2023 SPEEDWAY GP OPENER LIVE ON CROATIAN FREE-TO-AIR SPORTS CHANNEL SPTV

Free-to-air Croatian sports broadcaster SPTV will bring fans live coverage of the Tehnix FIM Speedway GP of Croatia on April 29 as the 2023 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series launches in Donji Kraljevec. Following an agreement between FIM Speedway global promoter Warner Bros. Discovery Sports and SPTV, Croatian fans can view all the action from Speedway Stadion Milenium as the Speedway GP series gets underway in Croatia for the second straight season. Croatian viewers can then follow the entire FIM Speedway season with full coverage on the Eurosport app, featuring all the build-up from the pits and reaction after the chequered flag falls, plus the very best coverage of the racing including pit and on-board cameras, rider reaction times and, coming soon, live speed data.  Fans can also watch a 45-minute highlights show on Eurosport 1 after every round, as well as the climax of speedway’s world team championship. The Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Race Off and Final in Wroclaw will be live on Eurosport 1 across Europe on July 28 and 29. Laura Manciet, FIM Speedway championships director, cannot wait to kick off the 2023 Speedway GP season in Croatia. She said: “Warner Bros. Discovery Sports staged its first Speedway GP event as global promoter in Croatia last year, and it’s exciting to be launching another season here in 2023 – the year our sport celebrates its 100th anniversary. “After an incredible event in 2022, we are delighted to partner with SPTV once again to broadcast the opening round of Speedway GP free-to-air across Croatia. “The Speedway Stadion Milenium track is not a circuit where our SGP riders race on a regular basis, meaning it’s always a level playing field when speedway’s biggest stars come to Croatia.  “This should make for an exciting event, and we look forward to launching the 2023 Speedway GP series with a great night of racing.” Jura Ozmec, chief editor of SPTV, is proud to provide coverage of Croatia’s biggest night of speedway. He said: “Sports Television Croatia (SPTV) is proud to have such an event on our channel, as we are a network whose main goal is to promote Croatian sports and sports events that are organised in Croatia.  “It is great to see Speedway GP come back to our country, and surely our viewers will enjoy another exciting event and some great races.”    FULL 2023 SPEEDWAY GP CALENDAR: April 29: Tehnix FIM Speedway GP of Croatia May 13: Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw June 3: FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic – Prague June 10: FIM Speedway GP of Germany – Teterow June 24: FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow July 15: FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla August 12: FIM Speedway GP of Latvia – Riga September 2: FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff September 16: FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens September 30: FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Torun

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BRITISH FANS SET FOR ANOTHER EPIC SPEEDWAY GP SEASON WITH DISCOVERY+ AND EUROSPORT

British fans can once again enjoy a full season of FIM Speedway Grand Prix coverage live on discovery+ and Eurosport 2 in 2023. All 10 rounds of the Speedway GP World Championship will be broadcasted live on Eurosport 2, with the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Race Off and Final from Wroclaw live on Eurosport 1. There will also be free-to-air Speedway GP highlights on Quest after every Speedway GP round, as well as a 45-minute highlights show on Eurosport 1. Subscribers to discovery+ can view every second of FIM Speedway action live throughout 2023, starting with the season-opening Tehnix FIM Speedway GP of Croatia on April 29. This will feature all the build-up from the pits and reaction after the chequered flag falls, plus the very best coverage of the racing including pit and on-board cameras, rider reaction times and, coming soon, live speed data. Laura Manciet, FIM Speedway championships director, is delighted to bring Speedway GP to both discovery+ and Eurosport viewers once again. She said: “We know British fans were pleased to see Speedway GP return to Eurosport in 2022 and it’s great that the Eurosport channels will broadcast all 10 rounds again this year, along with the closing days of the Monster Energy FIM SWC in Wroclaw, where Great Britain will be going for gold. “With Dan Bewley winning Speedway GP rounds in Cardiff and Wroclaw last summer; Robert Lambert rising to fifth in the world, and triple world champion Tai Woffinden always in contention, British fans are in for an exciting season of racing on discovery+ and Eurosport. “Bringing our highlights show to Quest is also a great addition to our coverage as we give as many British fans as possible the chance to enjoy the 2023 FIM Speedway action.” FULL 2023 SPEEDWAY GP CALENDAR: April 29: Tehnix FIM Speedway GP of Croatia May 13: Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw June 3: FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic – Prague June 10: FIM Speedway GP of Germany – Teterow June 24: FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow July 15: FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla August 12: FIM Speedway GP of Latvia – Riga September 2: FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff September 16: FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens September 30: FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Torun   NOTES TO EDITORS discovery+ is available to Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers in the UK & Ireland through their monthly Sky TV subscription at no extra cost. discovery+ is also available at no extra cost to all BT Sport customers in the UK & Ireland who subscribe via the BT Sport App, BT, EE or Plusnet

