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RIP IVAN MAUGER 1939-2018

Tributes have poured in for six-time world champion Ivan Mauger, who passed away aged 78 on Monday morning.

16 / 04 / 2018, 12:00

Tributes have poured in for six-time world champion Ivan Mauger, who passed away aged 78 on Monday morning.

The New Zealand great had been suffering with dementia for several years and died in Queensland, Australia, where he lived with his family. He is survived by wife Raye and his children Kym, Debbie and Julie.

Mauger was the undisputed icon of the sport’s pre-FIM Speedway Grand Prix era, lifting the World Championship in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1979. He’s the only rider in the sport’s history to have won three in a row and finished on the podium every year from 1967 to 1974.

I am proud to race for the world famous Belle Vue Aces. One man contributed hugely to this legacy and we all follow in his tyre-prints. Almost everything in speedway today can be traced back to him. His legend and record will live on. RIP Ivan Mauger.

Craig Cook

On top of that, the Christchurch-born ace claimed three World Longtrack Championships. He also played his part in New Zealand’s one and only World Team Cup win in 1979, as well as their World Pairs victories in 1969 and 1970.

While representing Great Britain, he won three more World Team Cups and four British Championships. He inspired Belle Vue Aces to three British League titles in a row from 1970 to 1972, before winning the championship again with the Exeter Falcons in 1974.

In 1977 and 1979, Mauger was voted Halberg New Zealand Sportsman of the Year – becoming the only motorcyclist to win that accolade. He retired from racing in 1985, but went on to promote speedway events around the world. In 1990, he was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

Tributes have flooded in from across the globe on social media. The most poignant one came from his daughter Debbie. She tweeted: "You knew him as "Ivan" & I truly respect that I really do, I was so lucky & privileged to know him as Dad, how lucky we all were. Such an amazing life lived to the max.”

Four-time world champion Hans Nielsen wrote: “Ivan Mauger, one of my childhood heroes, sad to hear Ivan has passed away. Our thoughts and condolences to his family. RIP Ivan.”

Triple world champion Jason Crump said: “A real life legend, ahead of his time on and off the track, more importantly a bloody good bloke. Thoughts with Raye, Julie, Kym, Debbie and the whole Mauger clan. RIP Ivan.”

SGP commentator and former World Longtrack champion Kelvin Tatum posted: “Ivan Mauger was one of the greatest riders we’ve ever seen and a very astute promoter. I am very sad about news of his passing and my thoughts are with his family.”

British champion Craig Cook posted: “I am proud to race for the world famous Belle Vue Aces. One man contributed hugely to this legacy and we all follow in his tyre-prints. Almost everything in speedway today can be traced back to him. His legend and record will live on. RIP Ivan Mauger.”

Four-time world champion Greg Hancock wrote: “Sad news about the passing of Ivan Mauger. Such an icon and pillar in our sport. RIP Ivan Mauger.”

Australian team manager Mark Lemon tweeted: “They say never meet your heroes, well I’m glad I did & more. A megastar of our sport that raised the bar in every way imaginable. A truly amazing & inspiring person.

“My deepest condolences & thoughts are with Raye, Debbie, Julie & Kym.  #GOAT #IvanMauger RIP.”

 

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