Torun FIM Speedway Grand Prix Of Poland 2013 Preview

The final round of this year’s SGP series heads to Torun, Poland to cap what has been one of the worst injury hit season to date.
Tai Woffinden is six points off being crowned the new world champion the first Brit since 2000. Woffinden faces his nearest rival in heat five where if the points go in favour of the Scunthorpe born man then the title could be settled as soon as that.
Last week saw Martin Vaculik crowned as the European Champion which after a dismal grand prix campaign sent a vital message out that he is very capable of battling with the stars of the show. Vaculik is currently 14th in the standings with 56 points. The only full time rider to have done worse is Sweden’s Antiono Lindback who incidentally was victorious in last years GP at Torun.
A key man to watch in tomorrows meeting is 21 year old Darcy Ward. Ward, a Torun rider in the Polish Ekstraliga will have extensive knowledge of the 325 meter track. The former two time world under-21 champion has only recorded double figure scores in each GP he competed in.
Fellow Torun team mate Adrian Miedzinski has been handed the wildcard race jacket for tomorrow. While Torun junior Kamil Pulczynski has been given the second reserve place with Pawel Prezedpelski fills the first reserve spot.
With Holder and Torun track record holder Tomas Gollob out injured (Troy Batchelor comes in to replace Gollob in the Australian champions speedway grand prix debut.) the top eight are almost certain as Freddie Lindgren is 11 points adrift of Ward in eighth.
This means that it will be a battle in the lower half of the table to try and impress the FIM in order to get selected to fill the wildcard places for next year. Defending world champion Chris Holder and Andreas Jonsson are obvious picks expected to be in next years series after injury affected both their seasons hopes.
Line up.
Heat 1: A Miedzinski. L Madsen. F Lindgren. T Batchelor
Heat 2: K Kasprzak. M Zagar. G Hancock. A Jonsson.
Heat 3: D Ward. M Vaculik. T Woffinden. NK Iversen
Heat 4: A Lindback. A Dryml. N Pedersen. J Hampel.
Heat 5: J Hampel. A Miedzinski. K Kasprzak. T Woffinden
Heat 6: A Dryml. D Ward. L Madsen. G Hancock.
Heat 7: M Vaculik. A Lindback. M Zagar. A Lindback.
Heat 8: T Batchelor. A Jonsson. NK Iversen. N Pedersen
Heat 9: G Hancock. N Pedersen. A Miedzinski. M Vaculik
Heat 10: NK Iversen. K Kasprzak. A Lindback. L Madsen.
Heat 11: A Jonsson. T Woffinden. F Lindgren. A Dryml.
Heat 12: J Hampel. T Batchelor. D Ward. M Zagar
Heat 13: M Zagar. NK Iversen. A Dryml. A Miedzinski.
Heat 14: L Madsen. J Hampel. A Jonsson. M Vaculik
Heat 15: N Pedersen. F Lindgren. D Ward. K Kasprzak
Heat 16: T Woffinden. G Hancock. T Batchelor. A Lindback
Heat 17: A Miedzinski. A Jonsson. A Lindback. D Ward.
Heat 18: T Woffinden. L Madsen. M Zagar. N Pedersen
Heat 19: F Lindgren. NK Iversen. J Hampel. G Hancock
Heat 20: K Kasprzak. A Dryml. M Vaculik. T Batchelor.

