pieszczek (40 pts)   Robert Lambert (37+3 pts)
2017 three events   Maksym Drabik (49 pts)   Bartosz Smektała (42 pts)   Max Fricke (41 pts)
2018 three events   Bartosz Smektała (56 pts)   Maksym Drabik (54 pts)   Robert Lambert (46 pts)
2019 three events   Maksym Drabik (49 pts)   Bartosz Smektała (45+3 pts)   Dominik Kubera (45+2 pts)
2020 one event   Jaimon Lidsey (20 pts)   Dominik Kubera (16 pts)   Oļegs Mihailovs (14 pts)
2021 three events   Jakub Miśkowiak (58 pts)   Mads Hansen (54 pts)   Wiktor Lampart (40 pts)

SGP2 (2022–) edit

Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
2022 three events   Mateusz Cierniak (56 pts)   Jan Kvěch (39 pts)   Jakub Miśkowiak (38 pts)
2023 three events   Mateusz Cierniak (49 pts)   Damian Ratajczak (45 pts)   Bartłomiej Kowalski (42 pts)

Medal winners per nation edit

 
2007 and 2008 Under-21 World Champion Emil Sayfutdinov (photo 2008).
Pos National Team       Total
1.   Poland 17 15 10 42
2.   Australia 7 4 5 16
3.   Denmark 7 4 9 20
4.   Great Britain 5 7 9 21
5.   Sweden 4 6 3 13
6.   Soviet Union
  Russia
3 2 0 5
7.   Czechoslovakia
  Czech Republic
2 5 1 8
8.   United States 2 0 2 4
9.   New Zealand 0 2 0 2
10.   Croatia 0 1 1 2
  Norway 0 1 1 2
12.   Slovenia 0 0 2 2
  Latvia 0 0 2 2
14.   Finland 0 0 1 1
  Germany 0 0 1 1

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Individual Junior World Championship". Speedway History. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  2. ^ "European Under 21 Championship 1977-1987". Edinburgh Speedway. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  3. ^ Oakes, Peter (1981). 1981 Speedway Yearbook. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. p. 31. ISBN 0-86215-017-5.
  4. ^ Bott, Richard (1980). The Peter Collins Speedway Book No.4. Stanley Paul & Co Ltd. p. 102. ISBN 0-09-141751-1.
  5. ^ "FIM and Discovery to combine all Speedway series from 2022".
  6. ^ "World Under 21 Championship". Edinburgh Speedway. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Speedway riders, history and results". wwosbackup. Retrieved 15 July 2021.