KUBERA'S CALL-UP FOR EKSTRALIGA INDIVIDUAL

Polish shooting star Dominik Kubera has been handed a wild card for the International Individual Ekstraliga Championship (IMME) in Torun on April 2. Kubera made a sensational impact on his FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut as a wild card in last year’s Lublin double-header – reaching the final on both nights on his PGE Ekstraliga home track. His heroics earned him the chance to race alongside double world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik at the FIM Speedway of Nations Semi-Final in Daugavpils in September, where he helped Poland to victory. Now Kubera will mix it will 11 Speedway GP riders in Torun and the Lublin racer cannot wait for the opportunity. He said: “This is great news for me. I would like to thank PGE Ekstraliga very much for the nomination. I will go to Torun ready to go and I will do my best.” Kubera is joined in the field by Zmarzlik, plus their national-team colleagues Maciej Janowski, Patryk Dudek, Pawel Przedpelski and Janusz Kolodziej, plus World Under-21 champion Jakub Miskowiak and Wiktor Lampart. Triple world champions Tai Woffinden and Nicki Pedersen are also in action, plus 2017 world champion Jason Doyle, Leon Madsen, Martin Vaculik, Robert Lambert, Jack Holder and reigning European champion Mikkel Michelsen.

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SPEEDWAY GP GUIDE | CARDIFF

As the countdown continues to the 2022 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series, FIMSpeeedway.com looks ahead to the action. Next up, we feature the return of the FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff on August 13 at 5pm. After two seasons away, Speedway GP bikes roar back into Principality Stadium to celebrate the 20th staging of Britain’s biggest arena motorsport event. And, for the first time ever, one ticket offers fans two days of racing this year as Cardiff also stages the FIM SGP2 of Great Britain on Sunday, August 14 at 1pm – featuring the sport’s brightest under-21 stars. Speedway GP first took place in the Welsh capital in 2001, when Swedish legend Tony Rickardsson topped the rostrum. Denmark’s Leon Madsen was the most recent winner in Cardiff in September 2019. But Great Britain’s FIM Speedway of Nations world title-winning trio Tai Woffinden, Robert Lambert and Dan Bewley will all be lining up at Principality Stadium, bidding to become the first home winner since Chris Harris in 2007. Bomber’s last-to-first charge past Speedway GP legends Leigh Adams, then Jason Crump and finally Greg Hancock with a breathtaking cutback on the last bend shook the home of Welsh rugby to its foundations. And there will be more roof-raising moments when the action returns in August. But the event is about so much more than the racing. The Cardiff fanzone is a huge part of any FIM British Speedway GP weekend, featuring autograph sessions, giveaways, entertainment and a chance to meet up with supporters from across the UK and beyond. The action then switches to the Principality Stadium, set in the heart of Cardiff city centre, surrounded by bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. Visitors can also head to Cardiff Castle, the National Museum or take in St Fagan’s National Museum of History – one of Europe’s leading open-air museums and Wales’ most popular heritage attraction. If you can tear yourself away from the city, the Brecon Beacons National Park is just an hour north of the Welsh capital. But with SGP2 also taking place in Cardiff in 2022, there will be plenty of racing to keep fans entertained! If you haven’t secured your FIM British Speedway GP tickets yet, don’t miss out. Secure yours online here now: https://bit.ly/3ixX9wQ.

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BEWLEY: SEEKING MORE THAN EXPERIENCE

Great Britain racer Dan Bewley insists he’s seeking more than experience as he prepares for his FIM Speedway Grand Prix call-up. The FIM Speedway of Nations world champion was named as Speedway GP second substitute rider for 2022, but was handed a place in the main line-up after Russian duo Artem Laguta and Emil Sayfutdinov saw their licences suspended by the FIM until further notice. Bewley joins first substitute star Jack Holder in receiving an unexpected opportunity and both men are out to impress against the world’s elite. Some might say the pair have little pressure on their shoulders, having been drafted in just weeks before the season-opening FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Gorican on April 30. But Wroclaw and Smederna rider Bewley insisted: “You don’t want to just show up and get experience. At least that’s not what I want to do. You don’t want to disgrace yourself – you want to do well.” The Cumbrian is working hard to prepare for a much busier schedule following his Speedway GP promotion. He said: “Obviously I was ready to go as it was. But it is pretty expensive in the GPs, so we just need to work out how we are going to make it work. Hopefully I can be ready and we will do the best we can. “It’s all so fresh at the minute, but we are working on things. We are going to be quite a bit busier with all the driving and it will be a little more difficult with the equipment and keeping on top of it. We will be so busy and pretty much always on the road. “We are going to have to adjust some things slightly, but we will sit down, see what we need to do and just try to make it work. It’s pretty last-minute, so it’s not easy. But we just have to do the best we can.” Bewley has worked closely with Wroclaw and GB team mate Tai Woffinden and his chief mechanic Jacek Trojanowski over the past year, with the triple world title-winning duo’s influence on and off the track clearly making a difference. Now they are rivals on the Speedway GP stage, but Bewley admitted: “We are at different points in our careers. I am just at the beginning and he is at the top really. Obviously that is where I am striving to be. “I am still working with Tai, Jaco and the whole team. Hopefully it will be a successful year; not just for me, but for the two of us. “I am just really happy with how everything is working. I just want to get racing and get some good results. We are starting to get back into it and I am looking forward to it.” Photo: Taylor Lanning

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PALM TOFT TRIUMPHS IN MANCHESTER

Danish racer Michael Palm Toft saw off Matej Zagar and Tai Woffinden to win a star-studded Peter Craven Memorial final in Manchester on Monday. Palm Toft helped Peterborough lift the SGB Premiership title in 2021, and he started the season in the same red-hot form, topping the podium ahead of former Belle Vue favourite Zagar in second and triple world champion Woffinden, who finished third in the six-man final. Aces rider Brady Kurtz took fourth place ahead of former world No.3 Niels-Kristian Iversen in fifth, while returning Belle Vue No.1 Max Fricke was sixth. Zagar topped the heat scorechart after five rides with 12 points, with Palm Toft second after receiving a late call-up for the meeting. Kurtz got the third automatic place in the final on nine points after registering two heat wins, a second and a third. Woffinden also scored nine, but was forced to contest the five-rider semi-final, which he won ahead of Iversen and Fricke, who also raced to nine points in the heats. Danish rider Nicolai Klindt claimed eight points from his opening three rides, but failed to score from his next two and finished fourth in the semi. Speedway GP newcomer Dan Bewley also fell short of final qualification. He ended the heats on nine and took fifth spot in the semi. FIM Speedway of Nations gold medallists Robert Lambert and Tom Brennan missed the semi-final cut on seven, along with former Speedway GP star Chris Harris and 2019 British champion Charles Wright. Aussie ace Jason Doyle collected six points. Photo: Taylor Lanning

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