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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ALL 10 FIM SPEEDWAY VENUES RETURN FOR 2023

The 2023 FIM Speedway calendar has been confirmed as venues across eight different countries host FIM Speedway World Championships action and the sport celebrates its 100th season. A century on from the first speedway event in 1923, the sport’s current generation of stars will mark a huge anniversary season with another epic year of 500cc, no-brakes, wheel-to-wheel racing on the sport’s most famous stages. Nine of the 2022 venues take their place on the Speedway GP calendar, while Wroclaw’s legendary Olympic Stadium makes history once again, when it stages the much-anticipated return of the FIM Speedway World Cup from July 25-29, 2023. It’s the first time the competition has been taken place since 2017 and the first time all four events have taken place in one city as part of new global promoter Discovery Sports Events’ vision to restore the popular tournament and create the ultimate festival of team racing – staged every three seasons. Subject to final agreement with the local organiser, Latvian capital Riga is set to host the nation’s first SGP event since 2017 on Saturday, August 12. As part of a huge double-header of action at the city’s motorsport haven Bikernieki, Latvia’s talented under-21 team bids for FIM Speedway of Nations – SON2 gold on Friday, August 11, when the sport’s top seven under-21 sides race for the FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship. The SGP season opens with the FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec once again on April 29 – 12 months after Speedway Stadion Milenium made an unforgettable return to the calendar following a 10-year absence with the first event of the DSE era. Warsaw’s iconic PGE Narodowy hosts the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw on May 13, where over 50,000 passionate fans saw the sport’s top riders go wheel to wheel earlier this year. Prague’s Marketa Stadium is back with another double-header of action in 2023, as it hosts its record-breaking 29th FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic – Prague on Saturday, June 3. Fans can enjoy two nights of racing in the picturesque Czech capital with the FIM SGP2 of Czech Republic also taking place on Friday, June 2 as the 2023 FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship gets underway. Just seven days after the Prague events, the FIM Speedway GP of Germany – Teterow brings thousands of fans to the historic Bergring Arena on June 10. The action then switches to the Edward Jancarz Stadium for the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow on Saturday, June 24, with fans in Gorzow also set to enjoy a double-header of racing as the venue hosts the FIM SGP2 of Poland on Friday, June 23. Sweden’s biggest weekend of racing is next as the FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla returns to the Skrotfrag Arena on Saturday, July 15. But that’s not all, as the sport’s brightest under-16 stars also take to the Swedish forest track on Friday, July 14 for the FIM SGP3 Final – the FIM Speedway Youth World Championship contested on 250cc machines, which delivered one of the meetings of the season in Wroclaw last summer. The focus then switches to team racing as the FIM Speedway World Cup roars back on to the calendar in Wroclaw from July 25-29, when hosts Poland defend the Ove Fundin Trophy, which they won in Leszno in 2017. The two Semi-Finals take place on Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26, with the winners joining Poland in the FIM SWC Final on Saturday, July 29. The second and third-placed nations in each semi contest the FIM SWC Race Off on Friday, July 28 with the winners completing the Final four. The first-ever FIM Speedway GP of Latvia – Riga is due to take place on Saturday, August 12 – just 24 hours after the SON2 event at Bikernieki on Friday, August 11. The event comes six years after Daugavpils’ Lokomotiv Stadium last hosted a Latvian round in 2017. Britain’s best arena motorsport event is back on Saturday, September 2, as the FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff comes to the iconic Principality Stadium, which hosted its 20th Speedway GP event in 2022. Racing then switches to the legendary Vojens Speedway Center for the FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens on Saturday, September 16. And fans will also see the 2023 FIM Speedway Under-21 world champion crowned as the title-deciding FIM SGP2 of Denmark wraps up the race for junior speedway’s biggest prize on Friday, September 15. The season ends in style with the always-exciting FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Torun on September 30, where the 2023 Speedway GP world champion will lift the trophy at a packed Marian Rose Motoarena. François Ribeiro, head of Discovery Sports Events, looks forward to building on a strong first season for the group as FIM Speedway global promoter, while continuing efforts to expand the calendar beyond Europe. He said: “We are delighted to welcome back all 10 of our FIM Speedway venues for speedway’s centenary season in 2023 – an occasion we will celebrate in style both on and off the track. “We extend a special welcome to our new partners in Riga, as they look set to join the Speedway GP series, subject to final agreement. “I would like to thank all of the local organisers we worked with in 2022 as they teamed up with us to elevate the FIM Speedway experience on and off the track for riders, fans and television viewers. We look forward to joining forces with all of our stakeholders for another exciting season in 2023. “Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach an agreement to bring the Speedway GP series back to Australia for 2023. But I can assure everyone that work continues behind the scenes to take the world’s best riders back to one of speedway’s biggest nations. “Bringing the Speedway GP series to Australia remains a key objective and, when it happens, we are determined to deliver an unforgettable event that is well worth the wait for our passionate fans Down Under and one that can be sustained for many years to come.” Visit FIMSpeedway.com and follow the @SpeedwayGP social media accounts throughout the off-season for all the top FIM Speedway news, plus more information on ticket sales.   2023 FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX CALENDAR April 29 – FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec May 13 – FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw June 3 - FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic – Prague June 10 - FIM Speedway GP of Germany – Teterow June 24 - FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow July 15 - FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla August 12 - FIM Speedway GP of Latvia – Riga* September 2 - FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff September 16 - FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens September 30 - FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Torun   2023 FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP CALENDAR (all events to be staged at Wroclaw’s Olympic Stadium in Poland) Tuesday, July 25 – FIM Speedway World Cup Semi-Final 1 Wednesday, July 26 – FIM Speedway World Cup Semi-Final 2 Friday, July 28 – FIM Speedway World Cup Race Off Saturday, July 29 – FIM Speedway World Cup Final   2023 SGP2 FIM SPEEDWAY UNDER-21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR Friday, June 2 – FIM SGP2 of Czech Republic – Prague Friday, June 23 – FIM SGP2 of Poland – Gorzow Friday, September 15 – FIM SGP2 of Denmark – Vojens   2023 SON2 FIM TEAM SPEEDWAY UNDER-21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Friday, August 11 – FIM Speedway of Nations - SON2 – Riga, Latvia*   2023 SGP3 FIM SPEEDWAY YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Friday, July 14 – FIM SGP3 Final – Malilla   * Events subject to final promoter agreement

