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SGP RIVALS FLY PIRATES FLAG

Double world champion Greg Hancock is back with Piraterna for 2013 and joins forces with new SGP No.1 Chris Holder.

24 / 10 / 2012, 11:49

Double world champion Greg Hancock is back with Piraterna for 2013 and joins forces with Aussie icon Chris Holder – the man who snatched his SGP crown.

The pair powered the Swedish Pirates into the Elitserien play-off final, but were unable to prevent Vetlanda regaining their crown. Anton Rosen is also back in Motala.

Vetlanda’s title win was inspired by a blistering season from Danish international Leon Madsen. But next year’s SGP second reserve has been surprisingly released by the club.

Madsen lifted his average from 1.172 to 2.015 and this left him unemployable following rules changes, forcing clubs to start every meeting with at least three Swedish riders.

Vetlanda boss Bo Wirebrand admitted on the club’s website: "This is one of the most difficult decisions I have made ​​during my time at Elit Vetlanda. I hope he is back here pretty soon."

Madsen has found a new club in Denmark and joins Hancock at Slangerup for next season.

Elsewhere, Russian international Grigory Laguta has switched to Smederna following Valsarna’s exit from the Elitserien. He joins the likes of SGP rider Andreas Jonsson, Krzysztof Buczkowski, Peter Karlsson, Magnus Zetterstrom and Kenni Larsen at the club.

And Hammarby hero Grzegorz Walasek has agreed fresh terms with the Stockholm outfit for 2013.

The Polish international enjoyed a super-consistent season and regularly filled the points void left by his compatriot Tomasz Gollob, who suffered a number of dips in form this year.

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NO CONCERNS OVER HUCKENBECK

German ace Kai Huckenbeck avoided serious injury after crashing out of Piraterna’s trip to Vetlanda on Tuesday night.

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SGP DUO RACE TO VETLANDA MAXIMUMS

SGP stars Bartosz Zmarzlik and Artem Laguta both blazed through the card unbeaten for Vetlanda as they triumphed 54-36 at home to Piraterna.

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ROSPIGGARNA'S STRUGGLE IN SWEDEN

British champion Robert Lambert accepts Swedish side Rospiggarna face an uphill struggle to fight their way back into play-off contention.

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MADSEN: I DON'T NEED TO WIN THE MEETINGS

Danish star Leon Madsen admitted “I don’t need to win the meetings” as he bids to pile up the points in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

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SAYFUTDINOV STARS AS LESZNO BEAT FALUBAZ

Russian star Emil Sayfutdinov piled up 12 points for runaway PGE Ekstraliga leaders Leszno as they took a stride closer to sealing top spot.

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FRICKE'S SGP FINISHING SCHOOL

Max Fricke believes his FIM Speedway Grand Prix reserve rides are the ideal way to complete his World Championship apprenticeship.

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CHUGUNOV WINS WORLD U21 OPENER

SON winner Gleb Chugunov launched his bid to win another world title in fine style with victory at the FIM Speedway U21 round in Lublin.

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JAKOBSEN UP FOR POLISH TEST

Danish ace Frederik Jakobsen is ready to take on the Polish challenge as he launches his FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship medal bid.