PRZEDPELSKI'S WARSAW DEBUT

Polish racer Pawel Przedpelski insists there’s “no big pressure” for his PGE Narodowy debut as he gets set for tonight’s Orlen FIM Speedway of Poland – Warsaw. Przedpelski is in his first season as a Speedway GP rider, but has experienced the iconic Warsaw roar twice as a track reserve in 2016 and 2017. The Torun hero did not take to the circuit on either of those occasions, so he can’t wait to face the world’s top riders over at least five rides. He said: “It’s something amazing for me to be racing with these guys in the GP finally. I am so happy and I can’t wait to race on this track. “Once I raced here in Warsaw – that was with the national team. But I know the track this weekend will be completely different than before. “There is no big pressure. Like the other riders, I just want to win every heat and I want to fight on every lap. I will do my best and we will see what happens.” Warsaw would be the perfect place for Przedpelski to bounce back from a tough opening round in Croatia, where he scored just one championship point. The FIM GP Challenge winner insists he’s only looking forward. He said: “There were some unhappy situations in Croatia, but today is a different day and the important day is today. I have a clear head. I want to do my best and what will happen, we will see.”

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NEW FIM SPEEDWAY APP LAUNCHED

Discovery Sports Events launches FIM Speedway app to offer fans the ultimate interactive racing experience via their smartphone App set to deliver live results, scores and qualifying practice times during each session, with all the latest news direct to fans – whether they are watching at trackside or around the world Enhanced telemetry including rider heartbeat and holeshot times set to elevate FIM Speedway app to a level never seen in the sport Power will be placed in the hands of fans as they compare and contrast the statistics of their favourite riders   Speedway fans have a new era of racing at their fingertips as Discovery Sports Events launches the FIM Speedway app, which can be downloaded for free now on iOS and Google Play. As part of its 10-year vision to elevate the fan experience, Discovery has created one of the most comprehensive speedway apps ever produced – a must-have for supporters, whether they are enjoying the action at trackside or around the world. Live results will be delivered during racing throughout every FIM Speedway event, featuring overall scores, heat-by-heat results and the FIM Speedway GP World Championship standings. But fans can take their experience well beyond this traditional speedway data with enhanced telemetry. The app features live rider heartbeats as the pressure builds ahead of every race. There are also holeshot times – so fans can track who hits the 30-metre mark first and wins the most first corners. The app will also give fans the perfect way to follow the Speedway GP stars throughout Qualifying Practice, with live lap times available during the session, plus see how many qualifying runs your favourite rider has remaining in their battle to secure first choice of starting positions for the Speedway GP. The FIM Speedway app is also the ultimate guide to all the Speedway GP riders, with the option to compare two riders head-to-head using their SGP stats. Get all the latest news from across the FIM Speedway world, guides to every FIM Speedway event and find out where to watch the action. François Ribeiro, head of Discovery Sports Events, commented: “Delivering a state-of-the-art app for a new era of FIM Speedway was an important part of our vision to take the fan experience to the next level. “Whether fans are looking for live results, live timing, the latest news or simply want to know a bit more about the riders and FIM Speedway, the app has it covered. “I would urge fans to download it ahead of this weekend’s racing and I’m sure it will become an integral part of the FIM Speedway experience.” Search ‘FIM Speedway’ on iOS and Google Play to download the app now.

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WARSAW DOUBLE FOR MADSEN?

Danish racer Leon Madsen is seeking a repeat of his 2019 Warsaw heroics as he bids for a PGE Narodowy double in the Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw tonight. Madsen raced to victory on his full-time Speedway GP debut in the Polish capital in May 2019 to start his career on the sport’s biggest stage in sensational style. It was a result that set Madsen on course for an unforgettable season as he followed up his Warsaw wins with victories in Cardiff and Torun to finish just two points behind world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik, as he claimed Speedway GP World Championship silver. The Dane finished second behind Bartosz Zmarzlik in Qualifying Practice on Friday as he showed his pace around PGE Narodowy again. And Madsen would love to deliver a repeat of his famous win three years ago. He said: “It was a long time ago now, but it feels like yesterday. It was a great night and great opening night for my GP campaign. I will try and do something similar tonight. “It’s nice to be back in these big stadiums again and racing in front of thousands of people. It’s great to be back. “Obviously I want to get the 20 points. I will give it as much as possible and to win it would be awesome.” Madsen raced to a solid 12 points at the series-opening FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec on April 30. Despite falling short of the final, the Danish international admits it was a good result in the circumstances as he battled illness in the lead-up to the event. He said: “Normally I would not say it was a strong performance with 12 points. Obviously I would have liked more. “But leading up to that event, I was sick with the flu. I was sitting at that hotel with a fever the night before. It was tough, so taking that into consideration, I was very happy with those 12 points. “I am still able to fight for the championship and that’s what I want. I am here to fight for the championship.”

