Richard Hall (speedway rider)

Richard James Hall (born 23 August 1984) is an English motorcycle speedway rider who rides in the British Premier League.[1] Hall moved from the Elite League team Peterborough Panthers at the end of the 2007 season to captain the Scunthorpe Scorpions in their first season in the Premier League in 2008.

Richard Hall
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Born (1984-08-23) 23 August 1984 (age 37)
Northallerton, England
Nationality England
Career history
2002Newcastle Diamonds
2003–2005, 2009–2010, 2012–2013, 2016Sheffield Tigers
2006–2007, 2014, 2016Peterborough Panthers
2007Västervik (SWE)
2008, 2011Scunthorpe Scorpions
2008TŻ Lublin (POL)
2009MKŻ Lublin (POL
2011Leicester Lions
2014, 2017Redcar Bears
2015Berwick Bandits
2017Cradley Heathens
Team honours
2001Premier League Champion
2006Elite League Champion
2015World Longtrack Team Champion

CareerEdit

Born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, Hall began his career with the Newcastle Diamonds, making his debut in the Premier League in 2001, before making his Conference League debut in 2002. Hall rode in the Premier League for Newcastle in 2002, recording an average of 1.52,[citation needed] but managed an average of 7.49 in the Conference League with the Newcastle Gems. Hall spent 2003 without a Premier League ride but he was ever present for Sheffield Tigers in the Conference League, averaging 8.46 a meeting. He also rode five matches for the Boston Barracudas in the Conference Trophy, and eight matches for the Coventry Bees in the British League Cup.

His good form saw him earn a place in the Sheffield Tigers team for 2004, where he averaged 5.55 from 47 meetings. He averaged over five once again in 2005 but in a surprise move he was signed by the Peterborough Panthers for 2006 to ride in the Elite League. In 2006, Hall recorded a 4.54 average and the Panthers won the Elite League Championship with Hall playing a vital role in the second leg of the play-off final. He returned to the Panthers in 2007 but his season was cut short after receiving a fractured pelvis and broken ankle in the Garry Stead Benefit Meeting at Sheffield, a few days after being dropped by the Panthers. In 2008, Hall rode for the Scunthorpe Scorpions in the Premier League. He signed for Sheffield for the 2009 season. In 2011 he joined Leicester Lions as team captain, although he was released mid-season, rejoining Scunthorpe Scorpions. In 2012 he signed for the Sheffield Tigers. In 2014, Hall started the season with Redcar but received a 30-day ban for kicking Scunthorpe's Josh Auty, and was replaced by Poland's Rafal Konopka. Hall sat out of British speedway until a brief, unsuccessful spell with the Peterborough Panthers later that year.

World Longtrack ChampionshipEdit

Grand-Prix Years

2004 - 3pts, 25th Overall (1 gp app)

2009 - 39pts, 12th Overall (5 gp app)

2011 - 50pts, 14th Overall (6 gp app)

2013 - 96pts, 3rd Overall (6 gp app)

2014 - 65pts, 4th Overall (4 gp app)

2015 - 44pts, 8th Overall (4 gp app)

2016 - 61pts, 6th Overall (5gp app)


Best Grand-Prix Results

First

  Marmande 2013

  Morizes 2014

Second

  Vetcha 2015


Challenge Best

2008   Aduard Third

2010   Forssa Third

World Longtrack Team ChampionshipEdit

2008   Werlte Third

2009   Eenrum Fourth

2010   Morizes Fourth

2012   St. Macaire Second

2013   Folkestone Third

2014   Forssa Fifth

2015   Mühldorf First

2016   Marianske Lazne Fourth

European Grasstrack ChampionshipEdit

Finalist

2009   Berghaupten 5th (12pts)

2011   Skegness 9th (15pts)

2012   Eenrum 10th (12pts)

Other HonoursEdit

  • British Junior Sand Racing Champion,
  • British Intermediate Sand Racing Champion – 2 times holder
  • ACU National Grasstrack Challenge Champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6

Website ReferenceEdit

http://grasstrackgb.co.uk/