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Lee Richardson (speedway rider)

Lee Stewart Richardson (25 April 1979 – 13 May 2012)[1] was a British international motorcycle speedway rider. Richardson represented Great Britain at senior and under-21 level and featured in several World Cup tournaments. Richardson was World Under 21 champion in 1999 and also won the Elite League Riders' Championship in 2003. He was also a fully fledged Grand Prix rider for four seasons from 2003 until 2006.[2] Richardson joined the Lakeside Hammers for the 2009 season. On 13 May 2012, Richardson died of internal bleeding in a Wrocław hospital following a collision with a safety fence during a Polish League match.[3]

Lee Richardson
Born(1979-04-25)25 April 1979
Hastings, England
Died13 May 2012(2012-05-13) (aged 33)
Wrocław, Poland
NicknameRico
Nationality England
Career history
1995, 1997-1999Reading Racers
1996, 1999Poole Pirates
1997, 2004Peterborough Panthers
1997King's Lynn Stars
2000-2003Coventry Bees
2005-2007Swindon Robins
2008
2009-2012
Eastbourne Eagles
Lakeside Hammers
Individual honours
1999World Under-21 Champion
2003Elite League Riders Champion
Team honours
1997Premier League Champion
1998Premier League KO Cup Champion
2005Elite League Pairs Champion
2008,2009Elite League KO Cup winner

FamilyEdit

Richardson's mother Julie was a presenter for ScreenSport Television. His father Colin is a former rider. His uncle Steve Weatherley, another rider, was paralysed in a crash with Vic Harding whilst racing in a meeting at the Hackney Wick Stadium (Harding later died in hospital).

Speedway Grand Prix resultsEdit

Year Position Points Best finish Notes
2000 31st 3 19th 1 wild card appearance
2002 25th 17 5th 2 wild card appearances. 5th in British Grand Prix
2003 16th 45 7th Missed 2 Grands Prix through injury
2004 11th 76 3rd 3rd in British Grand Prix
2005 13th 55 2nd 2nd in Polish Grand Prix
2006 15th 39 8th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1
  3. ^ "British speedway star dies after crash in Poland". Eurosport. 13 May 2012. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.