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PRAGUE SET FOR SPEEDWAY GP & SGP2 DOUBLE IN 2023

Speedway GP and SGP2 both return to Prague’s Marketa Stadium on June 2 and 3, with tickets for an epic FIM Speedway double-header on sale this Tuesday at 20:23 CET. The 29th FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic – Prague takes place on Saturday, June 3, when the world’s top riders battle it out for FIM Speedway World Championship points. And once again there will be double the FIM Speedway action in the Czech capital as the sport’s brightest under-21 stars go wheel to wheel in the FIM SGP2 of Czech Republic on Friday, June 2 – the perfect way to start a big speedway weekend. The Marketa Stadium has hosted Speedway GP action every year since 1997 and staged two rounds in 2020 and 2021 – meaning it has played host to more SGP heats than any other venue in the world. Slovak star Martin Vaculik was a popular winner of his local event in May this year and will bid to make it two Prague wins on the bounce. But former Marketa winners Bartosz Zmarzlik, Maciej Janowski, Freddie Lindgren, Tai Woffinden and Jason Doyle are among the riders also bidding to top the box. Enjoy one of speedway’s ultimate European city breaks – tickets will be available via Ticketportal from Tuesday at 20:23 CET. Christmas packages are available for those seeking to gift the speedway fan in their life a trip to Marketa Stadium in 2023. VIP packages are also available, including top seats, refreshments and a book celebrating 25 years of SGP racing in Prague. Check back on Tuesday for more details and to access the sale.

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