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CHRIS HOLDER FACES TWO MONTHS OUT AFTER POLISH CRASH

Former Speedway GP world champion Chris Holder is facing over two months on the sidelines after suffering “a C5 cervical fracture” to his spine in Leszno’s PGE Ekstraliga match at Grudziadz on Sunday afternoon. Holder sustained the injury after taking a knock from Grudziadz star Kacper Pludra and crashing on the home straight – beyond the air fence – in heat 14 of the Bulls’ 50-40 away win. The Sydneysider was forced out of the re-run and Holder underwent an MRI scan, which confirmed the extent of the damage. A post on the Leszno Instagram account today confirmed: “Chris Holder underwent detailed MRI tests today, which were carried out in Poznań. “The competitor was diagnosed with a C5 cervical fracture. The break in the Australian’s starts will likely last eight to 10 weeks. We will inform about the further course of his rehabilitation in a while. We wish our rider a speedy recovery!” The crash comes after Holder’s 2022 season was virtually ended by a heavy crash at the FIM GP Challenge in Glasgow last August, which left him with damage to his lower back.

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FIM SPEEDWAY TOP 5 MOMENTS | TORUN

As speedway toasts its 100th anniversary season, FIMSpeedway.com looks back at the top five moments celebrated at each of our 2023 FIM Speedway venues. Today, we feature the Marian Rose Motoarena, stage of the final round of 2023 – the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Torun on September 30.   1. GOLLOB GRABS A MAX IN 2010 When Speedway GP first came to the Marian Rose Motoarena in 2010, Polish fans were treated to a night they will never forget. National icon Tomasz Gollob didn’t just top the podium, he did it with a seven-ride, 24-point maximum that put him firmly in the driver’s seat to end Poland’s 37-year wait for a world champion. But it wasn’t just Gollob’s glorious victory the Poles celebrated; Norwegian-born Polish international Rune Holta took second place, while Jaroslaw Hampel finished third – meaning it was the first time in Speedway GP history that three riders from one nation had packed the podium.   2. HOLDER’S HEROICS IN 2012 Aussie icon Chris Holder became a firm favourite with the Torun crowd following his arrival in 2008, and he wrote his name in Marian Rose Motoarena folklore with an unforgettable Speedway GP world title win in 2012. Holding just a two-point lead over triple world champion Nicki Pedersen going into the event, the Sydneysider’s nerves were tested to breaking point, especially after a first-turn clash between the pair in their semi-final. A verbal altercation nearly saw them come to blows, but Australian legend Jason Crump – in his final act as a Speedway GP rider – promptly stepped in to remove Holder from the chaos, taking him into a quiet corridor under the stand to help him regain his composure. Holder returned to the track to clinch the world title and join triple world champion Crump in Australian speedway’s most elite club as the torch was passed and JC brought his illustrious career on the SGP stage to a fitting end.   3. WOFFY WORLD CHAMP IN 2013 Some Speedway GP title wins are predictable, some are a bit of a surprise, but no-one lifts the World Championship at odds of 500/1. That was until Great Britain hero Tai Woffinden made his Speedway GP comeback in 2013. He left the series at the end of a nightmare 2010 campaign, which came just months after he lost his father and mentor Rob to cancer. He bounced back in the most incredible style, with his sensational 2013 season culminating in God Save the Queen ringing out across the Marian Rose Motoarena to herald Britain’s first world champion since 2000. Woffinden sealed the Speedway GP trophy in Torun again in 2015 and 2018, but there’s no doubt the first one remains the most incredible chapter in Woffinden’s epic speedway story.   