Jimmy Nilsen

Jimmy Nilsen (born 16 November 1966) is a former international motorcycle speedway rider from Sweden.[1]

Jimmy Nilsen
Born (1966-11-16) 16 November 1966 (age 53)
Sweden
Nationality Sweden
Current club information
Career statusRetired
Career history
Sweden
1982-1995Getingarna/Stockholm United
1996-Rospiggarna
Great Britain
1985–1990, 1992, 1996–1998Swindon Robins
1991Berwick Bandits
1993–1994Bradford Dukes
1995, 2000Oxford Cheetahs
1999, 2001Belle Vue Aces
Poland
1991–1992ZKŻ Zielona Góra
1994, 1996Polonia Piła
1995GKM Grudziądz
1997–1999Start Gniezno
2000WTS Wrocław
Individual honours
1984Swedish Under-21 Champion
1990Jack Young Memorial Cup winner
1996Swedish Champion
1996Swedish Final winner
1996Nordic Champion
1996Intercontinental Champion
Team honours
1982, 1983, 1985, 1989Elitserien Champion
1991Polish Team Championship
1991Inter-Nations Championship
1993British League Knockout Cup

CareerEdit

Jimmy Nilsen was Swedish Champion in 1996 after finishing 3rd in 1994. Nilsen also rode in five World Finals as well as representing Sweden in Test Matches, World Pairs (best finish 2nd in 1989 with Per Jonsson) and World Team Cup (finishing 2nd in 1991, 1992 and 1998). He also helped Sweden to 3rd place in the 2001 World Cup Final in Wrocław, Poland.[2]

After finishing second to Per Jonsson at the 1985 European (World) Under-21 Championship Final in Abensberg, West Germany, Nilsen impressed when as a 19-year he finished what would be a career best 4th in the 1986 World Final (his first World Final appearance) at the Silesian Stadium in Katowice, Poland, a placing he would repeat in the 2 day 1987 World Final at the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium in the Netherlands. He would appear in another three World Finals, finishing 5th in 1990 in Bradford, England (won by Jonsson), 5th in 1991 at Ullevi in Göteborg, and 7th in 1992 at the Olympic Stadium in Wrocław, Poland.

Nilsen later qualified for the Speedway Grand Prix in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, finishing a career best 2nd in 1998 behind countryman Tony Rickardsson.

In 1990 after appearing in a "Rest of the World" team in a test against Australia at the North Arm Speedway in Adelaide, South Australia, Nilsen won the inaugural running of the Jack Young Memorial Cup named in honour of the Adelaide rider who had won the World Final in 1951 and 1952. A year later he returned to Australia as part of the touring Swedish team that defeated Australia 3-2 in a 5 match test series.

World Final AppearancesEdit

Individual World ChampionshipEdit

World Pairs ChampionshipEdit

World Team CupEdit

World CupEdit

Individual Under-21 World ChampionshipEdit

Speedway Grand Prix resultsEdit

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1997 8th 71 3rd Third in British Grand Prix
1998 2nd 99 2nd Second in German and British Grand Prix
1999 4th 73 2nd Second in Swedish and Polish Grand Prix
2000 11th 42 5th
2001 21st 20 7th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ International Speedway: Denmark v Sweden, accessed 2010-07-10
  2. ^ Speedway.org: 1996, accessed 2010-07-10