KILDEMAND MAKES UK COMEBACK WITH KING'S LYNN

Danish racer Peter Kildemand is back in Britain for 2022 after signing for SGB Premiership side King’s Lynn. Kildemand was unveiled as part of a side also featuring 2021 Stars riders Richard Lawson, Thomas Jorgensen and Lewis Kerr. Richie Worrall makes the move from Belle Vue, while promising Aussie racer Josh Pickering joins from Sheffield. Norfolk youngster Jack Thomas completes the line-up after being handed the club’s Rising Star spot. Former FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Kildemand last competed in the UK when he had a stint with Poole in 2018. He won the 2014 FIM Speedway World Cup with his country, before racing to 2015 Danish SGP and 2016 Slovenian SGP victories. While he has not followed up those successes in recent years, King’s Lynn boss Alex Brady says he won’t be short of back-up in a side he feels has plenty of strength in depth. He said: “Overall I'm really, really pleased with how we have built the 2022 side. We have not gone for an out-and-out No.1 like Ipswich have with Jason Doyle, but we've followed the strength-in-depth approach with almost five or six No.5s, and our three starting heat leaders all have the potential to improve their average. “In fact, had Richard Lawson not had his unfortunate accident at the back end of last season and continued in the same vein he had all year, he would've finished with an average in excess of eight points. “The strength-in-depth approach is something which leaves us with a strong reserve all season long, meaning that if a member of our top five is having an off-night, we have suitable replacements, something we did not have the luxury of in 2021. “I'm aware there will be mixed feelings in some quarters, but as a one-to-seven team, management team and a club in general, we're all really pleased with how we are set to line up. “I think the Premiership in 2022 will be one of the most competitive seasons for years. I can't wait to get started!” Elsewhere, Ipswich have named former Sheffield star Danyon Hume as their No.8 rider for 2022.

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HOLDER LEADS STELLAR SHEFFIELD SIDE

SGP first reserve Jack Holder is back with British side Sheffield to lead a stellar side for 2021. The Aussie icon teams up with British champion Adam Ellis, former SGP star Craig Cook, Polish racer Tobiasz Musielak and British racer Kyle Howarth in a power-packed top five at the Owlerton club. Reserve duo Stefan Nielsen and Connor Mountain complete the line-up, with Dan Thompson named as Tigers’ No.8 rider. Five of the riders return from the team that reached this season’s SGB Premiership semi-finals, but the arrival of Cook and Musielak significantly strengthens the Yorkshire side, placing them among the early title favourites. Elsewhere, reigning champions Peterborough line up with six of the stars that lifted the 2021 SGB Premiership title. Former SGP regulars Hans Andersen, Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls all return, along with Ulrich Ostergaard, Michael Palm Toft and Jordan Palin. Danish prospect Benjamin Basso replaces the retired Bjarne Pedersen after a sensational British debut season with SGB Championship double winners Poole. Meanwhile, Aussie icon Jason Doyle has been reunited with fellow countryman and former Swindon team mate Troy Batchelor at Ipswich. The pair joined forces to win the first and only league and cup double in Robins’ history in 2019 and will hope to bring the best out of each other again – this time at Foxhall. German international Erik Riss also takes his place in the Ipswich side, along with Danny King, Cameron Heeps, Anders Rowe and Paul Starke. Wolverhampton stepped up their team building for 2022 by recruiting Aussie racer Ryan Douglas. He joins British young guns Drew Kemp and Leon Flint at Monmore Green. King’s Lynn are set to announce their one-to-seven on Thursday evening, while Belle Vue Aces are yet to unveil their stars for next season. Photo: Taylor Lanning

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MADSEN EXPECTS LIONS TEST IN ESBJERG

