KOWALSKI CLEARED AFTER CARBURETTORS PASS TEST

FIM SGP2 star Bartlomiej Kowalski hit back at accusations he turned up to race in a Bauhaus Elitserien match in Sweden with oversized carburettors after tests confirmed they were legal.The Polish racer, who competes for Indianerna and Polish side Wroclaw, had a number of carburettors impounded for testing ahead of the Kumla club’s trip to Vastervik on Tuesday night.While he was allowed to race in the meeting, scoring one point, social media was awash with rumours he had attempted to compete with an oversized carburettor, which could boost the engine’s performance.But these rumours were scotched by today’s tests, which proved Kowalski’s carburettors were the correct size and discovered the testing device used in Vastervik was smaller than required and measured the carburettors incorrectly.Posting on his Instagram stories, Kowalski hit out at those who rushed to judgement. He wrote: “It is always worth waiting patiently for the matter to be clarified. It is not worth attacking and accusing immediately. I was sure my gear was okay. I play fair. Now I'm clearing my head and moving on. Thank you to all those who believed in me and supported me.”A statement on the Indianerna official website confirmed: “Yesterday, Bartek Kowalski was accused of trying to use two faulty carburettors. “During the day, the club carried out a thorough further investigation where, among others, the manufacturer Mikael Blixt was consulted and where all the team's carburettors were measured with a three-point micrometre, which shows that Kowalski is innocent of having tried to cheat before yesterday's match.“The size of the carburettor must be 34mm, and the culprit in the drama was an incorrect measuring instrument in Västervik.“Permitted sizes are 34mm with a maximum difference of 0.1mm, i.e., 34.1mm. The measuring instrument yesterday was found to be exactly 33.997mm and the larger part that should handle the error difference which should be 34.1mm and was instead 34.021mm. All of Kowalski's carburettors measure: 34.051mm, 34.100mm, 33.960mm and 33.990mm.”Indians boss Peter Johansson also hit out at those who accused Kowalski of trying to gain an unfair advantage. He said: “I hope that everyone who falsely accused Kowalski and the club in general in text, word and deed takes an extra thought and waits for a person's opportunity to clear themselves before pointing fingers, regardless of whether they hold an official position in some club around the world or are sitting on a sofa in front of the TV.”

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ELITSERIEN | THOMSEN TALLIES 10 ON SWEDISH RETURN WITH VASTERVIK

Double Danish champion Anders Thomsen raced to 10 points on his Bauhaus Elitserien comeback for Vastervik as they triumphed 56-34 at home to Indianerna on Tuesday.With Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren and Denmark’s Mikkel Michelsen both unavailable for the match, Thomsen was drafted into the Vastervik squad by club boss Morgan Andersson.He will also race for the coastal club when they visit Indianerna for the return fixture on Wednesday night. Andersson confirmed: “We have searched the market as we face a very good team in the form of the Indians. We have managed to find a solution with Anders who will help us during the next week. He has represented Västervik before and has also had Kumla as his home track.“If nothing unforeseen happens, we will write Mikkel back in the squad next week as he will be more available for future matches.“We also want to take the opportunity to thank Anders for all the work he has done to successfully complete these competitions. A warm welcome!”Gleb Chugunov topped the Vastervik scoring with 11 points, while Denmark’s Mads Hansen scored nine paid 13 and triple world champion Tai Woffinden notched nine paid 12. Holmgrens Bil FIM Swedish Speedway GP wild card Jacob Thorssell scored six.Aussie icon Jason Doyle carried the visitors, scoring a sensational 16 paid 17 points, with Max Fricke adding five.The day’s other meeting between Piraterna and Rospiggarna was postponed due to rain, but the clubs will meet in Hallstavik on Wednesday. Alongside the Indianerna and Vastervik clash in Kumla, Malilla club Dackarna hosts Lejonen.

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CRUMP EXCITED FOR COACHING ROLE AT ATPI FIM WOMEN'S SPEEDWAY ACADEMY IN MANCHESTER

