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Fifteen countries, four nights of racing, and only one SON World Champion
Danish coastal city Esbjerg hosts speedway’s world team championship from July 27-30, 2022 as 2021 winners Great Britain defend the world title they claimed in dramatic style in Manchester.
It’s the first time the entire tournament has taken place over multiple days in one city. Semi-Finals 1 and 2 will be staged on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 respectively, when the top three countries will book their place in the SON Final alongside hosts Denmark on Saturday, July 30.
In a first for 2022, every country will be able to track three senior stars, with the reserve rider no longer required to be an under-21.
But speedway’s rising stars still get their chance to shine on Friday, July 29 in FIM Speedway of Nations – SON2, contested by seven of the sport’s top junior nations selected by the FIM.
It’s all about team riding in the SON, with teams awarded four points for a heat win, three for second, two for third and zero for last place or failing to finish.
Great Britain capitalised on 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 the 2021 Grand Final in Manchester.
But the Poles will be seeking their first SON world title in Esbjerg, while hosts Denmark will bid to better their 2020 and 2021 bronze medals on home soil.
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.
The stakes are high as the sport’s top names race for their countries in Esbjerg, but only one team can be crowned SON world champions!