2016 FIM Long Track World Champion
Born on 13 September 1995 in Memmingen, Germany
Erik Riss regained the FIM Long Track World Championship title he first won back in 2014 with an immaculate seven-ride maximum at the final round of the 2016 season in front of a big home crowd in Vechta, Germany. The 21-year-old son of Long Track legend Gerd Riss has been concentrating on his blossoming speedway career recently but showed that he still has enthusiasm for the ‘sandbahn’ variety of track racing with this emphatic victory.
Despite having ridden in an Under 21 Speedway World Championship in Pardubice the previous day, Riss endured an overnight drive from the Czech Republic to arrive at Vechta in time for morning practice. Unperturbed, he produced seven perfect performances to complete the series with a 21-point lead over his nearest rival, defending champion Jannick de Jong. The result topped off a miserable week for the Dutchman, who also lost the European Championship seven days previously. Mathieu Tresarrieu finished in third place despite breaking his hand, which forced him to watch helplessly as the final positions were resolved. Thankfully for the Frenchman, the bronze medal was safe, as compatriot Dmitri Berge came close but eventually finished just one point short.
2 World titles - 2014, 2016