Speedway’s brightest young talents will get their chance to shine in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup – which stops at Lynn this summer – following changes to the FIM rulebook.
As in 2016, national team managers can name an under-21 rider alongside their main four stars for this year’s Monster Energy SWC.
But instead of just being on hand to stand in for a sick or injured rider, the No.5 can now replace any of his team mates in up to five rides at any time, and take an additional sixth outing as a tactical substitute or joker.
The change means U21 stars will be more important than ever to their countries as they battle for a Monster Energy SWC Race Off and Final spot at Leszno on July 7 and 8.
The competition starts with Event 1 at Lynn on July 1, featuring Great Britain, Australia, USA and the Czech Republic. Vastervik stages Event 2, starring Sweden, Denmark, Russia and the qualifying round winners on July 4.
BSI Speedway managing director Torben Olsen said: “Introducing under-21 reserves to the Monster Energy SWC was a great step forward in helping national teams develop their stars of tomorrow.”
In another change, national sides can no longer amend their five-man teams or starting numbers once they have been submitted to the FIM, which must be done no later than seven days before Event 1. Replacements are only allowed in the event of injury or illness, with the approval of the FIM Jury.
Countries must still declare a squad of between five and 10 riders one month prior to the tournament.