SGP CALENDAR AND LINE-UP 2012
Wednesday 12th October 2011, 08:00
All of this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) venues stay on the calendar for 2012 as the competition expands to 12 rounds.
The sensational season-opening FIM New Zealand SGP at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium on March 31 is the only new track which will play host to world speedway’s brightest stars as the competition returns to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in 10 years.
Another key change sees the sport’s flagship event, the FIM British Speedway Grand Prix in Cardiff, shift from its traditional late June slot to August 25 to accommodate Olympic football in the Welsh capital.
Meanwhile, Torun’s stunning Marian Rose Motoarena in Poland has been picked to host the final round, where the world champion will be officially crowned, on October 6.
Once the SGP elite return from New Zealand, the action moves to more familiar territory on April 28, when Polish track Leszno stages the FIM European Grand Prix. This will be followed by the Czech SGP on May 12 as Prague’s Marketa Stadium hosts the event for the 16th time.
The historic Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg is the venue for the Swedish round on May 26, before the action moves to Copenhagen’s PARKEN Stadium for the FIM Dansk Metal Danish SGP on June 9.
Gorzow’s Edward Jancarz Stadium, stage for last Saturday’s FIM Enea Gorzow SGP of Poland, opens its door to the Grand Prix series heavyweights again on June 23.
The competition then takes its annual month-long break for the FIM Speedway World Cup, before resuming in Croatia at Gorican’s Speedway Stadium Milenium on July 28.
The FIM Italian SGP takes place at Terenzano on August 11, ahead of the jewel in the World Championship crown – the British Grand Prix at Cardiff’s magnificent Millennium Stadium.
Swedish venue Malilla is next and hosts the FIM Scandinavian SGP on September 8, before legendary Danish track Vojens stages the FIM Nordic Speedway Grand Prix on September 22 and the World Championship closes with the FIM Torun SGP of Poland.
The dates have also been announced for next year’s FIM Speedway World Cup and the tournament’s opening meeting sees legendary former SGP venue Bydgoszcz return to the international calendar. The historic Polonia Stadium, where Polish icon Tomasz Gollob rose to stardom, stages Event One on July 7.
British track King’s Lynn puts on Event Two for the third year running on July 9, before the action switches to Sweden, where Malilla’s G&B Arena will host the SWC Race-Off on July 12. The SWC Final takes place there on July 14.
BSI Speedway and the FIM have also confirmed the 15 permanent riders for the 2012 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series. The four permanent wild cards, who join the top eight from the 2011 championship and the three riders who qualified from the FIM Grand Prix Challenge are confirmed as: Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden); Nicki Pedersen (Denmark); Chris Harris (Great Britain); Darcy Ward (Australia)
The full 2012 rider line-up and calendar are detailed below:
2012 FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX PERMANENT RIDER LINE-UP
- Greg Hancock (USA)
- Andreas Jonsson (Sweden)
- Jaroslaw Hampel (Poland)
- Jason Crump (Australia)
- Tomasz Gollob (Poland)
- Emil Sayfutdinov (Russia)
- Kenneth Bjerre (Denmark)
- Chris Holder (Australia)
- Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden)
- Nicki Pedersen (Denmark)
- Chris Harris (Great Britain)
- Antonio Lindback (Sweden)
- Bjarne Pedersen (Denmark)
- Piotr Protasiewicz (Poland)
- Darcy Ward (Australia)
FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX 2012 CALENDAR
March 31: FIM New Zealand SGP (Auckland)
April 28: FIM European SGP (Leszno, Poland)
May 12: FIM Czech SGP (Prague)
May 26: FIM Swedish SGP (Gothenburg)
June 9: FIM Dansk Metal Danish SGP (Copenhagen)
June 23: FIM Gorzow SGP of Poland (Gorzow)
July 28: FIM Croatian SGP (Gorican)
August 11: FIM Italian SGP (Terenzano)
August 25: FIM British SGP (Cardiff)
September 8: FIM Scandinavian SGP (Malilla, Sweden)
September 22: FIM Dansk Metal Nordic SGP (Vojens, Denmark)
October 6: FIM Torun SGP of Poland (Torun)
FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP 2012 CALENDAR
July 7: SWC Event One (Bydgoszcz, Poland)
July 9: SWC Event Two (King’s Lynn, Great Britain)
July 12: SWC Race-Off (Malilla, Sweden)
July 14: SWC Final (Malilla, Sweden)