CRUMP - THE RECORD BREAKER
Thursday 27th September 2012, 12:59
Triple world champion Jason Crump has smashed and set a raft of records throughout his fabled FIM Speedway Grand Prix career.
So as he prepares to bow out of the World Championship in the FIM Torun SGP of Poland on October 6, Speedwaygp.com takes a look at the many benchmarks the Aussie legend has set. Thanks to master stats man Steve Brandon for crunching the numbers …
ROSTRUM REGULAR: Of all his achievements, finishing in the World Championship’s top three a record-equalling 10 years on the trot is something special.
JC won three golds, five silvers and two bronze medals in an astonishing run stretching from 2001 to 2010.
Only five-time World Final winner Ove Fundin matched this mark between 1956 and 1965.
FINAL FLOURISH: Crump appeared in his record 77th SGP final at the FIM Dansk Metal Nordic SGP in Vojens on Saturday – good friend Greg Hancock is a distant second on 63.
The Bristol-born man has won 23 of these medal races, but Polish legend Tomasz Gollob on 22 will be desperate to surpass that figure.
MAKING HIS POINT: The Vetlanda and Rzeszow star became the first SGP rider to break the 2,000-point barrier in Vojens.
Finishing second in the semi-final was enough to move the 37-year-old on to 2,001 career points in the series. Greg Hancock is his nearest rival on 1,940 and will hope to overtake that total next season.
KING OF COPENHAGEN: Crump has won SGP rounds at 14 different venues, but no World Championship track has been kinder to him than PARKEN in Copenhagen.
The Swedish-based star collected his most recent gold medal in the FIM Dansk Metal Danish SGP there on June 9 – celebrating a record fourth victory at the stadium to add to his wins in 2003, 2004 and 2009.
BEST IN BRITAIN: Great Britain has been Crump’s happiest hunting ground, as he has topped the rostrum in a record five Grand Prix rounds in his country of birth.
He collected the first victory of his career at Hackney in 1996 – the venue where he made his SGP bow on September 30, 1995 – before triumphing at Coventry in 1998.
But Crump will always be remembered for his hat-trick of wins at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in 2006, 2008 and 2009 – an achievement unmatched by any of his rivals.
TRAVELLING FAR AND WIDE: Crump has ridden in at least one Grand Prix at 29 of the 33 venues the SGP series has visited since it started on May 23, 1995 at Wroclaw in Poland.
He has made the final of a Grand Prix at 24 of the 29 venues where he has ridden in a Grand Prix. The five venues at which he never made the final are Avesta, Berlin, Gorzow, Pocking and Terenzano.
The four venues where Crump never rode in an SGP round are Abensburg, Bradford, Landshut and Wiener Neustadt.
OTHER HONOURS: On top of his SGP achievements, Crump also helped Australia to FIM Speedway World Cup glory in 2001 and 2002 to add to their 1999 World Team Cup win.
He was crowned World Under-21 champion at Finnish track Tampere in 1995 and remains the only junior champion to go on to lift the senior title in the Grand Prix era. Crump also tasted Australian Championship glory in 1995 and 2007 and won the Aussie Under-16s in 1990.
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