4. DUDEK’S DELIGHT IN 2017 Aussie racer Jason Doyle was expected to seal the 2017 Speedway GP World Championship with a round to race at Torun in 2017. But his nearest rival Patryk Dudek had other ideas and decided to write his own piece of Speedway GP history. After battling hard to keep pace with Doyle all year, Dudek kept himself in the title race with his first Speedway GP victory in Torun. It was a potentially key psychological blow as it meant Doyle had to fight for gold at the final round in Melbourne, rather than just head Down Under for a coronation. The Newcastle-born racer got the job done with a sensational FIM Australian Speedway GP win, but Dudek still become the first rider in the series’ history to finish in the world’s top two in their debut season.   5. ZMARZLIK ZOOMS TO GOLD IN 2019 Following Gollob’s Speedway GP heroics over nearly two decades, a new generation of Polish stars emerged as the 2010s progressed. But only one of them has followed Mr G and 1973 FIM Speedway World Final winner Jerzy Szczakiel into the elite club of Polish world champions. Bartosz Zmarzlik’s nerves were tested to breaking point at the 2019 FIM Torun Speedway GP as nearest rival Leon Madsen launched a ferocious challenge, winning the event with a 21-point, seven-ride maximum. Fortunately for the home fans, Zmarzlik did enough, sealing gold by two points for his first Speedway GP world title. He followed it up with another in 2020, before regaining his crown in 2022 after falling just three points short of Artem Laguta in an epic title duel in 2021. All three of Zmarzlik’s Speedway GP trophies have been lifted in Torun and he will be bidding to make it No.4 on September 30.   Tickets for this year’s title-decider in Torun’s Marian Rose Motoarena are on sale now. Book your FIM Torun Speedway GP tickets HERE.

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EKSTRALIGA | MAX MAN LAGUTA LEADS WROCLAW TO VICTORY AT TORUN

Former world champion Artem Laguta raced to a 14 paid 15-point maximum as Wroclaw triumphed 52-38 away to Torun in the PGE Ekstraliga on Sunday. After sitting out the 2022 season due to suspension, Laguta has picked up where he left off with Wroclaw, starting the meeting with a paid win, before reeling off four straight victories. He was well supported by 11 paid 13 from Great Britain star Dan Bewley, with Poland’s Piotr Pawlicki tallying 10 paid 11 and triple world champion Tai Woffinden adding eight paid 11. World No.3 Maciej Janowski recorded just two after hitting the tapes in his opening race. Former world No.3 Emil Sayfutdinov was Torun’s top performer on 10 paid 11, with Speedway GP star Robert Lambert collecting eight paid nine and Polish duo Patryk Dudek and Pawel Przedpelski scoring seven each. In the day’s other meeting, former Polish champion Janusz Kolodziej raced to a 15-point maximum as Leszno won 50-40 away to Grudziadz. Kolodziej was helped by an 11 paid 13-point haul from fellow countryman Grzegorz Zengota, with Bartosz Smektala adding eight paid 10. Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen starred on 11 points for the hosts, with fellow Danish racer Frederik Jakobsen notching nine and Gleb Chugunov collecting eight. Max Fricke scored three points. Speedway GP newcomer Kim Nilsson got his Polish First Division home season started with German club Landshut. After scoring six at Poznan in their opening match on April 9, he raced to eight points in Bavaria as they lost 52-38 at home to Ostrow. For full details of the day’s PGE Ekstraliga results, scorers and the latest league table, click HERE (website in Polish).

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