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ZMARZLIK EYES FIRST WARSAW FINAL

Double world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik set his sights on an Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw final, before topping the Qualifying Practice timing charts. Zmarzlik zoomed to a fastest lap of 13.107 seconds – 0.074 seconds quicker than second-placed Leon Madsen, who topped the PGE Narodowy podium at the last Speedway GP staged in Warsaw in 2019. This earned Zmarzlik first choice of starting positions for Saturday’s Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP and he selected No.5 – the same number he selected when he topped the podium at the season-opening FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec. Zmarzlik’s selection gives him two starts from gate one in red, and he opens his night by taking on Freddie Lindgren, Jack Holder and Dan Bewley in race two. Speaking ahead of Qualifying Practice, Zmarzlik made no secret of his desire to reach his first Warsaw final after four straight semi-final exits. And he can’t wait to line-up in the Polish capital for the first time since 2019 following the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events. He said: “I am very happy to be back here. I want to get a good result in Warsaw because I have never had a final here. Maybe that will change tomorrow. But I am not thinking ‘I must’, only ‘I can’ and we will see what happens.” Polish riders are used to racing in front of sizeable crowds in the PGE Ekstraliga, but with over 50,000 fans expected in Warsaw on Saturday, the meeting remains track racing’s best attended event. The thunderous roar generated under the PGE Narodowy roof is enough to test the nerve of any rider – even one with two world titles. “This is a little bit of a different place for speedway,” Zmarzlik said. “There will be 55,000 people, which is a lot for us. But it’s better because many people come here and they want to see good racing.” WARSAW QUALIFYING PRACTICE TIMES (in seconds): BARTOSZ ZMARZLIK - 13.107 LEON MADSEN - 13.181 TAI WOFFINDEN - 13.288 MARTIN VACULIK - 13.352 PATRYK DUDEK - 13.363 MAX FRICKE - 13.423 PAWEL PRZEDPELSKI - 13.433 MACIEJ JANOWSKI - 13.469 DAN BEWLEY - 13.472 (Second Fastest: 13.473) JASON DOYLE - 13.472 (Second Fastest: 13.475) FREDRIK LINDGREN - 13.479 MIKKEL MICHELSEN - 13.497 MAKSYM DRABIK - 13.541 ROBERT LAMBERT - 13.569 ANDERS THOMSEN - 13.629 JACK HOLDER - 13.682

