The starting line-ups for the opening rounds of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup at King’s Lynn and Vastervik have been confirmed
July 16, 2014
The following is an industry press release...
Six FIM Speedway Grand Prix
regulars race in Event 1 at King’s Lynn’s Norfolk Arena on Saturday, July 26.
World champion Tai Woffinden
leads Team Great Britain into action against Australia, the United States and
The World Championship
frontrunner, who finished second at Saturday’s Mitas British SGP in Cardiff, is
joined in the Lions’ red helmet colours by SGP rival and triple British
champion Chris Harris. In-form Leicester and Sheffield rider Simon Stead and Newcastle
racer Danny King complete the home team.
They take on an Aussie side,
featuring all three of the nation’s SGP stars – 2012 world champion Chris
Holder, double World Under-21 champion Darcy Ward and Danish SGP runner-up Troy
Batchelor. This year’s Aussie Championship silver medallist Jason Doyle rounds
off a quartet, which will ride in blue.
World Championship challenger
Greg Hancock is back to lead the USA team he inspired to a record-equalling
fifth place in last season’s Monster Energy SWC. He teams up with Wolverhampton
rider Ricky Wells, World Under-21 finalist Gino Manzares and debutant Max Ruml.
The Americans race in white.
And the Italians, who ride in
yellow at King’s Lynn after winning the qualifying round on home shale at
Terenzano on July 5, track former Italian SGP wild card Nicolas Covatti, Mattia
Carpanese, Michele Paco Castagna and Nicolas Vicentin.
Event 2 sees Swedish champ
Andreas Jonsson lead his country’s bid for Monster Energy SWC Final
qualification on home shale at Vastervik on Tuesday, July 29.
He rides in yellow alongside
GP Challenge finalist Tomas H Jonasson, Vastervik hero and former SGP star
Peter Ljung and young gun Oliver Berntzon, who earns his national team bow
after a sensational start to his 2014 season.
The Danes line up in white
with Vastervik rider Hans Andersen as skipper. He teams up with fellow two-time
SWC winner Bjarne Pedersen, who spent years racing his Swedish Elitserien home
meetings at the Stena Arena. Danish SGP finalist Peter Kildemand and Mads
Korneliussen complete the four.
Last year’s Monster Energy
SWC sensations Latvia in blue are spearheaded by former World Under-21 finalist
Andzejs Lebedevs. He joins forces with 2010 World Under-21 bronze medallist
Maksims Bogdanovs, Kasts Puodzuks and Jevgenijs Kostigovs.
And 2013 Monster Energy SWC
Final hosts, the Czech Republic, complete the field for Event 2 in red. They
are led by talented Czech SGP wild card Vaclav Milik – their new national
speedway hero. He’s joined by former SGP veteran Ales Dryml, Josef Franc and
The top nations in Events 1
and 2 qualify for the Monster Energy SWC Final at Polish track Bydgoszcz on
August 2, where they will join host country Poland.
The fourth spot in that
meeting will be claimed by the winner of the Race Off, which also takes place
at Bydgoszcz’s ZKS Polonia Stadium on July 31. One of world speedway’s most
fiercely contested events, it features the second and third-placed teams from
King’s Lynn and Vastervik.
MONSTER ENERGY SWC
DRAW AND LINE-UPS:
EVENT 1, KING’S LYNN,
RED – GREAT BRITAIN
2 Danny King
3 Chris Harris
4 Simon Stead
Team Manager: Alun Rossiter
BLUE – AUSTRALIA
2 Jason Doyle
3 Troy Batchelor
4 Chris Holder (captain)
Team Manager: Mark Lemon
WHITE – UNITED STATES
2 Gino Manzares
3 Max Ruml
4 Ricky Wells
Team Manager: Billy Hamill
YELLOW – ITALY
2 Nicolas Vicentin
3 Michele Paco Castagna
4 Nicolas Covatti
Team Manager: Alessandro
EVENT 2, VASTERVIK,
RED – CZECH REPUBLIC
2 Ales Dryml (captain)
3 Josef Franc
4 Eduard Krcmar
Team Manager: Milan Spinka
BLUE – LATVIA
2 Kasts Puodzuks
3 Andzejs Lebedevs
4 Jevgenijs Kostigovs
Team Manager: Vladimirs
WHITE – DENMARK
2 Bjarne Pedersen
3 Peter Kildemand
4 Mads Korneliussen
Team Manager: Anders Secher
YELLOW – SWEDEN
1 Tomas H
2 Oliver Berntzon
3 Peter Ljung
4 Andreas Jonsson (captain)