Danish racer Leon Madsen can’t wait to see the FIM Speedway of Nations head to Esbjerg next summer, but admits reigning world champions Great Britain might adapt quickly to the Granly Speedway Arena track. The Danes took the bronze medals as the Lions won their first world team title for 32 years at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium on October 17. Madsen will be determined to lead his country a couple of steps further when Denmark hosts the revamped SON from July 27-30, 2022. For the first time ever, the sport’s world team champions will be crowned over four nights of epic action on one track, with both Semi-Finals, the SON 2 event for the sport’s under-21 stars and a one-day SON Final taking place at Esbjerg’s Granly Speedway Arena. The Danes will start among the favourites for gold as they are seeded into the Final as host nation. Madsen would love to lift Denmark’s first world title since their 2014 FIM Speedway World Cup win in Bydgoszcz. But he admits his side will not enjoy a huge home advantage from the track. He said: “To be honest, it’s a little bit similar to Manchester. I shouldn’t say that because now I have given good confidence to the British riders! “It is a good racing track as well. I am not sure that we have any advantage with the track, but we have an advantage with the home crowd like the British boys did this year. “Obviously when you race in front of your home crowd in the World Championship, you would like to win it. “We saw how nice it was for the British guys. It must be amazing to win it front of a home crowd. We want to try the same thing next year. Hopefully we can take it a step further in front of our home crowd.”

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New FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS format for 2022

FIM Speedway of Nations world championship will be contested over four nights in Danish city Esbjerg from July 27-30, 2022. The SON Final reverts to a new one-day format. Countries able to select THREE senior riders from 2022. FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship becomes SON 2 - and the sport's top youngsters will take centre stage in Esbjerg on Friday, July 29. Highest-ranked teams in SON 2022 set to join hosts Poland in the relaunched FIM Speedway World Cup in Torun in 2023.   Details of the new FIM Speedway of Nations format have been revealed, with the sport’s world team championship now set to be decided by a one-day Final. For the first time in the competition’s history, the SON tournament will take place across four nights at one venue as Danish seaside city Esbjerg stages the action at Granly Speedway Arena from July 27-30, 2022. Fifteen countries battle it out for the right to become SON world champions – a title currently held by Great Britain, after they won their first world team championship for 32 years in Manchester on October 17. National team managers must select three riders for their SON side, but in a change from this year, the No.3 is no longer required to be an under-21 rider and it is not mandatory for this reserve star to compete. However, the sport’s top under-21 riders will very much take centre stage on Friday, July 29, in the first-ever SON 2 event, which sees hosts Denmark and six nations nominated by the FIM battle it out for the junior world team title – formerly known as the FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship. Seven countries race in SON Semi-Final 1 on Wednesday, July 27, with another seven battling it out in Semi-Final 2 on Thursday, July 28. The draw to decide the line-up of nations for each Semi-Final will be made by the FIM. The top three countries in each Semi-Final progress to the SON Final, where they join hosts Denmark, who are seeded into the event as host nation. In a change from 2021, the SON Final will no longer take place over two days and will revert to a one-day Final, which will bring the curtain down on an epic week of racing on Saturday, July 30. In Friday’s SON 2 event and Saturday’s SON Final, the highest-scoring country over 21 heats will automatically advance to the Grand Final. The second and third-placed teams meet in the Grand Final Qualifier for the right to join them, with the highest-scoring team in the Grand Final crowned 2022 world champions. The SON scoring system remains unchanged with riders awarded four points for winning a heat, three for second, two for third and zero points for last place, being disqualified or failing to finish. The format is designed to reward team riding and means avoiding last places will be vital. Great Britain proved this when Robert Lambert and Dan Bewley finished second and third behind Poland’s Bartosz Zmarzlik to clinch the 2021 SON world championship with a 5-4 heat advantage in this year’s Grand Final in Manchester. As an added incentive, next year’s highest-ranked SON teams earn the right to race in the re-launched FIM Speedway World Cup, which takes place at iconic Polish venue Torun in July 2023. Poland is certain of a spot in the 2023 SWC Final as host nation and the eight semi-finalists will be nominated by the FIM according to the 2022 SON rankings. François Ribeiro, head of Discovery Sports Events, is determined to give fans a week to remember in Esbjerg. He said: “We are pleased to partner with Esbjerg Motorsport to bring one of the biggest events in FIM Speedway to Esbjerg, a region with a strong speedway fan base. “The new FIM Speedway of Nations format with racing staged on one circuit over four consecutive nights on the last weekend of July will offer fans a unique opportunity to gather on Denmark’s west coast and join fans from all over the world in supporting their national team. “Discovery Sports Events is committed to offering fans a unique experience and making the SON something special, with a lot of promotional activities during the day and great racing every evening. “As part of our long-term commitment to invest in the future of the sport from its grassroots right through to professional level, the world’s most promising U21s will race on the same stage as the sport’s biggest stars. We look forward to celebrating this new era of FIM Speedway of Nations in Denmark next year." Lars Guldager Dyhr, director of the Esbjerg club, said: “It will of course be a fantastic task for us as a club to stage a real speedway party over four days, and we are proud that Granly Speedway Arena will stage the very first edition of such a speedway event. It's completely unique. “We are the oldest club that stages speedway in Denmark, so in a way, the sport returns home to its Danish cradle. “Now it is our task together with Esbjerg Municipality to make sure that we create a good home for not just the SON, but also more big races in the future, because that is what we have worked for. “It requires improved facilities and this should, of course, elevate the viewing experience in general. It is a proud moment in the club's history, and we look forward to a hopefully long-term collaboration with Discovery and Esbjerg Municipality, which has been a driving force in bringing this event to our city.” Armando Castagna, FIM Track Racing Director, commented: “The new SON system and having all the competitions staged together over a few days at the same venue will create a unique atmosphere for this very special World Championship. I'm sure that it will be a week full of entertainment and surprises.” Further details about the 2022 FIM Speedway of Nations and ticket information will be released in due course.