    Scandinavian Speedway GP 2013 Preview

    The new ‘Friends Arena’ in Stockholm, Sweden, is hosting the penultimate round of the 2013 FIM speedway grand prix series. The 34,000 capacity national stadium which opened just under a year ago is going to host the first GP in the Swedish capital since 2009 albeit as the Scandinavian GP.
    Tai Woffinden already has one hand on the world title and could be the new world champion by the end of tomorrow’s meeting as Emil Sayfutdinov has announced his absence for the remainder of this season. Woffinden has a 22 point lead over his now nearest challenger Jarek Hampel in third place. Leon Madsen will continue in place of Sayfutdinov, Madsen has certainly not disappointed on the world stage and has scored 14 points so far.
    Nicki Pedersen is on 108 points so far but the hard charging three time world champion will be sure to push fellow Dane Jarek Hampel close in the race for the silver medal.
    With the championship being all but wrapped up all eyes will be on the push for the top eight. Matej Zagar passed up on the opportunity to make his place for next year a certainty through the GP challenge meeting. Zagar is currently 7th on 92 points with Gollob four points behind in 8th.
    With youngster Darcy Ward just 11 points off Gollob any mistakes from either one of these riders could alter their fate for next year.
    Kim Nilsson has been given the wildcard race jacket for tomorrows GP. This will be the 23 years old world championships debut. However the Lakeside Hammers youngster has won a bronze at under-21 level in the world cup in 2008.
    Fellow countryman Freddie Lindgren who is currently out of the top eight automatic place for next year on 73 points will be hoping for a big display in front of his home crowd.
    The Wolves rider is the highest placed Swede with Andreas Jonsson and Antonio Lindback down in 14th and 15th respectively after both suffering a GP season to forget.
    Track reserve Fredrik Engman who lives in Stockholm was recently crowned under-21 Swedish champion ahead of fellow reserve Olvier Berntzon. The temporary track makes for a level playing field tomorrow night where getting the right set up and big points early on will be vital as track degradation is unknown and could cause problems in the later stages of the meeting.
    LINE UP.
    Heat 1: G Hancock, F. Lindgren, A. Lindback, m. Vaculik.
    Heat 2: T. Gollob, M. Zagar, A. Jonsson, T. Woffinden.
    Heat 3: N. Pedersen, L. Madsen, K. Kasprzak, A. Dryml.
    Heat 4: D. Ward, K. Nilsson, NK. Iversen, J. Hampel.
    Heat 5: J. Hampel, G. Hancock, T. Gollob, K. Kasprzak
    Heat 6: K. Nilsson, N. Pedersen, F. Lindgren, A. Jonsson
    Heat 7: L. Madsen, D. Ward, M Zagar, A. Lindback
    Heat 8: M. Vaculik, T. Woffinden, A. Dyrml, NK. Iversen
    Heat 9: A. Jonsson, NK. Iversen, G. Hancock, L. Madsen
    Heat 10: A. Dryml, T. Gollob, D. Ward, F. Lindgren
    Heat 11: T. Woffinden, K. Kasprzak, A. Lindback, K. Nilsson
    Heat 12: J. Jampel, M. Vaculik, N. Pedersen, M. Zagar
    Heat 13: M. Zagar, A. Dryml, K. Nilsson, G. Hancock
    Heat 14: F. Lindgren, J. Hampel, T. Woffinden, L. Madsen
    Heat 15: NK. Iversen, A. Lindback, N. Pedersen, T. Gollob
    Heat 16: K. Kasprzak, A. Jonsson, M, Vaculik, D. Ward
    Heat 17: G. Hancock, T. Woffinden, D. Ward, N. Pedersen
    Heat 18: K. Kasprzak, F. Lindgren, M. Zagar, NK. Iversen
    Heat 19: A. Lindback, A. Dryml. J. Hampel, A. Jonsson
    Heat 20: T. Gollob, K. Nilsson, L. Madsen, M. Vaculik
    Semi 1
    Semi 2

