BEWLEY HEADS FOR BEN FUND BONANZA AS DOUBLE FIM SON WORLD CHAMPION

Great Britain hero Dan Bewley was elated to find a way past Belle Vue teammate Brady Kurtz and Jack Holder as he broke Aussie hearts and snatched gold for his country in the FIM Speedway of Nations Final on Saturday.The Cumbrian heads to his local track Workington (3pm start today) for the Ben Fund Bonanza – an annual event in aid of the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund, a UK-based charity which supports riders temporarily or permanently sidelined by track crashes.It will be his first event as a double FIM SON world champion after he blazed under the Australian duo to join Robert Lambert at the front as GB won the Grand Final 7-2, sending the National Speedway Stadium wild.His Speedway GP rival Holder worked overtime to help Kurtz engineer an opening on the second lap, bringing both riders into second and third place, which would have been enough for the Roos to retain the FIM SON world title they won at Danish track Vojens in 2022.But with Kurtz and Holder pushing wide on bend three, Bewley instantly cut back to rocket up the inside for second place and create more history in Manchester.He said: “It’s always a tough one; especially with this points system, with four points for the win and you can’t finish last. I was behind Jack and it’s such a tough sport. Obviously, he wanted to slow me and help Brady out.“I know Brady is quick around here and I put myself in a couple of bad spots, expecting Brady to come through. I went to the back, but I managed to get through.“Credit to those boys for getting to the final. It was such a good night on the track with some great racing. It was awesome to get the win.”Bewley ran two last places in his opening heats but admits a change of bike solved the problem as the first one turned into a bucking bronco.“The first bike nearly flipped me three times in my second one,” he said. “I’ve never had that happen before. Once took me by surprise; I thought ‘surely not’ the second time, and then I was just thinking ‘what’s happening here?!’”Today sees Bewley take on a stellar line-up in his native Cumbria to raise cash for the sport’s injured stars. He is joined in the line-up by fellow Speedway GP rider Jan Kvech, plus former British champions Craig Cook, Adam Ellis, Danny King and Charles Wright, as well as German international Norick Blodorn, who helped his country to fourth place last night – its best FIM Speedway world team result since 1997.SRBF Chairman Paul Ackroyd hopes fans will flock to Northside – Britain’s newest racetrack for exciting afternoon.He said: “Today’s event is a vital source of income for our charity, and the Ben Fund Bonanza has become one of the major events in the British Speedway calendar.“This weekend is the only time when there is very little speedway here in the UK and Poland, so it made sense to tag on to the SON event in Manchester and offer travelling fans the opportunity of taking in both events.“Sadly, we have recently seen injuries to Danny King who missed over a month of racing, but we are delighted to have him back today, and also others on the injured list include Jason Doyle, Rory Schlein and Tai Woffinden, and more recently Tate Zischke, who was due to appear today. Our thoughts and best wishes are with those riders.”

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TRACK TELEPATHY EARNS GREAT BRITAIN FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS WORLD TITLE GOLD IN MANCHESTER

Great Britain captain Robert Lambert admits his track telepathy with Dan Bewley helped the Lions storm to an epic FIM Speedway of Nations world-title triumph in Manchester on Saturday evening.Just 24 hours ahead of England’s UEFA Euro 2024 final showdown with Spain in Berlin, GB’s dynamic duo got the weekend off to a golden start when they defeated Australia 7-2 in the Grand Final, with Bewley blazing under Roos pair Jack Holder and Brady Kurtz to join Lambert at the front and take the roof off the National Speedway Stadium.A famous victory comes less than three years since Lambert and Bewley joined forces to end Britain’s 32-year wait for a world team title at the last FIM SON Final staged in Manchester in October 2021. The Brits have now finished in the world’s top two for the last four seasons on the bounce and Lambert admits his on-track understanding with Bewley, who races for Manchester host club Belle Vue, made all the difference as they grabbed gold in the ultimate test of team riding. 