Triple world champion Jason Crump can’t wait to coach the sport’s top female riders at the ATPI FIM Women’s Speedway Academy in Manchester on August 4 and 5.The inaugural FIM WSA took place in Deidenbergen, Germany in 2022, but this year’s event is set to be bigger and better with 15 to 20 girls aged 16 or over travelling from across the globe to take part.The group includes German trailblazer Celina Liebmann, who featured in the 2022 FIM SGP2 series, and Britain’s Katie Gordon. They will receive expert coaching from Crump and his former Speedway GP rival Greg Hancock, plus FIM race director Phil Morris.Crump can’t wait to see the sport’s brightest female talents in action on one of the world’s top racetracks as he prepares to give them the benefit of his vast experience, which saw him finish in the world’s top three for a record-equalling 10 straight seasons from 2001-2010.He said: “First and foremost, it’s great for speedway and it’s great for the girls involved. It will start to develop into a global academy for the female riders. We have riders coming from as far away as Australia, so we have had a lot of interest from the girls around the world.“I think this year we are coming to undoubtedly one of the best tracks in the world, and that will be a huge help to the girls as well. “Hopefully with having Greg and myself there as coaches, we can pass a bit of our knowledge on to them. Greg and I have spoken about it a little bit and we are both very excited for it.”Crump believes the Women’s Speedway Academy event can help female stars of all abilities. He added: “From the racing side of it, when you get some raw talent come through, you can start from the beginning and get the basics into place. I am sure with some of the girls it will be like that. “We have some established riders as well, though, which is also helpful.  You can hear the passion Katie Gordon has when she talks, and she wants to compete at Celina’s level. I think it’s also really important that the girls have their own role models to look up to.”Women PC.jpeg 4.06 MBGordon is excited to continue her progress on the shale at the WSA. She said: “I think it will be really beneficial to the sport, especially now. We didn’t have many girls at the last event in Germany. Now we are bringing 15-20 girls over to Manchester.“I know people have put in a lot of effort to arrange classroom things as well as giving us track time. We are learning a lot more about the sport in general and how different things can benefit us. I think it will push more girls to try speedway.”Gordon believes working with Crump, Hancock and Morris is a huge opportunity for all the women involved. She said: “Tuition isn’t something we get very often. It is something you have to look for a lot of the time and maybe make friends with people who may provide you with tuition.“Having people so high up in the sport and so well-known and with the knowledge they have is going to be so beneficial for us.”FIM Track Racing Commission director Armando Castagna is confident the Manchester event will prove a real success.He said: “This year’s WSA in Manchester will surely have a big impact. With so many women from different countries, with such great trainers and the overall professional organisation at such a venue, it will be tremendous for sure. “The FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission has been on our side to develop this project and together we will focus on future projects that hopefully will take off next year. Thank you to all our partners involved in the past months to make this possible.”Janika Judeika, FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) director, commented: “The FIM Women's Commission is proud to support the 2023 edition of the ATPI Women's Speedway Academy, which will be held in Manchester in partnership with the FIM Track Racing Commission. “The CFM is devoted to making motorcycling an open, inclusive and benevolent environment for all, and it is great to see the ATPI FIM Women’s Speedway Academy gaining momentum in such a short space of time thanks to the professional team behind the event.“The goal of our commission is to develop sports and activities for women – talented riders, motivated organisers and dedicated colleagues make working for this goal a real pleasure! “I would like to thank everyone involved in this project and especially sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible and I look forward to seeing it come to life in August.”

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EKSTRALIGA | BEWLEY STARS AS WROCLAW GO SEVEN CLEAR

Great Britain star Dan Bewley raced to 13 points as Wroclaw cruised into a seven-point lead at the PGE Ekstraliga summit with a 51-39 win away to third-placed Czestochowa on Sunday.Bewley dropped just two points over his five outings, while 2021 Speedway GP world champion Artem Laguta added 12 paid 13 and Polish star Maciej Janowski tallied 10 paid 12. Triple world champion Tai Woffinden collected five paid eight points, with SGP2 rider Bartlomiej Kowalski scoring six.Danish ace Leon Madsen was the home side’s top scorer on 12, with Maksym Drabik notching nine paid 10 and Speedway GP star Mikkel Michelsen and Kacper Woryna both bagging six paid seven.In the day’s other meeting, Speedway GP first reserve Andzejs Lebedevs and Jason Doyle both piled up the points for basement club Krosno, but they could not save them from a 51-38 loss at sixth-placed Grudziadz.Latvian racer Lebedevs racked up 13 paid 14, with Doyle bagging 12 paid 13 points and Czech rider Vaclav Milik scoring eight paid nine.But Vadim Tarasenko led Grudziadz to victory on 10 paid 12 points, while Denmark’s Frederik Jakobsen tallied a straight 10, triple world champion Nicki Pedersen notched nine and Gleb Chugunov added eight paid 11. Triple Aussie champion Max Fricke scored four paid five.For full details of the day’s PGE Ekstraliga results, scorers and the latest league table, click here: https://speedwayekstraliga.pl/en/ 

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FREDDIE READY FOR MALILLA PARTY

Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren looks forward to “a good party in Malilla” as he gets ready for the Holmgrens Bil FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla on July 15.Lindgren heads back to his homeland for Sweden’s biggest speedway event, placed third in the Speedway GP World Championship on 68 points – one behind Jack Holder in second place and 22 short of series leader Bartosz Zmarzlik with five rounds to race.While the Pole has topped the podium in Malilla three times, Lindgren also won the Swedish round there in 2019 and spent a number of seasons racing for Dackarna club Malilla in the Bauhaus Elitserien.This should give Lindgren a good idea of track conditions, but his biggest advantage will be having a sizeable Swedish crowd behind him.He said: “I always look forward to racing in front of my home fans. I hope this year we are going to have a good crowd. They have a good date in the middle of summer – Swedish people are on holiday and camping. I am sure we will have a good party in Malilla.”Lindgren raced to third place at the KGHM FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow last Saturday, beaten by Zmarzlik and Leon Madsen in an epic final.The Orebro-born racer led very briefly at the start of the race, before his rivals got the better of him, with Zmarzlik taking the win with a big move under Madsen on the final turn.Lindgren was pragmatic after missing out on his second Speedway GP win of 2023. He said: “I think that was my best. My best was a third on that night. I could not beat those two guys, Bartek and Leon. They were better and faster than me. Sometimes you just have to take a bow and know that. I gave it everything I had and this time it was a third.”

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