Bobby Schwartz and the World Final
Bobby Schwartz seems to get most people's vote for the best rider of the 80's, not to ride in the World Speedway Final. World Team Champion and twice World Pairs Champion, how come the very popular American never got to 'The Big One' ? Here's how he went, year by year;
1979 Intercontinental Final. 2 points. dnq
1980 American Final. dnq
1981 American Final. dnq
1982 American Final. dnq
1983 American Final. dnq
1984 Overseas Final. 3 points. dnq
1985 American Final. 11 points. Reserve for Overseas Final. dnr
1986 Overseas Final. 5 points. dnq
1987 American Final. dnq
1988 Overseas Final. 3 points. dnq
1989 American Final. dnq
1990 American Final. dnq
1991 American Final. dnq
1992. Not nominated for Overseas Final.
1993. Not Nominated for Overseas Final.
1994 American Final. dnq
Amazing to see that 1979, the Intercontinental Final being the last round, was the closest he ever got! More amazing to see that the American Final was more often than not, his downfall.
This article was first published on 13th May 2018
"Bobby if compared to just about every other American rider of the era had a completely different style of sitting on the bike. When most others were able to be loose and flamboyant Bobby was semi rigid and used to trail his leg off the turns. IMO I believe it was a style that didn't work so well on the larger World Final type tracks. Bobby was brilliant on the smaller ones like Wolverhampton etc and his record in the USA speaks for itself. He was a master of throttle control in an era of when the art was starting to disappear from the Sport."
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