2024 FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS STARTING LINE-UPS REVEALED

The starting line-ups have been confirmed for the 2024 FIM Speedway of Nations Semi-Finals in Manchester on Tuesday and Wednesday. Fifteen countries will compete in the ultimate test of team riding at Britain’s National Speedway Stadium in a bid to be crowned FIM Speedway world team champions for 2024.Hosts Great Britain famously won the FIM SON world title when Manchester last staged the event in 2021 – ending a 32-year run without a world team championship win. They will bid to regain the crown they lost to Australia at Danish venue Vojens in 2022, with the Lions seeded straight through to the Final on Saturday, July 13 as host nation. The GB starting line-up will be selected following the two Semi-Finals, with Speedway GP stars Robert Lambert, Dan Bewley and the injured Tai Woffinden named in their five-rider squad alongside FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff wild card Tom Brennan and former British champion Adam Ellis.Fourteen countries will compete for six spots alongside GB in the FIM SON Final, with Poland lining up in Semi-Final 1 on Tuesday July 9, taking on 2022 bronze medallists Sweden, former finalists Finland, France, and Germany, with Italy and Ukraine completing the line-up. Champions Australia compete in Semi-Final 2 on Wednesday, July 10, meeting 2020 and 2021 bronze medallists Denmark, former finalists Czech Republic and Latvia, with USA, Slovenia and Norway also in action.The top two countries from each Semi-Final automatically join GB in the FIM SON Final, with the third and fourth-placed teams competing in a Final Qualifier for one last place in the Saturday showdown.Each national team manager has named a two-rider starting line-up at No.1 and No.2, with the option to select a reserve rider at No.3, who can replace riders No.1 and No.2 at any time of their choosing.

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DOYLE: RECOVERY FULLY ON TRACK

Aussie icon Jason Doyle says his recovery from rotator cuff surgery is “fully on track” as he plans to race Down Under in December.Doyle’s season was ended when he crashed out of British club Ipswich’s Rowe Motor Oil Premiership match at King’s Lynn on Thursday, May 23, clearing the safety fence and suffering four broken ribs and a lung contusion.But it was a torn rotator cuff that forced him to go under the knife, leaving him with a four-to-six-month recovery spell.Posting on Instagram on Wednesday, Doyle gave a positive update about his recovery and hopes to return to racing for the Aussie summer season. He wrote: “Now all the scans and X-rays are over, and I am fully on track with recovery! “The list of injuries outweighs my achievements. I had a few added to the list after the last scans in Poland. I’m happy to finally start my recovery.“I have decided to race back in Australia at the end of December at the Speedway Masters in Mildura plus a few more individuals to be confirmed! “I hope to be back racing in a few months, so at the moment, I will enjoy family life and things I haven’t done in a summer for 19 years! “Thank you for all the support and encouragement with my return to racing. Much respect to my clubs for their understanding of the situation.”It is unclear if Doyle’s tour Down Under will include the four-round Australian Championship series, which gets underway at Gillman on January 3 and visits Mildura on January 5 and Albury-Wodonga on January 8, before climaxing at the Darcy Ward-promoted North Brisbane venue on January 11.Everyone involved in FIM Speedway wishes Doyle continued success with his recovery.

