Lee Richardson


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The Independent Online

Lee Richardson, who was killed in a race crash on 13 May at the age of 33, was a British speedway international. Captain of the Lakeside Hammers team, Richardson rode for Great Britain at senior and under-21 level, and featured in several World Cups. He was a Grand Prix rider from 2003-06.

The crash took place in the western Polish city of Wroclaw. Richardson, who had competed in Poland over the past 13 years, was racing for PGE Marma Rzeszow against Betard Sparta Wroclaw when his motorcycle flipped over and Richardson was thrown to the track after crashing into a safety fence. He was married to Emma Garcia and had three sons.

Richardson's mother Julie was a presenter for ScreenSport Television while his father Colin is a former rider. His uncle, Steve Weatherley, was paralysed in a crash with Vic Harding during a meeting at Hackney Wick in 1979; Harding later died.