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NEWS 2017 - from South Africa and the wider speedway world.


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09.07.2017, Leszno, Poland: Team GB Flop as Poland Excel
   Home team Poland cruised to their 7th. Speedway World Cup win, (the Team World Championship,) this afternoon as Team GB, euphoric after a first round win at Kings Lynn, collapsed and trailed in last behind one-man team Russia with a mere 15 points.
    In Rd.1 on home soil a week ago Team GB led by Craig Cook topped 53pts to push Australia (44pts) into the last-chance Race Off along with Hancock-less USA. (GB were without Woffinden and the Aussie without Doyle.)
    In Rd.2 in Sweden the home side led Russia while Denmark came last with 28pts: in the Race-Off Russia surprised Australia and claimed the 4th. slot in today's final, thanks to a 15pt unbeaten maximum from Emil Sayfutdinov.
    Defending champs Poland, seeded to the Final on home soil, proceeded to win or come second in every heat until the trophy was secured, when Patryk Dudek was then content to sit back and watch 3 other riders chase the last points of the day.   CCJ   Video Highlights

Rd.1 @ K.Lynn, UK:    GB 53, AUS 44, USA 15, CZ 13;
Rd.2 @ Vastervik SW: SW 37, RUS 30, Latvia 28, DK 28;
R-Off @ Leszno PL:     RUS 46, AUS 33, LAT 30, USA 15;
FINAL @ Leszno Poland:
Poland = 50

Maciej Janowski 14, Piotr Pawlicki 13, Bartosz Zmarzlik 13, Patryk Dudek 10,
Sweden = 42
Antonio Lindback 20, Fredrik Lindgren 11, Andreas Jonsson 7, Linus Sundstrom 4,
Russia = 18
Emil Sayfutdinov 11, Vadim Tarasenko 3, Gleb Chugunov 3, Andrei Kudriashov 1,
Great Britain = 15
Chris Harris 7, Steve Worrall 6, Robert Lambert 1,Craig Cook 1
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25.6.2017 Walkerville, Gauteng:  Pettit Retains Golden Helmet

    With no serious competition Neil Pettit retained the Golden Helmet trophy once more. The Junior helmet prize was won by Brandon Herbst, as top scoring junior Flat Track rider.
    Lyle Kotze lined up in the Flat Track 'A' events and once more proved to be unbeatable, while Lance Curtis was awarded the 'B' class first prize after he and Roehan Strydom tied on 64 pts. and 2 heat wins each.   CCJ   Full results

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24.6.2017, Copenhagen: Janowski wins but Doyle leads Championship

    Former U21 World Champions 'Magic' Janowski came from behind on lap 3 of the Grand Final of the Horsen (Copenhagen) Speedway Grand Prix to win the meeting from another former U21 champ, Russian Emil Sayfutdinov. But while Australian Jason Doyle topped the points going into the Final he couldn't manage another one from this race, coming in behind MJ, ES and Patryk Dudek,  his 15pts total still takes him to the top of the 2017 championship table. (Dudek has a similar 65 point overall score, but concedes to Doyle by virtue of ranking.)
    Doyle, who narrowly missed the World title in 2016 after lung injury in the penultimate SGP prevented him flying to his home round in Australia, was returning to the track on crutches, just 5 days after surgery on a broken foot. The 30-year old, relatively new to the SGP ranks, joins the young East Europeans topping the score charts today as we seem to be seeing the passing of the old order.
    The riders now take a break from the Individual World Championship as July sees the staging of the SWC, (Speedway World Cup,) the world team championship, with rounds in UK and Sweden, and the Final in Poland.    CCJ   Video Highlights   Final video
DANISH FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Horsens, Copenhagen.
Maciej Janowski 17 (1st), Emil Sayfutdinov 14 (2nd), Patryk Dudek 14 (3rd), Jason Doyle 15 (4th), Matej Zagar 11, Tai Woffinden 11, Antonio Lindback 8, Fredrik Lindgren 8, Kenneth Bjerre 7, Greg Hancock 7, Bartosz Zmarzlik 7, Chris Holder 7, Piotr Pawlicki 4, Peter Kildemand 3, Niels-Kristian Iversen 3, Martin Vaculik 1.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 5 of 12)
Jason Doyle 65, Patryk Dudek 65, Maciej Janowski 58, Fredrik Lindgren 51, Tai Woffinden 48, Emil Sayfutdinov 47, Greg Hancock 45, Martin Vaculik 45, Piotr Pawlicki 43, Bartosz Zmarzlik 39, Matej Zagar 36, Chris Holder 34, Niels-Kristian Iversen 31, Antonio Lindback 29, Vaclav Milik 13, Peter Kildemand 12, Nicki Pedersen 8.
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10.6.2017, Prague: Aussie Doyle wins again in Czechia