      Slovenian GP Preview Speedway 2013

      grid speedwayTai Woffinden has been handed a great opportunity to extend his three point lead in the GP standings as a huge question mark hangs over Emil Sayfutdinovs chances to appear again this season. Lee Madsen is stepping to replace Sayfutdinov in Krsko, Slovenian.
      Woffinden took the lead in the standings in the last GP in Latvia capitalising on Sayfutdinov missing out on a semi-final place. The 23 year old British Champion is on course to be the first British World Champion since Mark Loram in 2000 in what truly has been a dream season for the Scunthorpe rider.
      Emil came into grief last Saturday during play-off semi-final between Torun and Sayfutdinovs Czestochowa in the Polish Ekstraliga. It is reported that the Russian has only a slim chance of riding again this season however the full extent of his injuries are being kept quite by his management.
      This means that Jarek Hampel also has a gifted chance to close the 18 point gap between himself in third and current second place Sayfutdinov.
      The pressure is off Niels-Kristian Iversen and Krzysztof Kasprzak for the rest of the GP series as they have already qualified for next years series through the Grand Prix challenge which took place at Poole August bank Holiday.
      Iversen is currently 5th in the standings while Kasprzak is outside of the top eight cut off point. However Iversen could find himself chasing a medal with three GPs to go as he is just six points off Hampel.
      Kenneth Bjerre has also secured a place in next years GP series, Bjerre had a dismal season last year suffering a broken leg in three places while riding in the elite league for Peterborough Panthers.
      2009 was the last time a GP was held at the Matije Gubca Stadium where Emil Sayfutdinov found himself standing on the top step of the podium. Tomas Gollob has been struggling for form in the GP’s this year is currently in 9th in the standings below injured Chris Holder finished on the third step of the podium four years ago.
      With the Poole Pirates play-off push in full swing for both Darcy Ward and Greg Hancock both are in top form going into this weekend scoring big points for the English side. Hancock racked up nine points in 2009.
      This is the first time 21 year old Darcy Ward will face this track, however after coming back from his injury Ward has won one GP and came second in another giving him confidence to continue this form. Despite being the new kid on the block as well as having spent months on the sidelines with a broken shoulder Ward is within touching distance of the top eight on 68 points.
      While Slovenian, Matej Zagar, is the current record holder of the 387 meter track with a time of 64.75 seconds
      Krister Gardell is the referee for tomorrows meeting which will start at 6.00pm British time (7.00pm local time). Aleksander Conda makes up the 16 rider line-up as the evenings wildcard with Matic Voldrih and Denis Stojs the track reserves.

      Heat 1: M Zagar; J Hampel; G Hancock; L Madsen.
      Heat 2: T Gollob; F Lindgren; A Lindback; A Jonsson.
      Heat 3: A Conda; D Ward; N Pedersen; T Woffinden.
      Heat 4: NK Iversen; M Vaculik; A Dryml; K Kasprzak.
      Heat 5: K Kasprzak; M Zagar; T Gollob; N Pedersen.
      Heat 6: M Vaculik; a Conda; J Hampel; A Lindback
      Heat 7: D Ward; NK Iversen; F Lindgren; G Hancock
      Heat 8: L Madsen; A Jonsson; T Woffinden; A Dryml
      Heat 9: A Lindback; A Dryml; M Zagar; D Ward
      Heat 10: T Woffinden; T Gollob; NK Iversen; J Hampel
      Heat 11: A Jonsson; N Pedersen; G Hancock; M Vaculik
      Heat 12: K Kasprzak; L Madsen; A Conda; F Lindgren
      Heat 13: F Lindgren; T Woffinden; M Vaculik; M Zagar
      Heat 14: J Hampel; K Kasprzak; A Jonsson; D Ward
      Heat 15: A Dryml; G Hancock; A Conda; T Gollob;
      Heat 16: N Pedersen; A Lindback; L Madsen; NK Iversen
      Heat 17: M Zagar; A Jonsson; NK Iversen; A Conda
      Heat 18; N Pedersen; J Hampel; F Lindgren; A Dryml
      Heat 19: G Hancock; T Woffinden; K Kasprzak; A Lindback
      Heat 20: T Gollob; M Vaculik; D Ward; L Madsen.

        Speedway World Cup Race Off Preview 2013

        grid speedwayWith events one and two out of the way all focus is now on the Race Off and which nation will fill the last remaining place in Saturdays World Cup Final. Seeded Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark make up three of the final places, leaving Australia, Great Britain, Latvia and United States of America to battle it out Thursday night.

        Great Britain team manager Neil Middleditch has decided to make two team changes for the race off bringing in Ben Barker and Lewis Bridger in place of Craig Cook and Edward Kennett. Both riders struggled in event two scoring just five points between them.

        Tai Woffinden will be hoping to produce a similar performance to his grand prix win at the Marketa Stadium in May this year. Woffinden also set the current track record around the 353 metre  track of 62.33 seconds on the same night.

        Bringing in Barker and Bridger adds more firepower to the team and better starting ability. Bridger has been riding exceptionally for ZKS Row Rybnik. Ben Barker has also endured an outstanding few months with Elite League side Birmingham rarely scoring less that double figures both home and away.

        It is rumoured that Australian team manager Mark Lemon is also making team changes reportedly replacing Davey Watt with either Cameron Woodward or Dakota North.

