Norfolk Arena at King’s Lynn hosts speedway World Cup action again

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Lynn’s Norfolk Arena again will host a round of the 2015 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup for the fifth straight season, it was announced today.

Poland and Team Great Britain will have home advantage for the opening rounds of the 2015 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup as Gniezno and Lynn host Events 1 and 2.

Six-time winners Poland face Sweden and the Czech Republic in Gniezno on June 6. They will be joined by the winners of the qualifying round between Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Russia at German track Landshut on May 9.

The Monster Energy SWC then returns to Lynn on June 8, where a Team GB side, led by 2013 world champ Tai Woffinden, meets huge rivals Australia, the United States and Latvia.

The winners of each event join hosts Denmark in the Monster Energy SWC Final at Vojens on June 13. The second and third-placed teams qualify for the ever-epic Race Off, also at Vojens, on June 11, where the winners earn their place among the Final four.

BSI Speedway managing director Paul Bellamy is delighted to see Monster Energy SWC action take place at Lynn again, while historic Gniezno makes it competition debut.

He said: “Gniezno is a former capital city of Poland with a history going back over a thousand years.

“The current Polish team is making modern history, having won six SWC gold medals over the past decade. I’m sure Marek Cieslak’s team will enjoy fantastic support in Gniezno as they bid for a place in the Final at Vojens, where they lifted the Ove Fundin Trophy in 2010.

“It’s great to have Gniezno as a Monster Energy SWC venue and it’s always a pleasure to take the competition back to King’s Lynn.

“The racing never disappoints and Team GB’s victory there last summer will give them every confidence they can storm straight to the Final again. Australia, the USA and Latvia might have something to say about that, though, and this will be a fiercely contested meeting.”

Tickets for both events will go on sale in due course and information will be available via www.MonsterEnergySWC.com.

* Lynn number one Niels-Kristian Iversen hopes to get back on a bike “in the first half of February” as he steps up his recovery from knee ligament damage.

The Danish champion’s 2014 season was ended when he tore multiple ligaments in the Gorzow SGP on August 30.

However, some cutting-edge rehabilitation, which saw him wear a knee brace and undergo a course of physiotherapy, ensured he did not need surgery.

Iversen is now training hard to get back to race-fitness ahead of the Elite League campaign in March and the FIM Speedway Grand Prix season-opening LOTTO Warsaw SGP of Poland on April 18.

Iversen said: “I haven’t been on a bike yet, but I’d say I’m pretty close. I’m just waiting for all my gear to be ready and hopefully I can get on the bike in the first half of February.

“It depends if there’s anywhere I can get some track time, but I’ll be out there I hope. I’ll probably find somewhere in the UK hopefully, but it’s all weather-dependent. We’ll see how it holds up and how the track is.”

* Rory Schlein hoped to make an announcement on the main partner for his Roo Boys Boomerang Invitational testimonial meeting within the next 24 hours.

The meeting will be held on March 15.