    Australian Jason Doyle won his second consecutive Prague Grand Prix despite a first ride tapes exclusion and a warning in the final. With only 3 points from 3 rides he swapped over to his third bike for a win over championship leader Patryk Dudek, - enough to get him into the Semi's. At this point it was Greg Hancock that led, and finished as, the points chart leader, seeing a return of form that procured the America his first final appearance this year, 2nd podium position and an 18pts. score. Doyle's win in the Grand Final gave him 13pts. and a progressive total of 50, just one point behind Dudek. Spot 3 on the podium was Czech wildcard
Vaclav Milik.
     2012 champ Chris Holder also had a better night with 3 straight wins after a fall and exclusion in his second ride, but couldn't get the better of Dudek and Doyle in his Semi. Tai Woffinden had only one heat win and failed the Semis, while Nicki Pedersen remains out injured, missing a second SGP.  CCJ        Video Highlights    Final Video
CZECH REPUBLIC FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Prague
Jason Doyle 13 (1st), Greg Hancock 18 (2nd), Vaclav Milik 13 (3rd), Patryk Dudek 13 (4th), Chris Holder 11, Martin Vaculik 10, Antonio Lindback 9, Peter Kildemand 8, Bartosz Zmarzlik 8, Tai Woffinden 7, Piotr Pawlicki 7, Fredrik Lindgren 6, Maciej Janowski 6, Matej Zagar 4, Niels-Kristian Iversen 3, Emil Sayfutdinov 2, Josef Franc 0, Matej Kus 0.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after round 4 of 12)
Patryk Dudek 51, Jason Doyle 50, Martin Vaculik 44, Fredrik Lindgren 43, Maciej Janowski 41, Piotr Pawlicki 39, Greg Hancock 38, Tai Woffinden 36, Emil Sayfutdinov 33, Bartosz Zmarzlik 32, Niels-Kristian Iversen 28, Chris Holder 27, Matej Zagar 25, Antonio Lindback 21, Vaclav Milik 13, Peter Kildemand 9, Maksims Bogdanovs 9, Nicki Pedersen 8, Przemyslaw Pawlicki 3,
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28.5.2017, Walkerville: Pettit and Herbst both unbeaten in Golden Boot
   Neil Pettit rode unchallenged in a limited field to score full points from 4 rides and claim the Boet Strydom 'Golden Boot' trophy for only the second time, his last win being in 2011.  The junior Boot trophy, awarded to the top scorer amongst Flat Track Juniors, went to Brandon Herbst who was also unbeaten with 60 points.
    In the senior Flat Track races newcomer Andre Ackhurst took a couple of heats to familiarise himself with the Walkerville Oval before twice stealing the chequered flag from the Norris boys and take overall second place prize behind top scorer Keith Norris on a day when brother Nick was suffering engine problems and unable to finish in his last 2 rides. Roehan Strydom took the 'B' class prize money, and Jake Pretorius the Peewee top spot.  CCJ   Full Results

          Brandon Herbst                              Neil Pettit chases down Marcus v.d.Merwe and Kian Lawenson
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27.5.2017,
Daugavpils, Latvia:  Polish 1,2,3 as
Pawlicki takes Grand Prix  

   Piotr Pawlicki led home fellow Poles Patryk Dudek and
Maciej Janowskifor in Latvia for the first SGP win of his career as the young East Europeans again showed their superiority. Only Woffinden and Doyle manged to qualify for the Semi's, but the Aussie, though making the Final, had to retire when his air filter blocked and power was lost. Former World Champs Holder and Hancock failed to win a heat and Nicki Pedersen was a non-starter after having suffered neck injuries during a Danish league match on Wednesday.
     The championship table is lead by Dudek, (above left,) with
Doyle and Swede Freddie Lindgren one point behind.  CCJ   Video Highlights
LATVIAN FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Daugavpils
Piotr Pawlicki 18 (1st), Patryk Dudek 16 (2nd), Emil Sayfutdinov 13, Maciej Janowski 13 (3rd), Matej Zagar 10, Jason Doyle 10 (4th), Tai Woffinden 9, Maxsims Bogdanovs 8, Martin Vaculik 8, Niels-Kristian Iversen 7, Bartosz Zmarzlik 6, Greg Hancock 5, Fredrik Lindgren 5, Chris Holder 4, Antonio Lindback 4, Peter Kildemand 1.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 3 of 12)

Patryk Dudek 38, Jason Doyle 37, Fredrik Lindgren 37, Maciej Janowski 35, Martin Vaculik 34, Piotr Pawlicki 32, Emil Sayfutdinov 31, Tai Woffinden 30, Niels-Kristian Iversen 25, Bartosz Zmarzlik 24, Matej Zagar 21, Greg Hancock 20, Chris Holder 16, Antonio Lindback 12, Nicki Pedersen 8.
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Hansie Kleynhans,   5.7.1944 - 9.5.2017   R.I.P.
       News has been received of the passing of Hansie Kleynhans at the age of 72.

