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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 Italy.

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 Eduard Krcmar.

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, GREAT BRITAIN

RED – GREAT BRITAIN

    1 Tai Woffinden (captain)
    2 Danny King
    3 Chris Harris
    4 Simon Stead

Team Manager: Alun Rossiter

BLUE – AUSTRALIA

    1 Darcy Ward
    2 Jason Doyle
    3 Troy Batchelor
    4 Chris Holder (captain)

Team Manager: Mark Lemon

WHITE – UNITED STATES

    1 Greg Hancock (captain)
    2 Gino Manzares
    3 Max Ruml
    4 Ricky Wells

Team Manager: Billy Hamill

YELLOW – ITALY

    1 Mattia Carpanese (captain)
    2 Nicolas Vicentin
    3 Michele Paco Castagna
    4 Nicolas Covatti

Team Manager: Alessandro Dalla Valle

EVENT 2, VASTERVIK, SWEDEN

RED – CZECH REPUBLIC

    1 Vaclav Milik
    2 Ales Dryml (captain)
    3 Josef Franc
    4 Eduard Krcmar

Team Manager: Milan Spinka

BLUE – LATVIA

    1 Maksims Bogdanovs (captain)
    2 Kasts Puodzuks
    3 Andzejs Lebedevs
    4 Jevgenijs Kostigovs

Team Manager: Vladimirs Ribnikovs

WHITE – DENMARK

    1 Hans Andersen (captain)
    2 Bjarne Pedersen
    3 Peter Kildemand
    4 Mads Korneliussen

Team Manager: Anders Secher

YELLOW – SWEDEN

    1 Tomas H Jonasson
    2 Oliver Berntzon
    3 Peter Ljung
    4 Andreas Jonsson (captain)

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