Eastbourne Speedway, along with the rest of the speedway world, is saddened to learn of the death of Ivan Mauger.

Ivan, in his formative years in England in the 1950s, came to Arlington as a rookie, low on confidence and with poor equipment.

Charles Dugard encouraged the young Kiwi, helped him sort out his bike and soon Mauger was scoring points.

He made his debut for the Eagles in 1958 and by the end of the season was track record holder.

Mauger died this morning, aged 78. He was six times world speedway champion – 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1979. He’s the only rider in the sport’s history to have won three in a row and finished on the podium every year from 1967 to 1974.

He was also world long track champion three times.

Eastbourne Speedway and the Dugards send their condolences to the family.

Paul Watson