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Speedway's original team event, the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup, returned for 2023 with a Final for the ages!
The Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup returned to the calendar in sensational style in Wroclaw in July 2023, as hosts Poland retained the iconic Ove Fundin Trophy – but they were forced to fight all the way.
Semi-Final 1 winners Great Britain took the fight to the Poles in their own back yard and looked the favourites to win their first world title over the four-team World Cup format since 1989.
But in an epic last-heat decider, Wroclaw hero Maciej Janowski broke British hearts as he sealed the trophy for Poland – sending a frenzied roar pulsing through the historic Olympic Stadium.
Janowski watched the Polish team win their first FIM SWC world title from the Wroclaw terraces on August 6, 2005 – his 14th birthday. And he joined forces with captain Bartosz Zmarzlik, Patryk Dudek, Dominik Kubera and Janusz Kolodziej to make it a record-breaking ninth title 18 years on.
It was the closest FIM SWC Final in history as Poland triumphed on 33 points, with Great Britain taking silver on 31, while a late surge from Denmark earned them bronze on 29, with Australia fourth on 27.
With just six points separating the sides, it’s a Final that will be talked about for generations to come. Bring on the next FIM SWC in 2026!