        Australia have made the World Cup final three times out of the last four years all of which they have won a silver medal. In comparison, Team GB have only made the final once in the last four years finishing fourth in 2010 behind Poland, Denmark and Sweden correspondingly.

        Latvia and the United States of America are surprise inclusions in Thursdays Race Off after seeing off heavily depleted Russia and Sweden teams in events one and two respectively. However their hard work and team effort in reaching the Race Off means that they do not have to qualify for the World Cup next year.

        Both Latvia and USA are going to name the same teams for the Race Off as their events. With this, it looks set to be a two horsed race between Australia and GB for the last place in the final. It should also be an exciting contest between Latvia and USA for the minor places in most heats.

          Speedway World Cup Event 2 Monday 15 July 2013

          7159559639_fa82795e09_z[1]Event two of the Speedway World Cup sees Great Britain host Denmark, Sweden and USA at the Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn on Monday night.
          Anders Secher was spoilt for choice when it came to selecting his top four riders. Denmark are defending World Cup champions and two current Grand Prix stars, a former Grand Prix star who only missed this season after being injured last season and a rising star who has the capability to be future multiple world champion it is clear Denmark have a good chance on retaining their title.
          Current Kings Lynn number one Niels-Kristian Iversen has sensibly been made captain by Secher over Nicki Pedersen. Iversen’s in-depth knowledge of the track will come of great value to youngster Michael Jepsen Jensen who hasn’t had much experience in Britain.
          Three times world individual champion Nicki Pedersen was an easy choice for Secher to make. Currently fifth in the world on 71 points the 36 year old will be hoping to add a fourth world cup winners medal to his collection.
          Michael Jepsen Jensen can be classed as the least experienced of the Danish side. The former under-21 world champion has a very bright future ahead of him having already won the Nordic Grand Prix in Vojens last year.
          Kenneth Bjerre is the final rider in the Danish line up, after a year to forget last year where he broke his leg in a nasty crash with Jerk Hampel, the 2010 Danish champion is back with the Peterborough panthers and has got his career back on track.
          Great Britain:
          Team boss Neil Middleditch has created a talking point amongst British fans with the inclusion of Edward Kennett. However, the 26 year old is keen to prove his critics wrong. Chris Harris captains the side in the number one spot. Harris has been able to focus on his league racing and confidence by not competing in the Grand Prix series.
          Edward Kennett started the season brightly for new club Swindon although in the past month has struggled with form for the Robins. British fans have voiced their opinion about Kennett and feel that there are younger just as talented riders who deserve a chance. Based on his two appearances at the Norfolk Arena this season scoring eight paid ten and six Kennett has decent knowledge of the track.
          Key man in the Great Britain side is undoubtedly Tai Woffinden; the 22 year old is currently second in the grand prix standings and is current British Champion. Woffinden has stepped up to the world scene and took it by storm making three grand prix finals winning one and coming third in another.
          The Batard Sparta Worclaw rider has certainly been a man leading by example for British riders such as Craig Cook and Ashley Birks. Cook, 26, has the honour of filling the fourth team place within team GB. The Edinburgh Monarchs and Belle Vue rider fully deserves this opportunity on the world stage after reaching the final of the British final this year and reeling in the points for both teams.
          It was always going to be an uphill struggle for team manager Bo Wirebrand and his Swedish national side as they going into the World Cup without Grand Prix stars Fredrik Lindgren and Andreas Jonsson.
          Daniel Nermark who rode for the Kings Lynn Stars as recent as 2012 so his knowledge of the Norfolk Arena will be important to the rest of the Swedish side’s performance. Nermark is joined by Peter Ljung who is captaining the side.
          Ljung, 31, was part of the 2003 World Cup winning side and has had his fair share of experience on the world stage after finishing 14th in the 2012 grand prix standing on 57 points. With Denis Andersson and Jonas Davidsson make up the final two places.
          On paper it has to be said that the USA have weakest side of event two despite having former two times World Champion Greg Hancock in their side. Over the past twenty years American speedway has declined rapidly.
          Hancock, at the ripe age of 43 is still able to mix it with the best in the world finishing third in the standings last year. Though the Americans are not expected to progress any further, riding in a world meeting on this scale with Hancock and the 1996 World Champion as their manager will provide Wells and Manzares with valuable skill and understanding of the sport to take with them in to their future.
          Ryan Fisher, another Peterborough Panthers rider, is captaining the American team accompanied by 19 year old Gino Manzares, Ricky Wells and Hancock. Wells who was born in New Zealand is a former two times Under 21 National Champion who has a bright future ahead of him in the sport.
          Though Hamill has taken a more reserved role on the world scale back in America he still enjoys racing having been crowned the US National Champion last year.

