REW SET FOR BRITISH DEBUT WITH IPSWICH

Australian Under-21 champion Keynan Rew admits Speedway GP rider Jason Doyle tempted him to Ipswich as he makes his British league debut in 2023. Rew has spent his entire European career in mainland Europe so far, forging a close connection with Polish giants Leszno, before making the move to First Division team Gdansk for next year. With former Bulls team mate Doyle leading the Ipswich side for a second straight season, Rew admits the 2017 world champion pointed him in the direction of Foxhall. He told the Witches website: “Me and Doyley are pretty good friends, we speak regularly, and he told me Ipswich is the place to be, that it is very professionally ran and there’s never a problem there. He helped me to make it happen and talked me into going. “My career so far has been based mainly in Europe. I haven’t done anything in the UK yet, so probably not a lot of people know me there. I have been racing in Poland for the last three years. I started in Rawicz, I went to Leszno and eventually ended up in Krosno last season in the First Division. Next season I will be racing in the First Division with Gdansk in Poland. “From what I have seen and heard, Ipswich is a very professional club and the management were great to deal with. When I started to speak to Chris (Louis), he made it very easy and simple to get a contract done, which made life simple and made me excited to join the team.” Rew hopes to hit the ground racing in the UK as he prepares for the Australian summer season. He said: “I will be doing a fair bit of racing in Australia and keep the bike time going whilst everyone else in Europe is struggling for bike time. That is an advantage for us. Other than that, I will chill out, go to work and enjoy my summer!” The 19-year-old appeared in the final round of this season’s SGP2 series – the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship – falling just short of the semi-finals at the FIM SGP2 of Poland – Torun on September 30. Polish-based Rew was a series reserve for this year’s competition, but he hopes to play a more regular role in SGP2 next season, as well as starring for his clubs. He added: “I would like to be scoring well in Poland and the UK. It is my first season in the UK, so I don’t have the biggest expectations, but I have goals and I want to be scoring well there and I have the personal goal to race in SGP2 and do well in that.”

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JUHL PEDERSEN BIDS TO BUILD ON TOP 2022 WITH GRINDSTED

Danish young gun Kevin Juhl Pedersen hopes build on a fine 2022 season and lift his Speedwayligaen form for Grinsted after signing for 2023. Juhl Pedersen qualified for SGP2 – the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship – finishing sixth overall after taking second place at the FIM SGP2 of Great Britain – Cardiff on August 14. Having starred for his clubs and on the world stage, Juhl Pedersen is keen to continue his progress in Grinsted colours next year, as he joins the likes of former Speedway GP rider Kenneth Bjerre and SGP2 rival Francis Gusts in the squad. He said: “2022 has been a really good year for me individually. I qualified for SGP2 with maximum points and had my second place in Cardiff, which was definitely the highlight of 2022. “In addition, I represented Denmark at the Speedway of Nations in Vojens and at the U23 European Championships in Tarnow. I also won silver at the Danish Under-21 Final in Grindsted. “At club level, I changed clubs in the Polish Second Division from Poznan to Lokomotiv (Daugavpils) in the middle of the season, where I got a permanent spot on the team that ended the play-offs in fourth place. “I made my debut in the best Swedish league with Rospiggarna, where we won a bronze medal. “The Speedwayligaen was more mixed for me. I had many good home races in Grindsted, but next season work needs to be done to improve my away-track results, and I hope we can get to the play-off finals with Grindsted. “I'm really looking forward to another season in Grindsted where the club has helped me with good sponsors and believed in me during every race.”

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REW ROARS TO AUSSIE U21 CROWN

Aussie international Keynan Rew blazed to a six-ride maximum to lift his first Australian Under-21 Championship at Gillman on Saturday. Rew stormed through his five heats unbeaten, before winning the A Final ahead of fellow Queensland racer Tate Zischke, who raced to 13 in the heats, before finishing second in the medal race. Birmingham Brummies star James Pearson was third in the A Final after making it through as B Final winner – finishing ahead of SON2 team mate Fraser Bowes in the last-chance race. Jacob Hook was fourth in the A Final after qualifying on 12 as three Queensland youngsters finished top of the heat scorechart. In the first Aussie Under-21 Final staged since Jaimon Lidsey triumphed in January 2020, Gdansk signing Rew underlined his position as Australia’s brightest under-21 star. The 19-year-old top-scored with 12 points for his country in SON2 – the FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship – at Vojens on July 29, as well as narrowly missing out on the semi-finals at the FIM SGP2 of Poland – Torun on September 30. Rew clocked up an average of 1.742 points per race for Krosno as they won promotion to the PGE Ekstraliga at the end of last season. He also finished third in the PGE Ekstraliga Under-24 league average charts for Leszno on 2.463. He now goes for national senior glory in the 2022 Australian Championship, which also takes place at Gillman as a one-off meeting on December 10, featuring reigning champion and Speedway GP rider Max Fricke. AUSTRALIAN UNDER-21 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: 1. Keynan Rew 15, 2. Tate Zischke 13, 3. James Pearson 11, 4. Jacob Hook 12, 5. Fraser Bowes 11, 6. Maurice Brown 9, 7. Liam May 9, 8. Cordell Rogerson 9, 9. Michael West 8, 10. Jack McDiarmid 5, 11. Patrick Hamilton 5, 12. Lachlan Hayes 3, 13. Harrison Ryan 3, 14. Tom Dixon 3, 15. Jackson Milner 2, 16. Teagan Pedler 2.

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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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NEW DANISH DEALS FOR SALONEN & GUSTS

Finnish racer Timi Salonen has been handed a Danish Speedwayligaen recall by Slangerup for 2023, while his fellow SGP2 star Francis Gusts continues his spell with Grinsted. Salonen enjoyed an impressive 2022 season, qualifying for SGP2 and helping Finland reach their first world final of the 21st century at the FIM Speedway of Nations in Vojens. A crash in his opening race in the FIM SON Final left Salonen with a broken collarbone and side-lined him for the remainder of the Danish season. But the promise he showed was enough to tempt Slangerup into giving him another season in their colours. Elsewhere, Gusts will also race on in the Speedwayligaen after penning a new deal with Grindsted. He also impressed on the world stage, finishing second at the FIM SGP2 of Czech Republic – Prague last May, as well as leading Latvia to fourth place in FIM Speedway of Nations – SON2 in Vojens. He suffered an injury to his left knee in the Speedwayligaen play-off semi-finals, cutting his campaign short and forcing him out of the FIM SGP2 of Poland – Torun on September 30. But like Salonen, Latvia’s next top star is being tipped to impress in 2023 – the year FIM Speedway returns to Gusts’ homeland with the FIM Speedway GP of Latvia – Riga on August 12 and SON2 at Bikernieki 24 hours earlier.

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