Rising Swedish star Philip Hellstrom-Bangs is on his way to Bauhaus Elitserien champions Smederna after leaving boyhood club Masarna.

Hellstrom-Bangs was one of the shock stars of the 2021 FIM Speedway of Nations, when he represented Sweden alone when team mates Jacob Thorssell and Pontus Aspgren were side-lined by injury in Manchester.

Taking the fight to the likes of Maciej Janowski, Tai Woffinden and Jason Doyle with an epic solo performance, Hellstrom-Bangs won a host of new fans with his all-action style.

And now he will hope to make his mark in Eskilstuna, where Smederna defends the Bauhaus Elitserien crown next summer.

Team manager Jerker Eriksson said: “We are very happy that Philip has chosen to come to us in Smederna. We believe that Philip can develop a lot with us in the coming season. He will help us become a powerful team also in 2023 and we will help him become a better rider.”

Elsewhere, SGP2 rider Casper Henriksson remains with his boyhood club Lejonen, where he joins triple world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik, Dominik Kubera, Oliver Berntzon and SGP2 champion Mateusz Cierniak in a stellar side.

And Rospiggarna has confirmed that Peter Jansson, who managed Finland to the 2022 FIM SON Final, will remain as their boss for 2023. He will join forces with Speedway GP substitute rider Kai Huckenbeck, who is in the middle of a two-year contract with the Hallstavik club.

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