ZAGAR AND FRICKE SET FOR GP CHALLENGE
SGP stars Matej Zagar and Max Fricke will return to Gorican in a bid to secure SGP 2021 qualification at the GP Challenge on August 22.
03 / 08 / 2020, 18:42
FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars Matej Zagar and Max Fricke will return to Gorican in a bid to secure SGP 2021 qualification at the GP Challenge on August 22.
The duo booked their places in SGP 2020 at the Croatian track last year, with Zagar winning the meeting and Fricke finishing third behind Danish star Niels-Kristian Iversen.
With this year’s SGP qualification semi-finals cancelled, national federations have nominated one rider to represent them, with Lublin ace Zagar flying the Slovenian flag and Australian Championship winner Fricke selected by Motorcycling Australia.
SGP first reserve Mikkel Michelsen is Denmark’s nominee as he bids to take the full-time step up into the series.
His Lublin team mate Grigorii Laguta from Russia will start among the favourites after hitting a purple patch of form. He could join younger brother Artem on the SGP stage.
Former world No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak carries Poland’s hopes after winning the Golden Helmet in 2019.
Sweden are represented by Oliver Berntzon, with national champion Jacob Thorssell overlooked.
With Robert Lambert safely into SGP 2021 as Speedway European Championship winner, Swindon and Poole star Adam Ellis is set to shake off a broken wrist and fly the GB flag in Gorican. Dan Bewley is currently nursing a broken shoulder blade with no confirmed comeback date.
Czech star Vaclav Milik, Finnish racer Timo Lahti, Latvian star Andzejs Lebedevs and France’s World Longtrack champion Dimitri Berge are also among the qualification contenders.
GP CHALLENGE LINE-UP: 1 Grigorii Laguta, 2 Krzysztof Kasprzak, 3 Matej Zagar, 4 Mikkel Michelsen, 5 Jurica Pavlic, 6 Nicolas Covatti, 7 Oliver Berntzon, 8 Broc Nicol, 9 Adam Ellis, 10 Kevin Wolbert, 11 Timo Lahti, 12 Vaclav Milik, 13 Max Fricke, 14 Andzejs Lebedevs, 15 Dimitri Berge, 16 Aleksandr Loktaev. RESERVES: 17 Nick Skorja, 18 Matic Ivacic.