SON 2018 | FINAL DAY 2 REVIEW
SpeedwayOfNations.com looks back at the best of the first-ever Monster Energy SON in 2018. We complete our round-up with Final Day 2.
02 / 02 / 2019, 10:52
SpeedwayOfNations.com looks back at the best of the first-ever Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations in 2018. We complete our round-up with an unforgettable night for Russia on Final Day 2 in Wroclaw.
Great Britain went into the decider with a two-point advantage over nearest rivals Russia – leading by 25 points to 23. Denmark held third place on 20, Sweden were fourth on 16, with Poland and Australia playing catch up on 15 and Germany on 12.
With the scores so close and the championship resting on the semi and final at the end of the night, there was still everything to race for. And with just two points separating Russia, GB, Poland and Australia on the day-two scorechart, it was an epic end to a dramatic week of speedway.
Australia were the spoilers on the night – first then world champion Jason Doyle took the chequered flag in heat one ahead of Russian duo Emil Sayfutdinov and Artem Laguta.
Then JD repeated the trick by inflicting Tai Woffinden’s first loss of the Finals in heat four, with Max Fricke taking second ahead of Robert Lambert.
But that was the last heat loss the Brits conceded as they pulled off an extraordinary performance to top the overall standings.
Woffinden went through his next five rides unbeaten, with Lambert taking third place in four of them – a huge result in a competition where finishing last is very expensive.
First Denmark, Germany and Sweden all conceded 4-2s to the Lions. Then GB completed their streak of heat advantages against Poland, with Woffinden beating Patryk Dudek and Lambert heroically holding off Maciej Janowski in his own back yard for their second win over the hosts in two days.
It meant that Great Britain needed just three points from their last heat against title rivals Russia to seal their place in the Grand Final. They delivered – Woffinden got the better of Laguta to take the win as they pipped Russia 46 to 45 – forcing them into a semi-final to earn their spot in the title decider.
After a tough opening day, Poland fought back in style with 21 points – conceding just one last place as they tallied 36 overall. This saw them beat Denmark and Australia, who both tallied 35, to third overall.
After setting up a showdown with Russia in the semi-final, Poland were still in the hunt to win the first Monster Energy SON title. But disaster struck when Dudek was disqualified after moving at the start for the second time over the two days of the Finals. This meant even a win for Janowski couldn’t stop Laguta and Sayfutdinov booking a battle with the Brits.
And just as Poland suffered cruel heartbreak, the Lions fell to the same fate. Despite Woffinden heading Laguta, Sayfutdinov worked wonders to see off Lambert and seal Russia their first ever speedway world title.
It was a night the world’s biggest nation by size well and truly put itself on the world speedway map. And with this year’s Monster Energy SON Finals coming to Togliatti on July 20 and 21, Russian fans could be in for another special season in 2019.