          The second and third teams will again go through to Thursday’s race off where only the top team on the night will make the final.

            Speedway World Cup Preview 2013

            The 2013 7159559639_fa82795e09_z[1], a week where the best riders from seven nations battle it out for the World Team Cup crown.  This is the second year of the new World Cup format meaning that the final host nation Czech Republic have been handed an automatic place in the final on 20th July.

            Round one takes place in Czestochowa, Poland, Saturday (13th) between Australia, Latvia, Poland and Russia.


            A nation far short of talented speedway riders, could have named numerous teams all capable of winning the World Cup. Troy Batchelor captains the side after current individual world champion and obvious choice for the role Chris Holder is out after suffering multiple injuries in a horrific crash at Coventry last Friday. Holder suffered a broken shoulder, hip and heel.

            Batchelor, 25, who rides for Swindon in the Elite League and is the 2013 Australian Champion, has served his role as the Robins number one scoring well in most meetings as well as abroad.

            Darcy Ward who himself has not long come back after suffering a badly broken shoulder is still on top form despite the lengthy time on the sidelines having won his first Grand Prix.

            Davey Watt and Jason Doyle make up the final places of the Australian team. Watt adds the experience to the side as the oldest member at 35. Doyle, 27, has been scoring well for Birmingham, however has been under the radar due to his fellow countrymen in Ward, Holder and recent times Batchelor who have excelled around him. On the other hand, Doyle has the adequate ability to be able to propel Australia into the race off if not further.


            On paper, are a lot weaker than the other three nations in this round. However Latvia appears to be a nation rising in the world of speedway and could be vital in taking points off the likes of Poland or Australia in their push to go straight through to the final.

            Kasts Puodzuks has the honour of captaining his side; the 2007 Latvian champion has made two appearances on the world stage in the Grand Prix, once in 2006 where he scored four points and again a year later where he scored one.

            The more known name of the Latvian side, Andzejs Lebedevs, is part of the Elite League Kings Lynn side. The 18 year old has impressed so far in his three meetings and has twice exceeded his 4.50 average.

            Maksims Bogdanovs and Vjaceslans Giruckis both 24 years of age make up the other two places in the mostly unknown Latvian team.


            Five times world cup winner Tomasz Gollob is captaining his polish side alongside a very strong Polish side with a large amount of experience; look strong enough to be a serious contender for the title. With three grand prix stars and Poole Pirates star Maciej Janowski completing the line up.

            Joining the 2010 World Champion is 31 year old Jarek Hampel. Hampel has bounced back from a serious leg break in 2012 and is currently the highest places Polish rider sitting fourth in the standings on 72 points.

            With Kasprzak and Janowski into the bargain there is no doubt that the Polish team is very strong and with the added influence of being in their own back yard with thousands of fans boosting their confidence they will be a hard team to stop.


            Russia has faced a biter blow when current Grand Prix series leader Emil Sayfutdinov has pulled out of the meeting due to his broken foot. Through the star did ride in the last Grand Prix he felt a break would be better for him in the long run.

            This is a double blow in the sense that Czestochowa is Sayfutdinovs home track in the Polish league meaning his track knowledge could have proved pivotal in the result of the meeting. Similar to Latvia, Russia are an up and coming nation on the speedway scene with Sayfutdinov leading the charge.

            Artem and Greg Laguta have also withdrawn from the meeting for reasons unknown. With the lack of the top three riders Russia is much depleted having originally been tipped as contenders to lift the trophy in a week’s time.

            Viktor Kulakov is the replacement for Sayfutidinov. He is joined by Vladimir Borodulin, Ilya Chalov and Captain Andrey Kudryashov.