   Hansie was a lifelong speedway enthusiast but only switched from spectating to racing in his late fifties. He started watching speedway as schoolboy in the 1950's at the original Wembley Stadium, when his heroes were the likes of Henry Long, Neil Mortimer and visiting Europeans including Olle Nygren and Ken McKinlay, (whose autographed photos he still retained after 60 years.)

   Initially a member and later president of the Thunder Valley Speedway Club (TVSC) based at the Brakpan Oval, his early riding career spanned a difficult time for SA speedway, - the disbandment of the National Speedway Association, withdrawal of Motorsport South Africa affiliation in 2004/05, and loss of the Brakpan Oval to speedway that ultimately led to the folding of the Thunder Valley Club in late 2007 and subsequent retirement of many of its riders.

    Notwithstanding these setbacks, Hansie battled for a revival of the TVSC with attempts to introduce racing to his home town of Vereeniging, being frustrated by various logistical problems as well as striving to expand the sport elsewhere in the country. For instance he was influential in the re-introduction of the sport to George in March 2009 after an absence of over 5½ years, supplying the machinery for the novice riders of the Southern Cape at that meeting.

   Hansie returned to racing at the Walkerville Raceway and was a stalwart at that venue for many years before his retirement for medical reasons in 2013. Never a top ranker he was nevertheless a loyal club man and staunch advocate for the sport.     D.A. 19.5.2017
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13.5.2017, Warsaw, Poland: Lindgren wins SGP

   Sweden's Freddie Lindgren won the Warsaw Speedway Grand Prix on the new GTR engine, to head the points table after 2 meeting in 2017.
Lindgren’s victory was also a major milestone for Swiss tuner Marcel Gerhard as his GTR engine collected its first SGP triumph.
   The squad of young Poles did well, but it was another poor night for the older brigade of former champs, with Pedersen scoring just 5 pts, Hancock 4 and Holder 6. Only Woffinden made it to the Semi's, but failed to go further.
FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX OF POLAND, Warsaw
Fredrik Lindgren 16 (1st), Maciej Janowski 16 (2nd), Jason Doyle 15 (3rd), Martin Vaculik 10 (4th), Tai Woffinden 13, Bartosz Zmarzlik 12, Patryk Dudek 9, Niels-Kristian Iversen 9, Piotr Pawlicki 7, Chris Holder 6, Emil Sayfutdinov 6, Antonio Lindback 6, Nicki Pedersen 5, Greg Hancock 4, Przemyslaw Pawlicki 3, Matej Zagar 1.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 2 of 12) Fredrik Lindgren 32, Jason Doyle 27, Martin Vaculik 26, Maciej Janowski 22, Patryk Dudek 22, Tai Woffinden 21.    CCJ     Video Highlights 
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29.4.2017, Krsko: Slovakian wins in Slovenia.
    Slovakian Martin Vaculik, returning to the Grand Prix series, won the first Speedway Grand Prix of the season on a wet Slovenian track in Krsko. Second was Swede Freddie Lindgren and third place went to Patryk Dudek. All three had graduated to the 2017 series by qualifying from last year's SGP Challenge, while former World Champs Holder, Hancock, Woffinden and Pedersen all failed to make the Final of the night, - only Hancock made the Semi's, while Pedersen retired from 3 of his 5 heats, and, at the age 40, one wonders if he'll continue the series if he has another meeting like this one.
     Another returnee to the SGP series is Russian Emil Sayfutdinov, who has sat out the last 3 years after a sensational start with 2 SGP wins in his debut year of 2009 as a teenager. After 20 qualifying heats he topped the points chart tonight with 12pts but trailed away in his semi, SF1.  CCJ
    Video highlights     Video Final
SLOVENIAN FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Krsko

Martin Vaculik 16 (1st), Fredrik Lindgren 16 (2nd), Patryk Dudek 13 (3rd), Jason Doyle 12 (4th), Emil Sayfutdinov 12, Greg Hancock 11, Matej Zagar 10, Niels-Kristian Iversen 9, Tai Woffinden 8, Piotr Pawlicki 7, Bartosz Zmarzlik 6, Maciej Janowski 6, Chris Holder 6, Nicki Pedersen 3, Antonio Lindback 2, Nick Skorja 1.
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