SGP 2020 | EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
With the 2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix just under two weeks away, SpeedwayGP.com is your guide to all this year’s changes.
15 / 08 / 2020, 12:00
The 2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix is just under two weeks away and we can’t wait to see the world’s top riders getting sideways once again.
The action gets underway with a double-header in Wroclaw on August 28 and 29, before moving to Gorzow on September 11 and 12, Prague on September 18 and 19 and Torun on October 2 and 3.
But in these unusual times, the events will have a slightly different feel. SpeedwayGP.com is your guide to all this year’s changes.
LUCK OF THE DRAW
With this year’s SGP rounds staged over double-header weekends, qualifying sessions will not take place for 2020.
As a result, a random FIM draw will be held to decide riders’ gate positions for each round.
Practice sessions will be limited to 30 minutes from 18:00 ahead of each Friday round. There will be no practice before the Saturday meeting.
This year’s SGP wild cards won’t just get the chance to race in one round – they will contest the entire weekend, giving them two meetings or 10 races to take on the world’s top riders.
Polish star Gleb Chugunov is the first name to be confirmed as an SGP 2020 wild card and he will line up on his PGE Ekstraliga home track in Wroclaw.
After an impressive start to 2020, the double Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations winner will be determined to make his mark in the biggest individual meetings of his career to date.
With safety our first priority, a host of steps have been taken to protect riders, mechanics, event staff and officials in an effort to ensure a Covid-safe environment.
Social distancing will become the new normal, although this will not apply to riders when working with their own pit crew.
Riders and mechanics won’t arrive at an SGP event until three and a half hours before racing, and riders will also be limited to two team members each.
Everyone working in the pits, paddock or referee’s box will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test in order to collect their accreditation, and temperatures checks will be in place for anyone entering the pits.
As well as additional cleaning and sanitisation at the venue, everyone working at the event will be required to wear masks and gloves.
There will also be no scoreboard or big screen in the pits to avoid people congregating in this area. Riders and their teams can bring their own televisions and follow the racing from their pit bays.
IN THE STANDS
We can’t wait to see our SGP fans back at trackside as the World Championship gets underway!
As the current Covid-19 restrictions stand, venues in Poland will be able to host fans up to 50 percent of stadium capacity, with a limited number also permitted at Prague’s Marketa Stadium.
To check ticket availability throughout the season, please visit: http://bit.ly/36DD150.
There are a few changes to how riders collect SGP World Championship points for 2020 – these will now be decided according to where they finish in the meeting classification.
Every SGP winner will now be guaranteed the top prize of 20 championship points, meaning it’s all to race for in the final! The runner-up will receive 18, with 16 for third and 14 for fourth.
Reaching the semi-final ensures a rider will go home with at least nine points. The third-placed semi-finalist who scores the most race points in their five heats will earn 12, with the other third finisher awarded 11.
The fourth-placed semi-finalist who scored the most points in the heats will receive 10, with the other fourth finisher receiving nine.
Should a rider be excluded or fail to finish their semi-final, they will be ranked lower than a third or fourth finisher who does complete their race. If both third or fourth-placed stars fail to finish, they will be ranked according to how many race points they scored in the heats.
Those who fail to reach the semi-finals will be ranked according to how many points they scored in the heats, with the rider in ninth claiming eight championship points and one for the rider in 16th place.
The riders placed 17th and 18th will not score championship points. While these positions would normally be taken by the two track reserves if they do not ride, they will be able to claim World Championship points if they do take to the shale and outscore any of the main 16 riders in the meeting. They are also eligible to reach the semi-finals and final just like any other rider.
SGP 2021 QUALIFICATION
In a change from 2019, only the top six riders in the SGP World Championship standings will be guaranteed a spot in SGP 2021 – down from eight qualifiers last year.
They will be joined by Great Britain star Robert Lambert, winner of this season’s Speedway European Championship in July.
The top three riders at the GP Challenge in Gorican on August 22 will also take their place in SGP 2021.
And the line-up will be completed by five wild cards, nominated by the SGP Commission.