TICKETS FOR MALILLA SPEEDWAY GP & SGP3 DOUBLE ON SALE NOW

Tickets for Sweden’s biggest weekend of racing are on sale now as the FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla returns to Skrotfrag Arena in July. Fans who book their tickets before the end of the year can save on 2023 prices – the perfect Christmas gift for the speedway fan in your life, as two huge nights of racing head to the Malilla forests next year. The FIM SGP3 Final takes place on Friday, July 14, which sees the sport’s brightest under-16 stars battle it out on 250cc machines. This is the perfect appetiser for Saturday’s Speedway GP action as the world’s top riders battle it out on one of the sport’s most epic race tracks in the race for SGP World Championship gold. Polish icon Bartosz Zmarzlik won the 2022 Malilla event to seal his third Speedway GP world crown in four seasons. But there will be no shortage of riders bidding to deny him a third straight FIM Swedish Speedway GP win in 2023 – including Swedish heroes Fredrik Lindgren and Kim Nilsson. Dackarna star Maciej Janowski and the Malilla club’s new signing Dan Bewley will also bid to make the most of their home-track knowledge. Tickets for Saturday’s Speedway GP event include entry to Friday’s SGP3 showdown. With SGP3 delivering one of the most dramatic nights of racing on the FIM Speedway calendar in Wroclaw in 2022, fans can make a weekend of it and camp close to trackside in Malilla. Camping spots are already available to reserve along with event programmes. Take advantage of the early-bird savings and book your Malilla tickets online here now: https://secure.tickster.com/sv/27pj8wpgxzj1va9/selectproductgroup For more information, visit: https://www.malillagp.se/biljetter/

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SGP STAR NILSSON EXTENDS ROSPIGGARNA DEAL

Speedway GP newcomer Kim Nilsson hopes remaining at Swedish club Rospiggarna can leave him well placed to take on a season of change in 2023. Nilsson was the surprise winner of the 2022 FIM GP Challenge at British track Glasgow in August, securing his spot in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series for next year. With world No.4 Fredrik Lindgren not set to compete in his homeland next season, Nilsson becomes the sole Swedish Speedway GP star to race in the 2023 Bauhaus Elitserien. Nilsson joins forces with the likes of Swedish rising star Victor Palovaara, as well as 2022 SGP2 rider Wiktor Przyjemski. Ahead of the biggest season of his career, Nilsson hopes sticking with the Hallstavik club will help him negotiate a big year of change. He told the club’s website: “It feels good to extend with Rospiggarna. I feel very comfortable at the club and since there will be a lot of changes as it is with me joining the GP series and with the club having an almost completely new team, the security I feel in the club feels very important. “It feels like the club is starting a bit on a new ball for next season with some new names and young guys joining, and I think I can add a lot with the experience I have. “If we manage to create as good a cohesion in the team as we had before so that everyone pulls in the same direction, I think it will be really good. I'm really looking forward to meeting both the crowd and everyone in the association again in the 2023 season!” Rospiggarna boss Peter Jansson is pleased to have Nilsson at the helm of a new-look Hallstavik side. He said: “It is incredibly gratifying that Kim chooses to stay. He is a fantastic team captain who, with his leadership qualities and professionalism, is a huge support in the pits. “Rospiggarna 2023 will look a little different and we are investing a lot in young riders. So it is important to have a guy like Kim but also Victor and Kai who form the foundation. “Next season, a whole new world will open up for him when he will race in the Speedway GP series, but he will come well prepared for it. He has fought for it for many years, and it is fun that we in Rospiggarna get to be part of that journey. We are the only team in the Bauhaus league that has a Swedish Speedway GP rider next season.”

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RISING STAR FLINT RETURNS TO WOLVES

Wolverhampton boss Peter Adams believes there is more to come from British shooting star Leon Flint after confirming him as the club’s Rising Star for 2023. Flint won both the British Under-21 and Under-19 Championships in an impressive 2023 season, as well as appearing in both the FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff and the FIM SGP2 of Great Britain at the Principality Stadium in August. Had the SGP2 event, curtailed after 20 heats due to track conditions, been raced to a conclusion, Flint had done enough to qualify for the semi-finals. Adams is looking forward to seeing the Berwick doubling-up star continue his progress next year. He said: “Last year was a great year for Leon. He rode well domestically with some brilliant performances along the way for Wolverhampton. He was second in Berwick’s Championship averages, he represented Great Britain very well abroad and those two individual titles were important for him as well. “They showed that he can handle those kinds of pressure situations and we’re glad to be continuing with Leon. “We had to wait for the AGM to clarify the criteria for next season’s Rising Star programme, but when we knew Leon was available to us, it didn’t take us very long at all to decide that we should persevere with him because he’s a good, young talent and we know there’s an even better rider in there than we have already seen in some performances at Wolverhampton.” Flint joins former Australian champion Sam Masters, American international Luke Becker and Aussie racer Ryan Douglas in the Wolves side, with three more names to be revealed.