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ELITSERIEN | SIX-RIDE MAX FOR ZMARZLIK IN SWEDEN

Polish racer Bartosz Zmarzlik powered to a 17 paid 18-point maximum for Lejonen as they stormed to a 45-43 victory away to Piraterna in the Bauhaus Elitserien on Tuesday.Zmarzlik is in red-hot form as he hopes to lead Poland into the FIM Speedway of Nations in Manchester next week. He was supported by nine paid 10 from Swedish star Oliver Berntzon and eight paid nine from SGP2 champion Mateusz Cierniak, with Speedway GP star Dominik Kubera scoring six.Polish international Piotr Pawlicki scored 10 paid 11 points for Piraterna, with his brother Przemyslaw notching nine paid 10.Former Speedway GP world champion Artem Laguta made his Bauhaus Elitserien comeback with Rospiggarna. But his 14-point haul was not enough to save them from a 45-44 loss away to Smederna.Swedish international Kim Nilsson led the Eskilstuna side to victory on 11 paid 12, with Aussie champion Rohan Tungate scoring 11 and SGP2 rider Philip Hellstrom-Bangs notching seven.Laguta was supported by an 11 paid 12-point tally from German racer Kai Huckenbeck, with SGP2 series leader Wiktor Przyjemski scoring seven paid eight points.Elsewhere, Great Britain star Robert Lambert picked up 13 points for Vastervik as they triumphed 47-42 away to near neighbours Dackarna. Aussie ace Max Fricke weighed in with 10 paid 11 for the visitors, with Danish international Mads Hansen bagging seven paid 10.Danish racer Rasmus Jensen scored 11 points for Dackarna, while British champion Dan Bewley tallied 10 and Australia’s Brady Kurtz accrued eight paid nine, with his compatriot Ryan Douglas registering five paid eight.Former world No.2 Patryk Dudek raced to 14 points for Indianerna as they collected a 46-44 victory away to Vargarna.Dudek was backed up by a 10 paid 12-point tally from Polish star Szymon Wozniak, with Krzysztof Buczkowski also registering 10.Former World Under-21 champion Jakub Miskowiak led the Vargarna score chart on 13 paid 14, with former Speedway GP star Chris Harris recording 10 paid 11 points.There will be another full programme of Bauhaus Elitserien action on Wednesday evening, which sees Rospiggarna host Smederna, Vastervik welcome Dackarna, Lejonen take on visitors Piraterna and Indianerna host Vargarna.

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WOFFINDEN BEGINS RECOVERY FROM ELBOW SURGERY

Triple Speedway GP world champion Tai Woffinden admits he is unsure of how long he faces on the sidelines after breaking his elbow in four places at the ISS FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow on Saturday evening.Woffinden crashed in heat eight at the Edward Jancarz Stadium and also suffered concussion in the fall. He was taken to hospital for checks and underwent surgery on Sunday afternoon.Posting on social media on Monday afternoon, Woffinden says he faces causing further damage if he puts any weight on the joint at all and admits it’s unclear how long his recovery will take.But he paid tribute to his Polish club Wroclaw and medical staff for arranging a complex operation at such short notice.He posted: “Ohhh when it rains, it pours! First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Domanasiewicz for returning from a seminar in Holland to perform this complex surgery on my elbow and the rest of the team at the Provincial Specialist Hospital on ul. Kamieński. I would like to thank all the staff members at Sparta Wroclaw that have helped to get this organised! “I have broken my elbow into four pieces and again, I was knocked out cold, so I also have a concussion to deal with. “I am unsure what the recovery time will be right now. You wouldn’t think a broken elbow would be so serious. I am forbidden to put any weight on the limb, and failure to follow the recommendations and riding a motorcycle may result in bone non-union and the need for surgery and implantation of an elbow prosthesis, which would be career ending! “Thank you to my team for their support in this frustrating time, Raf, Marcin, Jake, John, Pete and Faye – big love! “Thanks for all the messages across the socials. I really do appreciate it. I will do everything possible to speed up the recovery process and get back doing what I love.”We wish Tai a full and speedy recovery from his injuries. 

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SURGERY FOR WOFFINDEN AFTER GORZOW CRASH

Great Britain racer Tai Woffinden was set to undergo surgery on a broken elbow this afternoon following his crash in the ISS FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow on Saturday.The Scunthorpe-born racer crashed in heat eight as he battled Germany's Kai Huckenbeck for the lead at Edward Jancarz Stadium.Woffinden’s British club Sheffield updated fans on the triple Speedway GP world champion’s condition via their official Facebook page on Sunday afternoon.The Tigers confirmed: “Tai Woffinden sustained concussion following his crash in Saturday’s Grand Prix in Poland. Tai is also set to undergo an operation this afternoon on a broken elbow suffered in the same incident.”The news comes as a blow to GB ahead of the FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester on July 13, with the Lions seeded into the event as host nation, meeting the six qualifiers from the two Semi-Finals on July 9 and 10.Woffinden missed the last FIM SON Final at Vojens in 2022 after suffering injuries in a training accident ahead of the meeting.We wish Tai a speedy recovery.

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