The tragic death of Lee Richardson at the weekend. Photo: Pietr Walcksak/AP
Tragic death of English rider

Swedish speedway pays tribute to Lee Richardson

Swedish speedway will pay tribute on Tuesday evening to star rider Lee Richardson who died in a crash while racing in Poland at the weekend. The 33-year-old who represented Great Britain, raced in Sweden for Vargarna from Norrköping. Their match away at Hammarby on Tuesday evening has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

Instead the club will hold a minute's silence at its' home arena led by a local priest. A minute's silence will also take place at the three remaining fixures which have been given the go ahead.

Speedway riders race for clubs in different leagues in Europe. Richardson, who was a married father-of-three, was racing for PGE Marma Rzeszow against Betard Sparta Wroclaw when he reportedly struck a safety fence and suffered internal bleeding in the chest area, as well as breathing difficulties.

Colleagues and supporters inside Swedish speedway have filled the Norrköping team's guest book with condolences since Sunday evening. It was the same on social media.

World Champion and teammate Nicki Pedersen wrote; "He was always a gentleman and a wonderful person to work with."

Vagarna team leader Thomas Carlsson told the local Norrköping newspaper that the team would do its best to honour Lee Richardson's memory. "We have decided to race next week. The best way we can honour Lee is to win the (elite) series."

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