POLISH PRESSURE POWERED HOME HERO PAWELCZAK TO SGP3 GOLD IN GORZOW

Polish sensation Maksymilian Pawelczak admits he thrived under the expectation of being the home hero after winning the ISS FIM SGP3 Final – Gorzow with a phenomenal 15-point maximum on Friday.Pawelczak lifted the FIM Speedway Youth World Championship for the sport’s 250cc under-16 stars with an exhibition of starting, leaving his rivals trailing from the tapes to win all five of his rides at Edward Jancarz Stadium.Even after winning his opening four heats, Bydgoszcz rider Pawelczak still had to deliver the goods in the final race of the night as he faced off with Australian rival Beau Bailey in heat 20. But Pawelczak showed nerves of steel to get the better of the New South Wales star as the Pole improved on the SGP3 silver medal he won at Swedish venue Malilla in 2023.Bailey secured silver on 13 points, with Great Britain talent William Cairns bagging the bronze medal on 12.All eyes were on Pawelczak as Poland’s greatest gold-medal hope, especially after he won his Semi-Final with a 15-point maximum in Teterow, Germany last Saturday. But the teenager admits he thrived on the pressure of delivering Poland’s first FIM Speedway Youth World Championship win since Gorzow racer Oskar Paluch topped the podium in 2021. 

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BRITISH RACER RUSHEN READY FOR SGP3 FINAL SHOWDOWN IN GORZOW

Great Britain racer Cooper Rushen hopes to make up for a tough Semi-Final by starring in the ISS FIM SGP3 Final – Gorzow on Friday evening.Speedway’s brightest 250cc under-16 stars compete in the FIM Speedway Youth World Championship at the iconic Edward Jancarz Stadium, having secured qualification at last Saturday’s Semi-Finals in Teterow, Germany.Rushen made it through by the narrowest of margins, taking the eighth and final qualification spot in Semi-Final 1 on countback with six points, having tied with three other riders at the Bergring Arena.He now takes on a stellar line-up in Gorzow, featuring 18 riders from eight different countries, including Poland, Sweden, Denmark, GB, Czech Republic, Australia, Slovenia and France, in what is always one of the most exciting events on the FIM Speedway calendar.Rushen was second at 2023 FIM SGP3 Semi-Final 1 in Vastervik and has proved he can mix it with the best in his class. He hopes the Final will go more smoothly than his semi in Germany. 

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SGP3 SEMIS | MAXIMUM MEN CAIRNS & PAWELCZAK SET FOR GORZOW FINAL SHOWDOWN

Great Britain maximum man William Cairns is determined to sign off his 250cc career in style after booking his place in the ISS FIM SGP3 Final at iconic Polish venue Gorzow next Friday.Cairns cruised to an emphatic 15-point maximum from five races in FIM SGP3 Semi-Final 2 at German track Teterow on Saturday afternoon, repeating the feat of title rival Maksymilian Pawelczak of Poland, who went unbeaten in Semi-Final 1 earlier in the day.It was an incredible performance from the Brit, who has been training with four-time Speedway GP world champion Greg Hancock in recent times, and the ISS FIM SGP3 Final will be Cairns’ last FIM Speedway Youth World Championship event, before he progresses to 500cc competition.He is determined to go out on a high in Gorzow as he prepares to take on likely title rival Pawelczak on the Pole’s home soil.

