The 10th Day of September

First World Individual Motorcycle Speedway Championship 1936

Motorcycle speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines which use only one gear and have no brakes. Racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).

The World Championship of Speedway is an international competition between the highest-ranked motorcycle speedway riders of the world, run under the auspices of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

World Individual Motorcycle Speedway

The British pride themselves on organising the official World Championship, having hosted the first fifteen ACU/FIM sanctioned events, all in Wembley Stadium. These were from 10th September, 1936, when Australian Lionel Van Praag won the title.

Before the World Championship received its formal recognition from the ACU and the FIM in 1936, other unofficial Speedway World Championships were staged between 1931 and 1935, in Europe, South America and Australasia.

 Extra Note: Up to 1994, it was run as a single night event after qualifying rounds during the season, leading up to a big final of 20 heats.

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