Crump champ after dramatic final GP
JASON Crump was crowned World Speedway Champion in the final FIM Grand Prix of 2009 at Bydgoszcz in Poland.Crump landed his third World title in the space of six years when he won Heat 13 ahead of outgoing champion Nicki Pedersen, Russian wonderkid Emil Sayfutdinov and Fredrik Lindgren.
JASON Crump was crowned World Speedway Champion in the final FIM Grand Prix of 2009 at Bydgoszcz in Poland.
Crump landed his third World title in the space of six years when he won Heat 13 ahead of outgoing champion Nicki Pedersen, Russian wonderkid Emil Sayfutdinov and Fredrik Lindgren.
The 34-year-old Aussie star went into the meeting requiring eight points on the night to take the crown, and that was trimmed to six when main challenger Tomasz Gollob finished third in Heat 12.
Crump, still nursing a painful arm injury that required a skin graft last month, had already gained five points from his first three rides, so only needed a point in Heat 13.
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He completed the job in style by winning the race after a jet-propelled start from the outside gate left Pedersen trailing in his wake.
Crump, who won three of this year's 11 GPs, said: "Five weeks ago I thought my season was over after my crash at Belle Vue, but a fantastic team of people have got me back on track and I have to thank them all.
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"The first half of the season went like clockwork, but I messed up a little in the second half when I became a speedway rider rather than a speedway racer. The injury never helped but things came good at the end and it was pretty special to win Heat 13 when I only needed a point. It's an awesome feeling to be World Champion again."
Former Ipswich rider Gollob finished runner-up in the series, with Sayfutdinov a remarkable third in his debut season.
FIM Polish Grand Prix: Nicki Pedersen (Denmark) 18, Leigh Adams (Australia) 15, Sebastian Ulamek (Poland) 16, Rune Holta (Poland) 14, Andreas Jonsson (Sweden) 12, Tomasz Gollob (Poland) 11, Jason Crump (Australia) 9, Kenneth Bjerre (Denmark) 8, Greg Hancock (USA) 8, Emil Sayfutdinov (Russia) 8, Adrian Miedzinksi (Poland) 6, Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden) 6, Scott Nicholls (Great Britain) 4, Chris Harris (Great Britain) 3, Grzegorz Walasek (Poland) 3, Hans Andersen (Denmark) 3.
Final World Championship standings: Crump 159, Gollob 144, Sayfutdinov 139, Hancock 121, Jonsson 116, Pedersen 110, Holta 99, Bjerre 98, Lindgren 94, Andersen 91, Adams 81, Ulamek 75, Walasek 66, Harris 62, Nicholls 45, *Antonio Lindback (Sweden) 27, *Niels-Kristian Iversen (Denmark) 20, *Jarek Hampel (Poland) 9, *Matej Zagar (Slovenia) 7, Adrian Miedzinski (Poland) 6, Grigory Laguta (Russia) 6, *Edward Kennett (Great Britain) 4, *Guglielmo Franchetti (Italy) 2, *Matej Kus (Czech Republic) 1.
*denotes reserves and wild-cards.