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SPEEDWAY GP ROARS BACK INTO POLISH CAPITAL WARSAW

Poland’s biggest speedway event makes a highly-anticipated return to PGE Narodowy after a three-year absence as the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars line up in the Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw on Saturday night. After two seasons of cancellations due to the pandemic, Speedway GP takes over Poland’s national stadium once again with a 50,000-plus crowd set to witness one of the biggest events on the track racing calendar. With some fans purchasing their tickets for this weekend’s action back in late 2019, the event has been a long time in the making as the sport’s biggest crowd reunites in a new era of FIM Speedway under new global promoter Discovery Sports Events. The action gets started on Friday afternoon with the Qualifying Practice session at 17:00 CET, where riders will battle the clock and each other for first pick of starting positions. The Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP then takes place on Saturday evening from 19:00 CET, with the event set to start with a Polish show of solidarity for a speedway neighbour as tifos of the Polish and Ukrainian flags fly side-by-side in the PGE Narodowy stands. Ukraine will also be represented in the event by second track reserve Vitalii Lysak, who is hoping to become only the second Ukrainian rider to compete in a Speedway GP event – following in the footsteps of 2021 first substitute rider Aleksandr Loktaev.   TIME FOR A HOME HERO? Polish fans, who can enjoy live coverage of the racing on free-to-air channel TTV and on Eurosport in Player, will be hoping to witness their first-ever home winner at PGE Narodowy. Double world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik is bidding to build on his victory at the series-opening FIM Speedway GP of Croatia - Donji Kraljevec on April 30. Zmarzlik is yet to reach a Warsaw final, but Polish rival Maciej Janowski has come within touching distance of PGE Narodowy victory, having finished second in both 2017 and 2018. Former world No.2 Patryk Dudek is also seeking to build on his third-place finish at the 2019 event as he returns to Speedway GP after a season out. FIM GP Challenge winner Pawel Przedpelski makes his Warsaw debut and wild card Maksym Drabik returns to Speedway GP after a near-three-year break. But the home heroes face stiff competition from the likes of triple world champion Tai Woffinden - winner of the 2016 and 2018 Warsaw events, as well as 2017 Warsaw winner Fredrik Lindgren, who has reached the rostrum on each of his last three PGE Narodowy appearances. Danish racer Leon Madsen won the last Warsaw event on his full-time Speedway GP debut in 2019. He triumphed in the final to launch his charge towards a Speedway GP World Championship silver medal. Danish duo Mikkel Michelsen and Anders Thomsen will also be keen to build on a strong start to 2022, having finished third and fourth respectively at the Speedway GP opening round in Croatia. 2022 ORLEN FIM SPEEDWAY GP OF POLAND – WARSAW LINE-UP (in ranking order with rider numbers: 95. Bartosz Zmarzlik (Poland), 71. Maciej Janowski (Poland), 66. Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden), 108. Tai Woffinden (Great Britain), 30. Leon Madsen (Denmark), 46. Max Fricke (Australia), 69. Jason Doyle (Australia), 505. Robert Lambert (Great Britain), 105. Anders Thomsen (Denmark), 54. Martin Vaculik (Slovakia), 323. Pawel Przedpelski (Poland), 155. Mikkel Michelsen (Denmark), 692. Patryk Dudek (Poland), 25. Jack Holder (Australia), 99. Dan Bewley (Great Britain), 16 Maksym Drabik (Poland – wild card), 17 Jakub Miskowiak (Poland – first track reserve), 18 Vitalii Lysak (Ukraine – second track reserve).   WARSAW FANZONE FUN Off the track, there’s an action-packed afternoon in store for fans in the Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP fanzone – next to gate 1 at PGE Narodowy on Saturday. With a Monster Energy Rig Riot from 16:00 CET and an autograph session featuring all the Speedway GP riders from 16:30 CET, it’s the perfect way to warm up for a huge night of racing. There will also be a host of photo opportunities, with fans able to grab a photo with the Speedway GP trophy from 14:30-17:30 CET or pose in front of the brand-new ‘We Love Speedway’ sign. There will be a display of old speedway bikes and the chance to sit on a speedway machine, with lots of activities for children and plenty of action in the Monster Energy zone throughout the afternoon.   WHERE TO WATCH Qualifying Practice: Friday, May 13 – 17:00 CET Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP: Saturday, May 14 – 19:00 CET Fans with access to Discovery+ or the Eurosport App, available in selected countries, can enjoy full live coverage of all the FIM Speedway action this year, featuring qualifying practice coverage, a documentary series and other innovative features, including live data such as rider heartbeat. Linear coverage is also available in selected countries – see below for more details of where to watch. BRITAIN: Live on Discovery+ and Eurosport 2 POLAND: Live on TTV and Eurosport in Player. SWEDEN: Live on Discovery+, with delayed coverage on Kanal 9 DENMARK: Live on Discovery+ and 6’Eren AUSTRALIA: Live on Fox Sports USA: Live on beIN SPORTS GERMANY: Live on the Eurosport App CZECH REP: Live on the Eurosport App CROATIA: Live on the Eurosport App NORWAY: Live on Discovery+ FINLAND: Live on Discovery+ ACROSS THE BALTICS: Live on Discovery+ and Go3 SELECTED ASIAN MARKETS: Delayed coverage on beIN SPORTS   2022 FIM SPEEDWAY GP CALENDAR The 2022 FIM Speedway World Championship includes: April 30: FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec May 14: Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw May 28: Prague FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic – Prague June 4: FIM Speedway GP of Germany – Teterow June 25: FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow July 9: FIM Speedway GP of MFR – Togliatti (suspended) August 13: FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff August 27: FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Wroclaw September 10: FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens September 17: FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla October 1: FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Torun November 5: FIM Speedway GP of Oceania – TBC

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