            The team who finishes top on Saturday will join Czech Republic in the final with the second and third placed teams going through to the race off on Thursday in Prague.

              Copenhagen Speedway GP Preview Saturday 30 June 2013.

              7159559639_fa82795e09_z[1]Emil Sayfutdinov will be aiming to extend his 11 point lead at the top of the Speedway Grand Prix standings this weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 23 year old Russian has already claimed three victories in the 2013 GP campaign.

              Tai Woffinden, Sayfutdinov’s nearest challenger finished third in Prague two weeks ago with a broken collar bone. So far the 2013 season has been a season to remember for the 22 year old after being crowned British Champion, and with his exceptional meeting in the Czech Republic has proved just how much the Scunthorpe born rider has developed and matured since 2010.

              This will be the first grand prix since Czech Republic, 18th May where all 15 original riders will take part with the return of Australia’s Darcy Ward. Ward crashed out in Gothenburg and has suffered two months on the sidelines with a badly broken shoulder.
              The former under-21 world champion made his return earlier this week for his Swedish team Dackarna. Scoring 11+1, Ward demonstrated he is still on form prior to his accident.

              Track record holder Nicki Pedersen (54.02 seconds), who is still suffering problems with his broken arm after colliding with Woffinden in Sweden four rounds ago, as well as Niels Kristian-Iversen will be aiming to break the curse of the Danes at the Parken stadium.

              The only Danish rider to win at the 274 meter track was wildcard Hans Andersen in 2006 with Pedersen managing two consecutive second places in 2007 and 2008.
              Rising star Michael Jepsen Jenson has been handed the wild card for Saturday’s meeting. The 21 year old knows exactly what it takes to succeed in a meeting of this calibre as the outgoing Under-21 world champion was victorious in the 2012 Nordic GP.

              Grand Prix old boys Tomasz Gollob and Greg Hancock notably put on an exceptional display at the Parken Curcuit as Gollob, 42, has reached the final five times out of the last six years and Hancock, 43, three times out of the last five.

              23 year old Swindon Robins rider Peter Kildemand and Peterborough Panthers Kenni Larsen, 25, have been named as the track reserves.
              With a capacity just short of 30 thousand the Parken stadium will be set alight from 7:00pm local time (6:00pm British time).

                Speedway Poole Pirates v Swindon Robins Grand Final Preview

                Another first for Betting Portal, find below our first Speedway preview, and also to introduce our Speedway expert Rebecca James who is previewing the Elite League Grand Final, Second Leg between Poole Pirates and Swindon Robins.

                Defending Elite League champions Poole Pirates take on the Swindon Robins tonight at Wimborne Road. (7.30pm). The Robins are taking a 7 point lead into tonight’s second leg after a 51-44 victory at the Abbey Stadium last Monday.
                However Poole are still odds on to be victorious again with backing the pirates 4/6 with Swindon the under dogs at 11/10.
                Poole have a good strength team at their disposal as polish international Krzysztof Kasprzak clinched top spot in the Grand Prix challenge and fans favourite Darcy Ward has been given an opportunity on the world stage with a wild card.

                Pirate’s fans will turn out in their hundreds to welcome home the newly crowned world individual speedway champion Chris Holder.

                The Australian secured the title in the last Grand Prix of the season seeing off strong challenges from three time world champion Nicki Pedersen.
                But Alun Rossiter will be hoping that his Robins will have enough experience to conquer the push from the Pirates in what would be the biggest success in the highest level of speedway since 1967.

                Swindon are unchanged from the first leg however Poole have brought in up-and-coming star Ludvig Lindgren and in place of Sam Masters. The Pirates have also brought in Eklof in place of Kyke Howarth who is riding on permier league duty.

                Both sides will be raring to go in what should be an action packed fast and furious meeting down on the south coast.

                How the teams line Up

                Poole Pirates: Darcy Ward, Ricky Kling, Chris Holder, Piotr Pawlicki (R/R), Krzysztof Kasprzak, Ludvig Lindgren, Linus Eklof.

                Swindon, Hans Andersen, Nick Morris, Peter Kildemand, Simon Stead, Troy Batchelor, Sebastian Alden, Dawid Lampart.#

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