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GREAT BRITAIN WINS FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS WORLD TITLE IN MANCHESTER THRILLER

Great Britain won its second FIM Speedway of Nations world title in three years in front of an elated home crowd in Manchester on Saturday evening as runners-up Australia and third-placed Sweden completed the podium.  The Lions’ FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars Dan Bewley and Robert Lambert took their country to FIM SON glory – repeating their 2021 triumph at the National Speedway Stadium and extending the nation’s run of four straight seasons in the world’s top two.  The British pair stormed to gold with an epic 7-2 win over Australia in the Grand Final, with Bewley blazing under Aussie duo Jack Holder and Brady Kurtz to join Lambert at the front as they were roared home by the Manchester crowd. Australia finished on top after 21 heats with 36 points after stellar performances from Holder and Kurtz earned them an automatic place in the Grand Final. GB finished second on the score chart with 35 to earn a spot in the Grand Final Qualifier alongside Sweden, who finished third on 27.Despite a win from Fredrik Lindgren, it was not enough to deny GB a shot at gold in the Grand Final as they sealed a 5-4 heat advantage, before seeing off Australia to avenge their Grand Final loss against the Roos at the 2022 FIM SON Final in Vojens, Denmark.

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GB SKIPPER LAMBERT EYES PEAK PERFORMANCE FOR FIM SON FINAL SHOWDOWN

Great Britain captain Robert Lambert is determined to make sure his side peaks at the perfect moment to regain their FIM Speedway of Nations world title in Saturday’s Final at Manchester's National Speedway Stadium.Lambert reunites with Dan Bewley and Tom Brennan as GB track three of the riders who ended the nation’s 32-year wait for a world team title at the FIM SON Final in Manchester in October 2021.They go into Saturday’s showdown without injured three-time Speedway GP world champion Tai Woffinden, who is recovering from surgery on a broken elbow. But having won the title without their talisman on day two of the 2021 Final, the Brits are still tipped among the favourites to win gold.The Lions take on Sweden, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Australia and Latvia at the National Speedway Stadium in a meeting, featuring nine Speedway GP riders. Along with Lambert and Bewley, the line-up includes four-time Speedway GP world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik of Poland, his teammate Dominik Kubera, Denmark’s European champion Mikkel Michelsen, Sweden’s world No.2 Fredrik Lindgren, German star Kai Huckenbeck, Aussie ace Jack Holder and Latvian racer Andzejs Lebedevs.The seven teams meet over 21 heats, with the top-scoring nation qualifying for the Grand Final. The second and third-placed teams line up in the Grand Final Qualifier, battling it out for the last spot in the Grand Final. The winner of that final showdown will be crowned FIM SON world champions for 2024.Lambert has raced in three FIM SON Grand Finals – more than any other rider – winning one in Manchester in 2021 and taking the silver medals in Wroclaw, Poland in 2018 and Vojens, Denmark in 2022. While he’s determined to ensure the Brits pile up the points over the first 21 heats, he knows only a heat advantage in the Grand Final will deliver gold for GB as he backs his side to manage the pressure of competing as one of the favourites. 

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POLAND SECURES SENSATIONAL 17TH UNDER-21 WORLD TEAM TITLE IN MANCHESTER

Polish Under-21 captain Wiktor Przyjemski admits teamwork made Poland’s FIM Speedway of Nations – SON2 dream work as they landed a sensational 17th FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship in Manchester on Friday.Poland picked up their 11th straight gold medal on 41 points over an epic 28-heat showdown which saw Sweden pip Australia to the silver medals on countback after they tied on 38 points, with the Swedes winning the countries’ head-to-head battle 5-4 in heat 20.Hosts Great Britain were also firmly in the medal mix, taking fourth place on 35 in one of the all-time great FIM Team Speedway Under-21 events, with Denmark fifth on 31, Germany sixth on 29, Czech Republic seventh on 21 and Latvia eighth on 17.Poland produced a consistent performance throughout the heats on a wet Manchester track, which tested the sport’s top young riders in the early stages of the contest but delivered some epic action.No.2 Bartosz Banbor scored 22 points with Przyjemski notching 19. The pair race together for Polish club Lublin, and skipper Przyjemski admits an understanding forged in the colours of the PGE Ekstraliga champions paid dividends for their country as he won his third SON2 gold medal in as many years. 

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