SEC SET FOR PARDUBICE FINALE

PAUL BURBIDGE

One of the 2023 FIM Speedway Grand Prix riders will be confirmed in Pardubice on September 23 as this year’s Speedway European Championship concludes on the legendary Golden Helmet weekend.

The dates for the 2022 SEC series have been revealed, with the competition opening at Polish track Rybnik on July 2, before heading to German venue Gustrow on August 6.

Round three takes place at Polish First Division team Lodz’s stunning home on September 3, before the action concludes at Czech track Pardubice.

The winner of the 2022 SEC series will be guaranteed a place in the 2023 Speedway GP World Championship. The first three qualifiers will be revealed at the GP Challenge in Glasgow on August 20, with the top six from this season’s Speedway GP standings and five wild cards completing the line-up.

Reigning champion Mikkel Michelsen of Denmark will defend his European title, and he is joined by fellow top-five finishers Leon Madsen, Patryk Dudek, Piotr Pawlicki and Dan Bewley.

More riders will join the field via the SEC qualifiers, which conclude with the SEC Challenge at Slovenian venue Krsko on June 18. The line-up will be completed by wild-card selections.

Pardubice is staging round four as part of its iconic Golden Helmet event, one of world speedway’s biggest open meetings, which takes place on Sunday, September 25, with the Golden Ribbon on the Saturday for the under-21 stars.

The city previously hosted the final round of the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship. But that competition has now been revamped as SGP2 and will wrap up on September 30 in Torun – 24 hours before the Speedway GP stars go racing.

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