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Too many down the years to name one

 

Keith Millard,  John Barker, Richard Green, Steve Regeling, Chris Harris, Emil Saifutdinov, Hans Niellson, Sam Ermelenko, Phil Crump, Mark Loram  to name a few

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9 hours ago, The Doctor... said:

 

Per Jonsson - He helped my voice break at Bradford 1990 and i love him for that too. Top top rider and it still sickens me how his career ended.

 

Don’t remind me - I drew Zoltán Adorján in the sweepstake. :( Per was a class act. 

Although it’s Hans Nielsen for me.

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Tony Rickardsson the greatest rider ever, and a lovely man to boot.

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9 hours ago, HenryW said:

I forgot about Sam being out that year too...
There were a few years there in the late 80's and early 90's where properly serious injuries cut the depth of the challengers in the World Championships. Some serious "what if" chat could be had around those years!
Erik, Sam, Tommy, JanO, Per and Todd...and there are probably others that I am forgetting.

Wasn't Jan O another who missed the 90 World Final with injury?

Was that the year he broke his arm go karting, or am I getting muddled.

Knudsen obvs was missing that year too.

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4 hours ago, BWitcher said:

Wasn't Jan O another who missed the 90 World Final with injury?

Was that the year he broke his arm go karting, or am I getting muddled.

Knudsen obvs was missing that year too.

Yeh Jan o defo missed it cos of that. A week or two before the final iirc.   Seem to remember it was the reason Henka was upgraded from reserve to main riding order aswell. 

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5 hours ago, Crumpet77 said:

Tony Rickardsson the greatest rider ever, and a lovely man to boot.

In the top 6 certainly but Ivan was the man with Ove second.

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51 minutes ago, Sidney the robin said:

In the top 6 certainly but Ivan was the man with Ove second.

Never saw either ride, but i'll take your word for it. :)

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46 minutes ago, Baldyman said:

John Cook, proper entertainer. 

A real enigma...but a great entertaimer as you say.

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Apart from a few girls, he was the only other reason I went to speedway for a few years whilst a teenager. 

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2 hours ago, Sidney the robin said:

In the top 6 certainly but Ivan was the man with Ove second.

Ivan no question...not sure where I would place Rickardsson personally?

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It’s hard to pick riders when you follow the sport for so long, but Jan O for me.  

Perfect balance and unbelievable from the back at any track. 

The Danes were so professional at the time. I think he would have won the title in 1990. He was ready to emerge from Hans and Erik’s shadows but re-broke his wrist the week before. 

He showed that a year later when he dominated the world titles. 

So many great riders though. And characters too ! 

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Tomasz Gollob - Domestically he was nye on untouchable, pulled his nation out of the brown on numerous occasions, and you often wanted him to MISS the gate.

Arguably should have won more world titles, and his Swedish form was 'patchy' to say the least, but will go down as one of the greats.

An honourable mention goes to Mr Leigh Adams. A tremendous servant to Unia Leszno, and his myriad of British employers. Like Gollob, should have won more at GP level, but domestically pristine over his legendary career.

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On 9/8/2019 at 8:05 PM, steve roberts said:

Ivan no question...not sure where I would place Rickardsson personally?

Mauger, Fundin, Nielsen, Briggs, for me would be in front of him Steve.

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Shawn Moran.  If you were a teenager/20 something supporting Sheffield in the early 80s, you wouldn't say anyone else. 

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