Full name: Gert Handberg
Birthplace: Brastrup, Denmark
Birthdate: 30th May 1969
Career Record with Cradley
[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database includes all matches]
(photos courtesy of Speedway Star)
Gert joined Cradley in 1988 on the recommendation of Kristian Praestbro after only one complete season in the Danish League but he had already won the Danish Junior Championship. He came to Cradley as a shy lad who spoke very little English but he came to the right place with Erik & Jan O to help to settle him in.
Gert struggled at first with many engine problems; being relegated to reserve in May, it was a difficult start for him, a long way from home, big debts trying to sort out his mechanical gremlins but he still managed to average over five points a match and was an automatic choice for 1989.
He began his second season quite well partnering Erik but then went into a decline and ended up at reserve with the arrival of Greg Hancock, it was enough to spark some life into him and topped the Cradley scorers at the end of May against Swindon with 13 points. He was soon back into the main body of the team with Greg dropping down in June. He top scored at Bradford with 13 again at the end of July. Continuing his form up to September when he was selected for the Danish World Team Cup Team at reserve when Erik's first heat crash forced him into the team scoring 9 points but he was so upset he considered retiring but his next meeting turned out to be the biggest of his career winning the Under 21 Final in Lonigo Italy.