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Mike The Bike: Who said what after Michael Lee's 1980 World triumph in Gothenburg




“Everything went perfectly on the night and the bike was spot on.

“After the practice on Thursday I spent most of Friday working on the bikes, but in the end I only used one.

“My first two rides were the hardest and after getting five points from them I thought I was in with a chance, but I still could not relax until I crossed the winning line on my fifth race.

“The world title is what I have wanted and what I’ve dreamed of. It still hasn’t sunk in that I have got the championship.”

Michael Lee

Mike on the mic: Michael Lee tells ITV’s Dave Lanning how it feels to be the new speedway champion of the world. MNLF-WC615 (39283398)
Mike on the mic: Michael Lee tells ITV’s Dave Lanning how it feels to be the new speedway champion of the world. MNLF-WC615 (39283398)

“If you cannot win then taking second place is the next best thing. This has been a great result for King’s Lynn and English speedway.

I thought it was a good speedway track for the final, but I dropped a point when I reared up badly at the start of my second race and in the next two I was off on gate three, which proved to be the worst gate for everyone.”

Dave Jessup

“At last our loyal Lynn fans have got their own World champion. In fact we have now got two champions because Dave Jessup has already helped England to win the World Pairs title this year.”

Cyril Crane (Lynn promoter)

“I think this result will do the town a power of good and really put Lynn on the map.

“In nigh on one thousand years of town history we have never had a world champion.

“As well as congratulating the two riders, I’d like to congratulate the supporters as well. There’s never any trouble at speedway.”

Bill Baker: (Lynn borough mayor)

Taking in the cheers: Michael Lee acknowledges the cheers from the 33,000 speedway fans who had packed into the Ullevi Stadium. MNLF-WC624 (39283404)
Taking in the cheers: Michael Lee acknowledges the cheers from the 33,000 speedway fans who had packed into the Ullevi Stadium. MNLF-WC624 (39283404)

“Towards the end of the meeting when Michael had just one race left, Danny Leno (of Warner Sports) and I were gripping each other so tightly that I had bruises on my upper arms. It was so exciting.

“We were shouting and jumping up and down. Danny lit up a cigarette and although I don’t smoke, I asked him for one. I needed it to calm my nerves.

“When we were able to make our way down to the pits I gave Michael a hug and a kiss and he said: ‘That’s enough of that, mum!’.”

Valerie Lee (Mike’s mum)

“I was a bag of nerves before the final, more so than Michael. I knew it was possible for him to win, but you never know if it’s probable.

“Of course, he won it fair and square in the end and we were obviously all delighted for him.”

Andy Lee (Mike’s dad)



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