Menu
Card image cap

MEET THE TEAMS | GERMANY

SpeedwayOfNations.com takes a look at the teams going for Monster Energy SON glory in Russia next weekend. Today, we feature Germany.

14 / 07 / 2019, 13:00

SpeedwayOfNations.com takes a look at the teams going for Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations glory in Russia next weekend. Today, we feature Germany.

The Germans made their first world final of the 21st century in Wroclaw last summer and, with third place at Race Off 1 in Landshut on May 4, they have repeated the feat to earn a trip to Togliatti.

There have been a couple of changes to their starting line-up since Race Off 1, with Erik Riss stepping up to partner skipper Kai Huckenbeck, with former New Zealand SGP winner Martin Smolinski not selected.

Riss was sidelined with a broken collarbone, before returning earlier this month and hitting form in the SGB Premiership with King’s Lynn.

While this may be by far the biggest meeting he has contested in regular speedway, he’s no stranger to winning top honours internationally, having lifted the 2014 and 2016 World Longtrack Championships.

Huckenbeck makes his second straight Monster Energy SON Finals appearance for Germany and he will be hoping the 2019 edition runs more smoothly. He suffered an injury after crashing in his opening ride on day one in Wroclaw and took no further part in the meeting. But he hit back to score nine on day two.

They are joined in the side by reserve Lukas Fienhage, who steps in for Michael Hartel, who raced in Landshut.

Fienhage qualified for the 2017 World Under-21 Final series, finishing 15th with 11 points from three rounds. With one ride guaranteed in what will be the biggest meeting of his career to date, he’ll be keen to make his mark in Russia as Germany bid to better their seventh spot from 2018.

 

Card image cap

IVERSEN EYES GOOD TIMES WITH GORZOW

Danish star Niels-Kristian Iversen hopes to enjoy “even more good times” with Gorzow as he returns for 2020.

Card image cap

HALF-CENTURY FOR SGP HERO HANCOCK

American icon Greg Hancock insisted “in my mind, I am still half my age” as he celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Card image cap

COOK TO MISS 2020 SEASON?

GB's Craig Cook hinted that he may sit out 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic prompted Glasgow to withdraw from this season's Championship.

Card image cap

2020 ADRIAN FLUX BRITISH SGP CANCELLED

We regret to announce that the 2020 Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Cardiff has been cancelled.

Card image cap

SMOLINSKI'S STEEL AFTER SURGERY

Martin Smolinski revealed he needed all his mental steel to get through a traumatic first night in hospital as he recovers from hip surgery.

Card image cap

WATCH MELBOURNE 2016 REPLAY TONIGHT

Enjoy more SGP action on @SpeedwayGP Facebook and YouTube tonight as we replay the 2016 Australian SGP in Melbourne from 18:00 UK/19:00 CET.

Card image cap

POLISH PRESIDENT VISITS ZMARZLIK WORKSHOP

Polish president Andrzej Duda hailed world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik “for representing Poland so beautifully” after visiting his workshop.

Card image cap

LINDBACK AT HOME IN ZIELONA GORA

Swedish star Antonio Lindback believes he will quickly make himself at home in Zielona Gora as PGE Ekstraliga sides start practising today.