Gilmore wins the 2016 FIM Speedway Youth World Cup 250cc
Matthew Gilmore retained his Youth World Cup he won in 2015 with a mature display in the Final in Gustrow, Germany on Friday. The 15 year old from Cowra, New South Wales cruised through the qualifying races dropping only one point to Denmark’s Mads Hansen in the process.
Hansen had looked in control with some fast starts taking maximum points on his route to the final where he and Gilmore were joined by Jedd List and Arslan Fayzulin. However his starting let him down in the critical last race where he found himself in last place coming out of the first bend and was forced to fight his way through in the chase for Gilmore who had bravely swept around the outside and opened a clear lead. After passing the Russian Hansen squeezed through the smallest of gaps to take List on the third lap but was unable to catch the flying Aussie.
Fayzulin had recovered from a pointless first race to reach the semi final stage as did Britain’s Leon Flint, the youngest competitor and Frenchman Gaeton Stella who showed his racing character with some great passing moves. Niklas Sayrio and Kenneth Jurgensen were the other semi final qualifiers.
1 Matthew Gilmore Australia 20
2 Mads Hansen Denmark 20
3 Jedd List Australia 16
4 Arslan Fayzulin Russia 11
5 Niklas Sayrio Finland 11
6 Gaetan Stella France 10
7 Kenneth Jurgensen Denmark 10
8 Leon Flint Great Britain 7
Racing was at a very high level throughout the meeting, worthy of a major final and a credit to the enthusiasm of all the riders and their back up teams. Despite the competitive action there were no racing accidents. FIM Track Racing Director Armando Castagna was on hand to present the medals and will have been greatly impressed by the organisation and sporting attitude of the riders.