Kiwi speedway champ Ivan Mauger dies

Ivan Mauger was a six-time world champion.
Ivan Mauger was a six-time world champion.

Tributes are flowing for Kiwi speedway champion Ivan Mauger, who has died aged 78.

Mauger who won six world championships died early this morning. He had been suffering for several years from a form of dementia.

Speedway New Zealand chief executive John McCallum said Mauger was recognised as the greatest speedway racer of all time.

"He was a true New Zealand sporting icon."

Mauger was born in New Zealand in 1939 and rode for several British teams, including Wimbledon Dons, Newcastle Diamonds, Belle Vue Aces, Exeter Falcons, and the Hull Vikings.

He last raced in Adelaide in 1986 and spent his retirement years on the Gold Coast with his family.


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