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LIONS SNAP UP LAWSON FOR 2023

British racer Richard Lawson is backing Leicester to make a triumphant return to the SGB Premiership after being confirmed as their third 2023 signing. Lawson joins Speedway GP rider Max Fricke and triple British champion Chris Harris in Lions’ side for their comeback season at British speedway’s highest level – their first since they dropped down to the SGB Championship after the 2018 season. Their last spell at the top level was far from easy, but after making the switch from King’s Lynn, Lawson insisted: “There’s definitely not going to be a repeat of that. This team is being built to make a bit of a statement, and I’m sure it’s going to deliver that. “I’m enjoying this league. It’s really competitive, and I’m excited to be a part of the Leicester side. They’ve got some really good riders coming in. “I worked with (Lions promoter) Stewart (Dickson) a number of years ago and we’ve stayed good friends, so I was keen to get back under his wing, and that’s pretty exciting too. “The track is also a big factor. I’ve had a lot of good scores around that place, mainly as an away rider apart from a couple of guest bookings here and there, and being a home rider there really appeals to me. I’m really looking forward to it.” Dickson’s 2022 Leicester side saw their SGB Championship title hopes ended by Lawson’s Poole team, which completed a league and cup double. He’s much happier to have Lawson racing on his side rather than against the Lions in 2023, and he is also encouraged by the Cumbrian’s strong recent SGB Premiership form. He said: “Richard should be a good, solid signing for us. He’s a rider who has really stepped up in the last year or two, and he has increased his performances at Premiership level. “I think he showed that at the end of the season when he scored 14 for King’s Lynn at Sheffield in their last match, and I think even our owners were surprised at how powerful he was on that night. “He’s also very, very good around Leicester as we’ve found to our cost a number of times, and he was very keen to come here. “I’ve worked with him before at Glasgow, so I know what I’m going to get. He’s keen and hungry, and the fact that he wanted to come to Leicester ticks a lot of boxes for me.” Photo: Taylor Lanning

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SPEEDWAY GP QUALIFICATION RACE SET FOR GISLAVED FINALE

The race to qualify for the 2024 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series will climax at Swedish track Gislaved on August 19. Home of Bauhaus Elitserien giants Lejonen, Gislaved stages the FIM GP Challenge – well known as one of world speedway’s must fiercely-contested meetings, where the top three riders will guarantee their place in the FIM Speedway GP World Championship for 2024. Won by Sweden's Kim Nilsson in 2022, it’s a meeting which sees current Speedway GP riders and the SGP stars of the past and future battling it out for their place on the sport’s biggest stage, with a podium finish potentially life-changing, as riders like Bartosz Zmarzlik, Jason Doyle and Artem Laguta are just some of the FIM GP Challenge medallists who went on to be crowned world champion in the years that followed. The race to reach Gislaved will be contested over four qualifying meetings. The first two will be staged on May 27 at Slovak circuit Zarnovica and storied Italian speedway venue Lonigo, which makes a very welcome return to the FIM calendar following a successful battle by local speedway officials to restore racing to the former Speedway GP venue. The other two FIM GP Challenge qualifiers take place at German track Abensberg and Hungarian club Debrecen on May 29. The race to line up in next year’s SGP2 series takes place on May 20, with Vojens Speedway Center – venue for the final round of the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship series on September 15 – staging one of the qualifying rounds. The other two take place at former FIM Slovenian Speedway GP track Krsko and legendary Czech venue Pardubice on the same day. The top four riders from each of these three qualifiers will then battle it out in Prague on June 2, Gorzow on June 23 and Vojens on September 15 for the SGP2 title, won by Poland’s Mateusz Cierniak in 2022. The semi-finals of SGP3 – the 250cc FIM Speedway Youth World Championship for under-16 riders – will be staged at Swedish club Vastervik on Wednesday, July 12 – just two days before the FIM SGP3 Final takes place in Malilla on Friday, July 14. The SGP3 events are set to be an epic appetiser for the FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla on Saturday, July 15. Speedway’s youngest riders battle it out on 85cc machines in the FIM Speedway Youth Gold Trophy at Danish club Holsted on July 8.

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