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THE FUTURE OF YOUTH SPEEDWAY IS HERE AS SGP4 LAUNCHES IN 2023
In the season speedway celebrates its 100th anniversary, the sport’s youngest talents will take to the track in Malilla, Sweden on July 15 for the launch of revolutionary youth category SGP4.
As part of their 10-year vision to nurture FIM Speedway’s future stars, Discovery Sports Events has enlisted the expertise of six-time world champion Tony Rickardsson to develop a new entry-level bike, aimed at 11 to 13-year-olds, to help the sport’s next generation take their first steps into speedway.
After a year of testing and development across Europe, a 190cc, four-stroke bike has been selected and the SGP4 bike will make its international debut on the Skrotfrag Arena training track on the day of the 2023 FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla on July 15.
Young riders from around the world will be invited to race at one of world speedway’s most famous venues, and it is hoped national federations will adopt the SGP4 bike for their own national championships from 2024.
Youth riders around the world currently start racing on different bikes, with Scandinavian nations staging 85cc competitions and other countries running 125cc categories for their youngest stars.
Rickardsson believes having one standard bike for youth riders would offer them the perfect stepping stone on their journey towards FIM Speedway Grand Prix stardom.
He said: “The idea of this bike which we have worked on is it should look like a big bike, sound like a big bike and, most importantly, it should ride like a big bike, but in a small package and for a reasonable sum of money. I think we have reached all of these criteria.
“These bikes are built for approximately 11 to 13-year-olds, size-wise, but it could be a practice bike for anybody.
“All in all, the first objective was to build a class where you can come from all over the world and race under the same regulations on an international level. We are hoping all the national federations will also pick up this bike model for their national championships as well.
“If you want to race internationally, it will be with the SGP4 bike. When I started this project, people said it would be impossible to change. But now everybody I speak to is hopefully going to implement these bikes into their national championships.
“This is the future. It is also the first time you can go and buy a bike ready to race, and not only at national level. You can go international.”
Further details about the SGP4 bikes, prices and how to order will be available on FIMSpeedway.com later this year, with the machines also on display in FIM Speedway fanzones throughout the 2023 season.
Check back here throughout the year for all the latest updates and more news on the SGP4 project.