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LINE-UPS CONFIRMED FOR SGP3 SEMI-FINALS IN TETEROW

The FIM Speedway Youth World Championship Semi-Finals take place in Teterow this Saturday as riders battle it out for places at the FIM SGP3 Final in Gorzow on June 28.As part of their vision to develop and shine a spotlight on the sport’s future stars, FIM Speedway global promoter Warner Bros. Discovery Sports took the 250cc under-16 world championship final under the SGP umbrella in 2022.Since then, the FIM SGP3 competition has delivered some of the most exciting racing on the international speedway calendar.With 2023 champion Rasmus Karlsson of Sweden no longer competing at this level, a new champion will be crowned at Gorzow’s Edward Jancarz Stadium – the night before the ISS FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow on June 29.Eight riders from each semi-final will take their place in the FIM SGP3 Final next week and a number of familiar faces will be in the running at the Bergring Arena on Saturday.Last year’s SGP3 runner-up Maksymilian Pawelczak of Poland has been drawn into Semi-Final 1, where he meets Slovenian sensation Sven Cerjak, who was sixth in 2023, as well as 2023 finalists Villads Pedersen of Denmark, Cooper Rushen of Great Britain and Leo Klasson of Sweden.Last year’s SGP4 winner Elias Jamil from Denmark makes the step up to 250cc level in Semi-Final 2 and will hope to make his mark against a stellar field, which features Great Britain shooting star William Cairns, who was fifth in 2023 and has received regular coaching from Speedway GP great Greg Hancock as he goes for gold in 2024.Australian racer Beau Bailey, who won Semi-Final 1 in 2023, is also in the second semi along with 2023 SGP4 rider Karel Prusa of the Czech Republic and American star Kensei Matsudaira, who has appeared in the past two SGP4 competitions.The two SGP3 Semi-Finals will be followed by an historic meeting as a busy day in Teterow concludes with the FIM Women’s Speedway Gold Trophy on Saturday evening.SEMI-FINAL 1 LINE-UP: 1 Sven Cerjak (Slovenia), 2 Silvar Avi (Estonia), 3 Jordy Loftus (Australia), 4 Adam Nejezchleba (Czech Republic), 5 Leo Klasson (Sweden), 6 Carlos Gennerich (Germany), 7 Kevin Melato (Italy), 8 Matys Sambarrey (France), 9 Nicolas Hohlbein (United States), 10 Lisandro Lobos Modon (Argentina), 11 Maksymilian Pawelczak (Poland), 12 Janek Konzack (Germany), 13 Karol Szmyd (Poland), 14 Cooper Rushen (Great Britain), 15 Zoltán Lovas (Hungary), 16 Villads Pedersen (Denmark). RESERVES: 17 Thies Schweer (Germany), 18 Mike Jarczewski (Germany).SEMI-FINAL 2 LINE-UP: 1 Elias Jamil (Denmark), 2 Noah Urda (France), 3 Zakhar Lustiuk (Ukraine), 4 Maksymilian Kostera (Poland), 5 William Cairns (Great Britain), 6 Tilen Bracko (Slovenia), 7 Lester Matthijssen (Netherlands), 8 Beau Bailey (Australia), 9 Oskar Evertsson (Sweden), 10 Andre Damian (Romania), 11 Casper Appelgren (Sweden), 12 Karel Prusa (Czech Republic), 13 Kensei Matsudaira (United States), 14 Jacob Bolcho Pedersen (Denmark), 15 Seth Norman (Great Britain), 16 Imre Vigre (Norway). RESERVES: 17 Magnus Rau (Germany), 18 Carl Wynant (Germany).

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GOLDEN HELMET WEEKEND FINALE IN PARDUBICE FOR SPEEDWAY GP QUALIFIERS

The race to qualify for the 2025 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series will climax on the iconic Golden Helmet weekend in Pardubice, with the FIM GP Challenge heading to the famous Czech circuit on Friday, October 4, 2024.The top three riders will guarantee their places in the 2025 Speedway GP series, with one of speedway’s most hard-fought contests – raced over a nail-biting 20 heats with no semi-finals or finals – coming just six days after the final round of the 2024 Speedway GP series in Torun.Normally, the FIM GP Challenge takes place in the middle of summer – meaning some of the riders involved may have the chance to secure Speedway GP qualification by finishing in the SGP World Championship’s top six or by winning the Speedway European Championship, even if they miss out on the Challenge podium.But with the FIM GP Challenge at the end of the season next year, it means the final confirmed Speedway GP places will be up for grabs in Pardubice – ensuring it will truly be the last-chance saloon for those seeking to guarantee their spot in the 2025 series.The FIM GP Challenge is set to be the opening event of Pardubice’s always-popular Golden Helmet weekend, which sees riders from all over the world compete for the Golden Helmet on Sunday, October 6. The prize, won by a who’s who of speedway legends, is one of the most sought-after trophies in the sport beyond the FIM Speedway championships and always attracts a stellar line-up of riders.There will be two more speedway events in Pardubice on Saturday, October 5, as the Golden Ribbon for the sport’s junior stars and round five of the FIM Flat Track World Championship also take place.There will be four qualifying rounds for the FIM GP Challenge, which take place in May. German track Abensberg and Hungarian circuit Debrecen host rounds on May 20, with Italian venue Lonigo and Slovak track Zarnovica staging the final two on May 25.The battles for places in the 2024 FIM SGP2 series – the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship – will be staged in Ludwigslust (Germany), Terenzano (Italy) and Macon (France) on Saturday, June 8. All riders must requalify for the series, regardless of where they finished in the 2023 championship.The qualifiers are just six days before the series-opening FIM SGP2 of Sweden – Malilla on Friday, June 14, on a weekend with also features the FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla and the 2024 FIM Speedway Youth World Cup (SGP4), which both take place on Saturday, June 15.The two FIM SGP3 Semi-Finals will be raced at Teterow’s Bergring Arena on Saturday, June 22, with the top riders advancing to the FIM SGP3 Final at Gorzow’s Edward Jancarz Stadium on Friday, June 28 – the night before the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow on June 29.And the FIM Track Racing Youth Gold Trophy for the sport’s youngest talents will be staged in Zarnovica on July 21.

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