PRAGUE GATE GUIDE
As the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars get ready for Friday’s ANLAS Czech SGP qualifying, SpeedwayGP.com brings you our Prague gate guide.
13 / 06 / 2019, 11:13
As the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars get ready for Friday’s ANLAS Czech SGP qualifying session, SpeedwayGP.com brings you our Prague gate guide.
The stars who qualify fastest will get first pick of gates for Saturday’s meeting. While each rider must start from each of the four gates at least once, they will jump from one of them twice.
History suggests being on the inside is a big advantage at the Marketa Stadium with 176 races won from gate one (red) and 151 from gate two (blue). That’s compared to 104 winners from gate three (white) and 86 from gate four (yellow).
That would suggest riders may opt for a draw offering them two starts in red, meaning positions one, five, nine and 13 could be good choices.
The rider who draws No.1 must take to the shale after every track grade. This sometimes makes adjusting their bike setup to track conditions tough. But Freddie Lindgren topped the podium from that position last season, so it clearly worked for the world No.3.
Last year’s ANLAS Czech SGP completely bucked previous Prague trends with 10 of the heats won by the rider in white. The other race winners were fairly evenly split with five victories from gate one and four in blue and yellow.
If 2018 is a more accurate guide to what riders can expect this year, draw numbers three, seven, 10 and 15 could be the best choices.
Starting from 10 or 15 could be a smart move as those spots offers starts in red and blue to kick off the meeting – when the dirt is usually on the inside.
No.10 then has two starts in white and a yellow to finish, while No.15 has two whites with a yellow in between – both of which could work if the dirt line moves wider as the action progresses.
Aussie ace Jason Doyle won back-to-back Czech SGPs in 2016 and 2017. The first time saw him triumph from draw No.11, which offers two starts in yellow – statistically Prague’s least fruitful gate. He then took full advantage of two reds in 2017, topping the box with draw No.13.
The question is whether the SGP stars trust the history books or go with the 2018 gate stats? There will be some big decisions to make after Friday’s ANLAS Czech SGP qualifying shoot-out!