Michael Lee, the former King’s Lynn Stars speedway rider, has been charged with rape.
Suffolk Police have revealed he faces two counts of rape, two of sexual assault and one of actual bodily harm.
Lee, 54, of Worlington, near Mildenhall, was charged on Tuesday at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre and will appear before Bury Magistrates’ Court on Monday, October 21.
The charges relate to incidents which allegedly occurred between January 1, 2008 and December 28, 2012, involving two women.
Lee, who is a co-promoter of Mildenhall Fen Tigers, raced for King’s Lynn, Poole and Boston and was individual world champion in 1980.
A controversial character, but something of a legend in Lynn, he was once banned in the 1980s for allegedly endangering other riders.
Lee began his professional speedway career in 1975 with Boston and rode part-time for King’s Lynn.
In 1976, Lee moved full time to Saddlebow Road stadium and finished the season with an average of 9.22. He was also the British Junior Champion.
At the end of the 1977 season, Lee had become the top scorer in the British League. He also won the first of his two British Speedway Championship titles.
In 1979 Lee was third in the World Final in Poland, but the next year he claimed the World crown in Gothenburg, finishing ahead of King’s Lynn team-mate Dave Jessup. He was also triumphant again with England in the World Team Cup.
After moving to Poole Pirates in 1983, Lee had another successful year, finishing with an average of 10.43, but at the start of the 1984 season he was involved in an incident that would result in him being banned from speedway for a year.
In a cup match against Lynn, he was excluded mid-race for a starting offence and returned to the pits in the wrong direction, allegedly causing the other riders to take evasive action.
Despite the three other riders and the home promoter giving evidence that he had posed no danger the Speedway Control Board fined him and banned him for five years, although this was later reduced on appeal.
Lee returned to Lynn for two seasons but he was given another fine after he didn’t show up to a match in June 1986 and he seemingly quit the sport. He made a late comeback five years later in Australia, before taking up a short-lived and final stint with Lynn.