Sport Kiwi speedway great Ivan Mauger dies

05:36  16 april  2018
05:36  16 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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Kiwis Overseas Final - 1981. Plus Points. "I looked with great respect at Eric Marchment's post - after 81 years of watching speedway - he first saw it in 1935, one can only accept his support for Ivan Mauger as the greatest rider of them all.

Ivan Gerald Mauger , OBE, (born 4 October 1939 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a retired motorcycle speedway rider. He won a record six World Championships (Finals), a feat equalled only with the inclusion of the Speedway GP Championships by Tony Rickardsson of Sweden who won one World

Ivan Mauger, five Times Individual World Speedway Champion.© Albert Foster/Mirrorpix/Getty Images Ivan Mauger, five Times Individual World Speedway Champion. New Zealand's Ivan Mauger, regarded by many as the world's greatest speedway rider, has died at the age of 78.

The six-time world champion died in Queensland on Monday from cognitive aphasia.

He retired to the Gold Coast in 1987 but maintained his connections with motorcycling as a promoter and mentor for young riders.

Christchurch-born Mauger won 15 world titles, mostly in the 1970s, along with countless other events and enjoyed international celebrity status.

He was crowned New Zealand sportsman of the year in 1977 and 1979 and was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Is Ivan Mauger THE greatest rider ever? "I looked with great respect at Eric Marchment's post - after 81 years of watching speedway - he first saw it in 1935, one can only accept his support for Ivan Mauger as the greatest rider of them all.

Home page for www.ivanmauger.net fan tribute site to greatest speedway rider and former world champion Ivan Mauger MBE OBE. IVAN MAUGER . The Flying Kiwi .

His six solo world titles - in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1979 -is matched only by Swedish great Tony Rickardsson, while he was also a runner-up three times.

Mauger was a three-time long-track world champion, two-time pairs champion and four-time World Team Cup winner.

The first three team titles came with Great Britain before the last came with New Zealand, in 1979.

He represented Great Britain after venturing to England to race as a teenager.

He rode for numerous British speedway teams in a sport which rode a golden wave of popularity.

Mauger is survived by Raye, his wife of 61 years, and three children.

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