Menu
Card image cap

MONSTER MEETING IN CALIFORNIA

A host of SGP stars past and present descend on California on December 29 for the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational.

14 / 11 / 2012, 14:50

A host of FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars past and present descend on California on December 29 for the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational in the City of Industry.

The meeting will feature American legend and double world champion Greg Hancock. He will be joined by 2010 SGP champ Tomasz Gollob and the USA’s 1996 world champ Billy Hamill. Grand Prix trio Emil Sayfutdinov, Antonio Lindback and Freddie Lindgren will also be amount the favourites.

Record seven-time British champion Scott Nicholls, 2011 World Under-21 champion Maciej Janowski, Team GB international Edward Kennett and American racer Ricky Wells are also set to appear.

Billy Janniro, Tyson Burmeister, Bryan Yarrow, Charlie Venegas, Gino Manzares and Jimmy Fishback will also fly the American flag.

The City of Industry’s indoor Grand Arena will host the action on a tight and technical, eighth-mile track, giving the SGP big guns half the shale they are used to competing on in the World Championship.

The meeting will be contested using the current SGP format, which sees all 16 riders meet each other over 20 heats, with the top eight reaching the semi-finals and the first two in those races contesting the final. Industry Racing track director Kelly Inman is delighted to host such a prestigious line-up.

Speedway is experiencing a resurgence in the US. The significance of this event for speedway racing in this country is incredible as these are the best riders in the world.

Kelly Inman

He said: “Speedway is experiencing a resurgence in the US. The significance of this event for speedway racing in this country is incredible as these are the best riders in the world.

“This is a one-of-a-kind chance for fans to be introduced to a new calibre and level of racing like they’ve never seen before. The same can be said for the American competitors, who wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to race against their European counterparts.”

Bruce Stjernstrom, vice president of sports marketing for Monster Energy, says the event comes as another boost to the burgeoning American speedway scene.

He said: “To invite a number of the world’s best speedway riders – many who won GPs in the 2012 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series – to the United States and have them line-up against a host of highly competitive racers from America is unprecedented.

“Speedway racing is really a global sport, with its largest fan base residing throughout Europe. However, the sport’s roots are very rich in Southern California, as well, which is why we made the decision to hold such a prestigious event here.”

Card image cap

RIDER REVIEW | MARTIN VACULIK

Rider Review takes a look back at how this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars got on. Today, we feature Martin Vaculik.

Card image cap

LAMBERT TO SIT OUT BRITISH LEAGUES?

Great Britain racer Robert Lambert has dropped a huge bombshell on King’s Lynn’s 2018 plans after suggesting he won’t be racing in the UK.

Card image cap

AUSSIE CHAMPIONSHIP LINE-UP REVEALED

The Australian Championship line-up has been revealed as Sam Masters launches his title defence next month.

Card image cap

JACK SET FOR SOMERSET

Aussie international Jack Holder is finally on his way to Somerset – three years after Rebels’ bid to sign him collapsed.

Card image cap

GOLLOB'S GREATEST TEST

Thomas Gaszynski saw Tomasz Gollob overcome a two-decade wait for world title glory, but admits his biggest test of all starts now.

Card image cap

THROWBACK THURSDAY | THRILLER IN MALILLA

Book your Malilla 2018 tickets by Friday and save over 35%! Here's what happened in an epic 2017 final showdown ...

Card image cap

WORLD CHAMP WEDNESDAY | MARK LORAM

It’s World Champ Wednesday! And today we feature the first FIM Speedway Grand Prix world champion of the 21st century – GB's Mark Loram.

Card image cap

COMPETITION | WIN VIP UPGRADE FOR CARDIFF

Just two days left to win a dream day at the Adrian Flux British SGP – book 2018 tickets by Friday and you could win a hospitality upgrade.