EUROPE. Motocross has it, Trials has it and now Track Racing is launching its new flagship competition for national teams, the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations to be held involving four meetings over eight days in June. FIM along with our partners BSI/IMG is proud to be associated with this new major competition which promises to be an exciting addition to the Track Racing schedule.
This tournament will feature 15 teams with two Race Off meetings to determine the six qualifiers who will join host nation Poland in the Final. Each meeting will involve seven teams and the draw will be announced shortly. The Final itself will be a unique two-day event with cumulative scores counting towards qualification to the Grand Final race the winners of which will be crowned champions.
The competition starts in Teterow, now in its third year as host to the German Speedway Grand Prix and the second Race Off will see a return to Britain’s National Speedway Stadium in Manchester before the successful teams move to the magnificently refurbished Olympic Stadium in Wroclaw for the two-day final.
Each team will consist of two riders plus one under 21 reserve intended to encourage federations to develop young talent. This is optional for this year but will be compulsory from 2019 onwards. Teams will ride as pairs and it is expected that team riding skills will be an important element of the racing.
In the Race Off events there will be 21 qualifying heats with two additional races for the top scorers. There will be a ’last chance’ heat for the second, third, fourth and fifth placed teams with the winner joining the top scoring team in a final race to determine the winner. The top three teams from each Race Off will be seeded directly to Finals 1 & 2 in Wroclaw.
There will be a similar race format at the end of Final 2 with the top scoring team meeting the winners of another ‘last chance’ eliminator between the second, third and fourth placed teams to reach the Grand Final.
This new competition is the result of a lengthy collaboration between BSI/IMG the promoters, and the FIM Track Racing Commission which have worked hard to construct an event which it is hoped will generate great interest within as well as outside the sport. If this format is a sporting and commercial success, then the opportunity can be taken to expand the tournament to include some of the lesser known speedway nations who have not had the riding resources to enter previous team championships.