King’s Lynn Stars riders are involved in this weekend’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Finals in Russia
Three King’s Lynn Stars riders are involved in this weekend’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Finals in Russia.
For the Great Britain side, bidding to go one better than last year’s silver medal in Wroclaw, the Poultec Stars are represented by new skipper Craig Cook and under-21 pick Robert Lambert, who led the GB U21’s to a world runner-up spot a week ago.
Meanwhile, the Germany squad contains Lynn heat leader Erik Riss.
World champions Russia, who won the inaugural 2018 title in a controversial manner due to the countback rules, name an unchanged team for their title defence in Togliatti tomorrow and Sunday (July 20 and 21).
The other teams are Poland, Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Australia and Denmark – captained by former Lynn favourite Niels-Kristian Iversen.
GB needed to make a shuffle since their Race Off 2 win in Manchester in May, after captain Tai Woffinden was sidelined with a fractured TH4 vertebra and a broken shoulder blade.
Former FIM Speedway Grand Prix regular Chris Harris steps in for world champion ‘Woffy’, joining stand-in skipper Cook and 21-year-old Lambert in a side bidding to build on the silver medal they clinched in Wroclaw.
Germany made a change with fit-again Riss replacing Martin Smolinski in the side, with ex-Lynn rider Kai Huckenbeck named as captain.
Individual World Championship leader Emil Sayfutdinov, Artem Laguta and joint FIM Speedway U21 World Championship front-runner Gleb Chugunov will bid to win back-to-back titles for the host nation.
The seven sides will compete over 42 heats – 21 heats tomorrow and 21 on Sunday, with the top scorers progressing automatically into the Grand Final.
The second and third-placed countries will face-off in the semi-final for the right to race the leaders for the world title.
Should the semi end as a 3-3, the team that scored the most points over 42 heats will progress to the Grand Final.
If the Grand Final ends all square, a run-off featuring one rider from each team will decide the title.
n Round 6 results from Sunday’s British Youth Championship at the Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn – 500cc: Jordan Palin, Archie Freeman, Harry McGurk. 250cc: Sam Hagon, Sam McGurk, Archie Wareham. 125cc: Max James, Ben Trigger, Ace Pijper.
Meanwhile, 125cc racer Max Perry escaped with just bruising following a crash and was sent to hospital.
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