Tonight the 2012 FIM Speedway Challenge will be held in the Stadium Millenium Donji Kraljevec. At 19H20 GMT, the top best speedway riders will try to be selected for the 2013 Speedway Grand Prix World Championship Series.
The riders will have only 5 heats in order to be in the top 3 in this high level meeting. The 3 riders who will be on the rostrum will be directly and permanently seeded to the SGP next year.
Krzysztof Kasprzak, the Polish star who made a sensational Grand Prix race in Cardiff last August believes the time is right for him to end his four-year exile from the permanent SGP field.
He feels ready to mix it with the top 15 Speedway Grand Prix stars again, but knows getting a top three finish in Gorican will be hard work.
Danish racer Niels-Kristian Iversen is determined to take his World Championship fate into his own hands .The King’s Lynn, Gorzow, Indianerna and Esbjerg star has been in the form of his life this year and arguably starts the qualifier in Croatia as the favourite to triumph in this event.
Danish starlet Michael Jepsen Jensen admits he will need to speed up his starts if he is to earn an SGP spot in the GP Challenge at Gorican tonight. MJJ is also on his way to the 2012 FIM Speedway Under 21 World Championship title and he is the rookie that all the Danish fans are following tonight. They will never forget his famous victory in the FIM Dansk Metal Nordic SGP at Vojens last Saturday
Slovak sensation and 22 years’ old Martin Vaculik is also ready to shake-up the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series as he targets qualification for 2013.
Jurica Pavlic admits it will be a tough meeting and believes that every rider has a chance to be on the rostrum tonight. He feels a bit more pressure because he will be in front of his own supporters on his home track. He will need to be in top form if he wants to make sure he qualifies. He is already focused and he will use of all of his experiences he has had and tactics on the track he knows so well .
According to the specialists, the bets are difficults as the grid is completed by Leon Madsen (DEN), Krzystof Buczkowski (POL), the german Martin Smolinski, Peter Kildemand (DEN), the aussie Troy Batchelor, the Swedish star Peter Ljung from Vetlanda, Matej Zagar from Slovenia, the Danish Grand Prix rider Hans Andersen (DEN), the Czech Ales Dryml, the 2009 polish SGP rider Grzegor Walasek and Adrian Miedzinski. The Cornwall rider Ben Barker will also be on standby as a reserve rider if anybody gets injured.