The squads for the 2016 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup in July have been revealed.
With nine countries, featuring 13 of the 15 FIM Speedway Grand Prix riders between them as well as a host of other international superstars, the Monster Energy SWC is set to be one of the top weeks on the world speedway calendar.
The action gets underway with Event 1 at Danish track Vojens on Saturday, July 23, when hosts Denmark tackle six-time winners Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic.
Denmark will be determined to bounce back from their Final heartbreak at Vojens last summer with a squad featuring triple world champion Nicki Pedersen, five-time national champion Niels-Kristian Iversen and Peter Kildemand.
Poland will be captained by Maciej Janowski with Jaroslaw Hampel still battling his way back from a broken leg and omitted from the squad. Magic is joined by the likes of Bartosz Zmarzlik and Piotr Pawlicki.
Russia pick a power-packed squad, starring former world No.3 Emil Sayfutdinov plus brothers Grigorii and Artem Laguta. And the Czechs will be led by Mitas Czech SGP wild card Vaclav Milik.
Sweden then launch their title defence on home shale in Event 2 at Vastervik on Tuesday, July 26, when they face Australia, the USA and Germany.
The hosts name the likes of in-form Antonio Lindback, plus SGP star Andreas Jonsson, Fredrik Lindgren, Peter Ljung and Linus Sundstrom who all starred in their glorious 2015 campaign.
Australia are spearheaded by Jason Doyle and 2012 world champion Chris Holder, who is joined in the squad by his younger brother Jack – the reigning Aussie Under-21 champion. Young guns Max Fricke and Brady Kurtz are also battling for their Monster Energy SWC debuts.
The USA will be spearheaded by triple world champion Greg Hancock, while the German team features former New Zealand SGP winner Martin Smolinski.
The winners of each event join Great Britain in the Monster Energy SWC Final in Manchester on Saturday, July 30.
The Lions will be captained by double world champion Tai Woffinden, with the squad also featuring SGP racer Chris Harris, new British champion Danny King, plus Cardiff track reserves Steven Worrall and Robert Lambert.
The second and third-placed teams in Events 1 and 2 advance to the Race Off, also in Manchester, on Friday, July 29. The winners of that showdown complete the Final line-up.
For Events 1 and 2, each country must select four riders plus one under-21 reserve to make up their final side. The final teams will be revealed two weeks before the meeting.
Team line-ups for the Monster Energy SWC Race Off and Final can be declared no later than 30 minutes after practice in Manchester, giving team managers the option to make changes from the opening events and see who impresses on the National Speedway Stadium circuit.
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MONSTER ENERGY SWC SQUADS:
EVENT 1 (VOJENS, DENMARK – JULY 23)
DENMARK: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Hans Andersen, Kenneth Bjerre, Peter Kildemand, Bjarne Pedersen, Leon Madsen, Nicki Pedersen, Michael Jepsen Jensen, Frederik Jakobsen and Mikkel B Andersen.
POLAND: Maciej Janowski, Piotr Pawlicki, Bartosz Zmarzlik, Patryk Dudek, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Grzegorz Zengota, Przemyslaw Pawlicki, Piotr Protasiewicz, Pawel Przedpelski, Krystian Pieszczek.
RUSSIA: Grigorii Laguta, Artem Laguta, Andrei Kudriashov, Emil Sayfutdinov, Viktor Kulakov, Gleb Chugunov, Vadim Tarasenko, Renat Gafurov, Sergei Logachev, Sergei Darkin.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Josef Franc, Zdenek Holub, Eduard Krcmar, Matej Kus, Martin Malek, Vaclav Milik, Tomas Suchanek, Hynek Stichauer, Michal Skurla, Ondrej Smetana.
EVENT 2 (VASTERVIK, SWEDEN – JULY 26)
SWEDEN: Antonio Lindback, Andreas Jonsson, Fredrik Lindgren, Joonas Kylmakorpi, Jacob Thorssell, Linus Sundstrom, Peter Ljung, Kim Nilsson, Joel Andersson, Joel Kling.
AUSTRALIA: Troy Batchelor, Jason Doyle, Max Fricke, Josh Grajczonek, Chris Holder, Jack Holder, Brady Kurtz, Sam Masters, Nick Morris, Rohan Tungate.
USA: Luke Becker, Ryan Fisher, Aaron Fox, Greg Hancock, Billy Janniro, Gino Manzares, Broc Nicol, Max Ruml, Ricky Wells, Scott Campos.
GERMANY: Martin Smolinski, Tobias Kroner, Kai Huckenbeck, Kevin Wolbert, Erik Riss, Michael Hartel, Valentin Grobauer, Tobias Busch, Mark Riss, Rene Deddens.
RACE OFF (MANCHESTER, GB – JULY 29)
Second and third-placed teams from Event 1
Second and third-placed teams from Event 2
FINAL (MANCHESTER, GB – JULY 30)
GREAT BRITAIN: Tai Woffinden, Josh Bates, Craig Cook, Adam Ellis, Chris Harris, Danny King, Robert Lambert, Scott Nicholls, Richie Worrall, Steven Worrall.
Winners of Event 1
Winners of Event 2
Winners of the Race Off
Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup