The teams for Event 1 of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup at Danish venue Vojens on July 23 have been confirmed.
Denmark launch their quest for a fifth SWC gold medal against Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic, with the winners advancing directly into the Monster Energy SWC Final in Manchester on July 30, and the second and third-placed sides lining up in the Race Off there on July 29.
The hosts are led by skipper Niels-Kristian Iversen, with former FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars Michael Jepsen Jensen and Kenneth Bjerre – both Vojens track specialists – joining him. Fast-gating Leon Madsen completes the four-man team, with Frederik Jakobsen named as their under-21 back-up rider.
Six-time champions Poland bring a very young, but very promising side to the Vojens Speedway Center – featuring four World Under-21 champions. Maciej Janowski retains the captaincy with Jaroslaw Hampel still injured. He’s joined by SGP rivals Bartosz Zmarzlik and Piotr Pawlicki, who both piled up big points at the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff last Saturday.
New Polish champion Patryk Dudek completes the quartet, with Poland having the luxury of calling on FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship leader Krystian Pieszczek if any of their riders are injured during the meeting.
Russia track their most powerful side since finishing third at the 2012 Monster Energy SWC Final in Malilla. Their challenge is spearheaded by former world No.3 Emil Sayfutdinov, with brothers Grigorii and Artem Laguta alongside him. Andrei Kudriashov is their fourth man, with Viktor Kulakov their under-21 reserve.
The Czechs are led into action by national speedway hero and SGP third reserve Vaclav Milik. He teams up with Eduard Krcmar, Josef Franc and Matej Kus, with Zdenek Holub as their standby star.
Teams for Event 2 in Vastervik on Tuesday, July 26 will be announced soon.
MONSTER ENERGY SWC EVENT 1 TEAMS
RUSSIA (RED): 1 Grigorii Laguta, 2 Emil Sayfutdinov (captain), 3 Andrei Kudriashov, 4 Artem Laguta. RESERVE: Viktor Kulakov. TEAM MANAGER: Andrei Savin.
POLAND (BLUE): 1 Maciej Janowski (captain), 2 Patryk Dudek, 3 Piotr Pawlicki, 4 Bartosz Zmarzlik. RESERVE: Krystian Pieszczek. TEAM MANAGER: Marek Cieslak.
CZECH REPUBLIC (WHITE): 1 Josef Franc, 2 Matej Kus, 3 Eduard Krcmar, 4 Vaclav Milik (captain). RESERVE: Zdenek Holub. TEAM MANAGER: Milan Spinka.
DENMARK (YELLOW): 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Leon Madsen, 3 Michael Jepsen Jensen, 4 Niels-Kristian Iversen (captain). RESERVE: Frederik Jakobsen. TEAM MANAGER: Soren Andersen.