The 2009 Premier League season was the second division of motorcycle speedway racing in the United Kingdom and the 15th season since its creation in 1995. The league is governed by the Speedway Control Board (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).

Summary

The League consisted of 14 teams for the 2009 season with the re-admission of the Newport Wasps and the loss of Mildenhall Fen Tigers, Isle of Wight Islanders (Both dropped to National League) and the Reading Racers (Loss of Stadium). New rules introduced for 2009 with a complete revamp of the points scoring system. The team finishing at the top of the league table at the end of the season after accumulating the most points were declared the Premier League champions. The four highest placed teams were entered into promotion play-offs, whereby the Premier League play-off winner faced the bottom Elite League team over two legs. Teams finishing in fifth to twelfth at the time of the fixture cut-off date compete in the Young Shield.

The Kings Lynn Stars were crowned the Premier League champions after ending the season as the highest placed team. The Edinburgh Monarchs finished second, Newcastle Diamonds third and the Birmingham Brummies fourth. All four teams took part in the promotion play-off with Edinburgh and King's Lynn reaching the final. Edinburgh won 97–83 on aggregate and faced Elite League team Belle Vue Aces, but lost the two-legged promotion/relegation final.

New Points Scoring System

A new points scoring systems was devised for the 2009 season in an effort to make teams more competitive even when losing. If a Home team were to win by 7 or more points they would receive 3 points for the win. However, if the away team restricted the win from 1-6 points, the home team would receive only 2 points for the win, and the away team would be awarded 1 point for losing by less than 7 away from home.
If the match was a draw, the home team would be awarded 1 point and the away team awarded 2.
If the away team won the match by between 1-6 points, they would be awarded 3 points with the home team collecting 0. And finally if the away team won by 7 or more points, they would collect 4 points with the home team again collecting 0.

League table

Pos Club M Home Away F A +/- Pts
3W 2W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Kings Lynn Stars 26 13 0 0 0 4 2 0 3 4 1378 1013 64
2 Edinburgh Monarchs 26 11 2 0 0 2 1 1 1 8 1378 1122 51
3 Newcastle Diamonds 26 12 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 8 1241 1139 49
4 Birmingham Brummies 26 9 2 0 2 1 3 0 5 4 1232 1139 49
5 Redcar Bears 26 10 1 1 1 0 2 0 5 6 1174 1197 44
6 Somerset Rebels 26 9 4 0 0 0 1 0 4 8 1199 1177 42
7 Workington Comets 26 7 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 8 1170 1215 41
8 Sheffield Tigers 26 10 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 8 1192 1179 39
9 Rye House Rockets 26 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 1211 1174 37
10 Scunthorpe Scorpions 26 8 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 10 1195 1199 37
11 Stoke Potters 26 7 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 11 1096 1275 32
12 Berwick Bandits 26 6 3 1 3 0 2 0 0 11 1128 1257 31
13 Glasgow Tigers 26 3 4 0 6 0 1 0 2 10 1122 1238 22
14 Newport Wasps 26 2 3 1 7 0 0 1 1 11 1074 1303 16
Key:
Premier League Play-Offs

Home: 3W = Home win by 7 points or more; 2W = Home win by between 1 and 6 points
Away: 4W = Away win by 7 points or more; 3W = Away win by between 1 and 6 points; 1L = Away loss by 6 points or less
M = Meetings; D = Draws; L = Losses; F = Race points for; A = Race points against; +/- = Race points difference; Pts = Total Points

Last updated: October 20, 2010

Source: BSPA

Premier League Play-Offs

Semi-finals

Leg 1

Leg 2

Edinburgh Monarchs52 (93) – (93) 43
8 - 4
Sudden Death
Newcastle Diamonds
Ryan Fisher 13 Rene Bach 13

Grand final

First leg

1 United States Ryan Fisher 3, 2', 2, 1', 1 9+2
2 Poland Michal Rajkowski 0, 3, 3, 0 6
3 England Andrew Tully 3, 0, 3, 3 9
4 England 2', 3, 2', 2' 9+3
5 Germany Kevin Wolbert 3, 3, 3, 2, 3 14
6 Australia Aaron Summers 3, 0, 2', 0 5+1
7 Finland Kalle Katajisto 0, X, 1, 3 4
Manager: Alan Bridgett
1 Scotland William Lawson (Guest) 1', 2, 2, 1^, 3, 2 11+1
2 Czech Republic Tomas Topinka , , , , R/R
3 England 2, X, 2, 3, 4^, X 11
4 Argentina Emiliano Sanchez 1, 1', 1', 1, 1 5+2
5 England Josh Auty (Guest) 2, 1, 1, 0, X 4
6 Sweden Linus Eklof 2, 0, 0, 1', 0 3+1
7 Denmark Jan Graversen 1', 1', 0, N 2+2
Manager: Rob Lyon

Second leg

Kings Lynn Stars47 (83) - 41 (97)Edinburgh Monarchs
11+1 Kevin Wolbert 12
1 Denmark Ulrich Ostergaard (Guest) 1', 2, 3, 2, 1' 9+2
2 Australia Kozza Smith , , , , R/R
3 Argentina Emiliano Sanchez 3, 1', X, 1', 1' 6+3
4 England 2', 2, 2, 3, 2 11+1
5 Australia Ty Proctor (Guest) 0, 3, 3, X 6
6 Sweden Linus Eklof 1', 1', 1, 0, 2, 2' 7+3
7 Denmark Jan Graversen 2, 2, 2, 2, 0 8
Manager: Rob Lyon
1 United States Ryan Fisher 3, 3, 2, X 8
2 Poland Michal Rajkowski 0, 0, F 0
3 England Andrew Tully 1, 0, 2, 3, 0 6
4 England 0, 2, 1', 0 3+1
5 Germany Kevin Wolbert 3, 3, 0, 3, 3 12
6 Australia Aaron Summers 0, 0, 3, 0 3
7 Finland Kalle Katajisto 3, 1, 3, 1', 1 9+1
Manager: Alan Bridgett

Premier League Riders Championship

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21 22
1 United Kingdom (10) Ricky Ashworth (SHE) 13 3 2 2 3 3 13 1 3
2 Australia (15) Darcy Ward (KL) 11 3 1 3 3 1 11 2 2
3 Australia (12) Ty Proctor (RED) 11 2 3 2 2 2 11 3 2 1
4 United Kingdom (11) David Howe (SS) 10 1 2 3 3 1 10 6 3 0
5 United Kingdom (5) William Lawson (GLA) 10 3 2 1 2 2 10 4 1
6 United Kingdom (7) Andre Compton (WOR) 10 0 3 1 3 3 10 5 0
7 Denmark (1) Kenni Larsen (ND) 9 3 3 1 0 2 9 7
8 United Kingdom (6) Jordan Frampton (NW) 9 2 3 2 1 1 9 8
9 United States (4) Ryan Fisher (EDI) 8 1 2 0 2 3 8 9
10 Australia (13) Jason Lyons (BIR) 7 0 1 3 0 3 7 10
11 Australia (2) Steve Johnston (SOM) 6 2 0 0 2 2 6 11
12 United Kingdom (8) Jason Bunyan (STO) 5 1 1 2 1 0 5 12
13 Czech Republic (14) Tomas Topinka (KL) 5 2 1 1 1 R 5 13
14 Sweden (3) Magnus Karlsson (SS) 3 0 0 3 0 0 3 14
15 United Kingdom (16) Chris Neath (RH) 2 1 0 0 1 EF 2 15
16 Czech Republic (9) Michal Makovsky (BER) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 16
United Kingdom (17) 0 0
United Kingdom (18) 0 0
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21 22

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

Final Leading averages

[1]

Rider Team Average
Australia Darcy Ward Kings Lynn 9.11
Czech Republic Tomáš Topinka Kings Lynn 9.10
Australia Kevin Doolan Workington 8.87
Australia Steve Johnston Somerset 8.84
England David Howe Scunthorpe 8.62
Scotland James Grieves Glasgow 8.55
Sweden Somerset 8.42
Australia Ty Proctor Redcar 8.34
Czech Republic Adrian Rymel Workington 8.33
United States Ryan Fisher Edinburgh 8.25
New Zealand Jason Bunyan Stoke 8.25

Premier League Knockout Cup

The 2009 Premier League Knockout Cup was the 42nd edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. King's Lynn Stars were the winners of the competition.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/05 Stoke Potters 48-42 Berwick Bandits
06/05 Berwick Bandits 50-39 Stoke Potters
10/05 Newcastle Diamonds 48-42 Scunthorpe Scorpions
08/05 Scunthorpe Scorpions 65-25 Newcastle Diamonds
29/04 Birmingham Brummies 43-47 Rye House Rockets
09/05 Rye House Rockets 53-37 Birmingham Brummies
14/05 Redcar Bears 52-38 Newport Wasps
21/06 Newport Wasps 40-50 Redcar Bears
08/05 Somerset Rebels 46-44 Glasgow Tigers
24/05 Glasgow Tigers 45-44 Somerset Rebels
28/05 Sheffield Tigers 56-34 Edinburgh Monarchs
08/05 Edinburgh Monarchs 59-31 Sheffield Tigers

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/05 King's Lynn Stars 58-32 Berwick Bandits
20/06 Berwick Bandits 26-57 King's Lynn Stars
13/06 Rye House Rockets 56-34 Somerset Rebels
12/06 Somerset Rebels 53-37 Rye House Rockets
20/06 Workington Comets 47-43 Edinburgh Monarchs
19/06 Edinburgh Monarchs 56-34 Workington Comets
13/08 Redcar Bears 46-44 Scunthorpe Scorpions
31/07 Scunthorpe Scorpions 50-39 Redcar Bears

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/10 Scunthorpe Scorpions 45-27 King's Lynn Stars
06/10 King's Lynn Stars 70-20 Scunthorpe Scorpions
19/09 Rye House Rockets 49-41 Edinburgh Monarchs
11/09 Edinburgh Monarchs 63-27 Rye House Rockets

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/10 Edinburgh Monarchs 48-41 King's Lynn Stars
28/10 King's Lynn Stars 57-33 Edinburgh Monarchs

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

External links

References

  1. ^ "Greensheet Averages". Speedway GB.
  2. ^ "2009 Premier League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.