Mikael Max

Karl Mikael Karlsson (born 21 August 1973 in Gullspång, Sweden),[1] who rides under the name Mikael Max, is an international motorcycle speedway rider who rode in the UK for the Wolverhampton Wolves in the Elite League.

Mikael Max
Born (1973-08-21) 21 August 1973 (age 46)
Gullspång, Sweden
Nationality Sweden
WebsiteOfficial Website
Current club information
Polish leagueKM Ostrów Wielkopolski
Swedish leagueDackarna , Västervik Speedway
Career history
1989-1998Örnarna (SWE)
1993-1994, 1996-1999, 2001-2005Wolverhampton Wolves
1995Piła (POL)
1999-2002Valsarna (SWE)
2000-2002Rybnik (POL)
2003Warsaw (POL)
2003-2005Luxo Stars (SWE)
2005Rzeszów (POL)
2006-Ostrów Wlkp. (POL)
2006-2008Piraterna (SWE)
2006Arena Essex
2015Dackarna (SWE)
Individual honours
1994World Under-21 Cha-mpion
1992Swedish Under-21 Champion
Team honours
1994, 2000, 2003, 2004Speedway World Cup
1996Premier League
1996Elite League KO Cup Winner
1997Premiership Winner
2002Elite League
2005Polish Div Two Champion
1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999Swedish Elitserien Champion
1992, 1996, 2002, 2003Swedish Pairs Champion

After first riding a speedway bike at the age of twelve, he moved up to 500cc bikes in 1989.[2] He represented Sweden at under-21 level in 1990, and made his full debut for Sweden in 1991.[2] He won the Swedish Under-21 Championship in 1992 and the World Under-21 Championship in 1994.[2] He made his British speedway debut in 1993 for Wolverhampton Wolves, going on to ride for the club until 2005, only missing the 1995 and 2000 seasons. In 2006 he rode for the Arena Essex Hammers. Max is his mother's maiden name and he has raced as Mikael Max since 2003.[2]

His two brothers, Peter Karlsson and Magnus Karlsson, are both motorcycle speedway riders.[2] All three brothers represented Sweden in the 2007 Speedway World Cup, with Magnus riding at reserve.

He won the Swedish Pairs Championship four times, twice with brother Peter, in 1992 and 1996, with Stefan Dannö in 2002 and with Stefan Andersson in 2003.

Speedway Grand Prix resultsEdit

  permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
  rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)
Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1996 23rd 0 - Reserve in Swedish Grand Prix (did not ride)
1997 16th 14 8th 8th in Great Britain Grand Prix. Reserve in three others.
1999 14th 45 9th
2000 13th 39 7th
2001 7th 59 2nd 2nd in Sweden Grand Prix. 3rd in Poland Grand Prix.
2002 5th 122 3rd 3rd in Norway Grand Prix. 3rd in Great Britain Grand Prix.
2003 13th 52 5th
2004 16th 49 9th
2005 28th 0 17th Reserve at Sweden Grand Prix

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ a b c d e Oakes, Peter (2004) British Speedway Who's Who, ISBN 0-948882-81-6, p. 150

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