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HOLDER HEADS SPEEDWAY GP 2022 SUBSTITUTES LIST

Substitute riders revealed as full 2022 FIM Speedway Grand Prix line-up confirmed.   Australia's Jack Holder leads the list of 2022 FIM Speedway Grand Prix substitute riders to complete next year’s World Championship line-up.  The main SGP 2022 field features 15 permanent riders, led by the likes of new world champion Artem Laguta, Poland’s double world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik and new world No.3 Emil Sayfutdinov. But if one of the regular SGP stars is forced out of a round due to injury, illness or other reasons, the FIM calls up a rider from the substitutes list to replace them. It’s a scheme that continues to offer those outside the SGP 15 a golden opportunity to gain priceless experience on the sport’s biggest stage. Holder has been handed the chance to serve as first reserve for 2022 after two sensational seasons in Poland’s PGE Ekstraliga. He helped Gorzow to the 2020 play-off final, as well as leading Torun to promotion in Poland’s First Division. He then starred again as Torun retained their Ekstraliga status this year. The New South Wales-born racer, who also rides for Sheffield Tigers in the UK, made his series debut as a wild card at the 2020 Torun SGP of Poland double-header, scoring 12 championship points over two nights and will be keen to build on that next season. The second reserve is Dan Bewley, the British Championship runner-up who played a pivotal role in Polish club Wroclaw’s PGE Ekstraliga title win this season. He also races for SGB Premiership side Belle Vue in the UK. Former European champion Andzejs Lebedevs of Latvia is named as the third substitute rider. His selection comes just weeks after he inspired his country into their first-ever Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester next week following their historic second place at Semi-Final 2 in Lebedevs’ home city Daugavpils on September 18. Poland’s new FIM Speedway Under-21 world champion Jakub Miskowiak is the fourth substitute star. He lifted junior speedway’s biggest prize at Czech track Pardubice on October 1 after a stellar season with Czestochowa in Poland. FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship runner-up Mads Hansen of Denmark is named as fifth reserve, with American ace Luke Becker sixth on the list and France’s David Bellego at No.7 after they both starred for their respective countries at the Monster Energy SON Semi-Finals in Daugavpils. If any further substitute riders are needed, the SGP Commission will nominate additional riders on a meeting-by-meeting basis. FULL 2022 FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX LINE-UP:  1. Artem Laguta (MFR) 2. Bartosz Zmarzlik (Poland) 3. Emil Sayfutdinov (MFR) 4. Maciej Janowski (Poland) 5. Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden) 6. Tai Woffinden (Great Britain) 7. Leon Madsen (Denmark) 8. Max Fricke (Australia) 9. Jason Doyle (Australia) 10. Robert Lambert (Great Britain) 11. Anders Thomsen (Denmark) 12. Martin Vaculik (Slovakia) 13. Pawel Przedpelski (Poland) 14. Mikkel Michelsen (Denmark) 15. Patryk Dudek (Poland) SUBSTITUTE RIDERS SR1. Jack Holder (Australia) SR2. Dan Bewley (Great Britain) SR3. Andzejs Lebedevs (Latvia) SR4. Jakub Miskowiak (Poland) SR5. Mads Hansen (Denmark) SR6. Luke Becker (USA) SR7. David Bellego (France)

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