WHAT IS FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX?
- 15 permanent riders, 11 Rounds, 8 Countries, 1 World Champion...
- 23 heats, 4 riders per heat, 4 laps of the track, wheel to wheel action!
- 500CC Bikes, Speeds of over 70mph, Single Fixed Gear and No Brakes!
- World class stadiums throughout Europe and Australia host passionate and loyal fans, with over 112 territories watching worldwide.
FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND PRIX FORMAT
AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION FROM 2016
The top 8 riders from the previous year's series will automatically qualify for the following year's Grand Prix Series.
4 PERMANENT WILDCARDS
The 4 permanent wildcards will be nominated by the SGP Commission and SGP Promoter.
2016 SGP CHALLENGE QUALIFIERS
The top 3 riders in the SGP Challenge Final will automatically qualify for the following year's Grand Prix Series.
WILD CARD & TRACK RESERVES
16 riders compete in each meeting; with 2 Track Reserves on standby should a rider get injured during the meeting or excluded during a heat.
Points scored by riders in each heat of the meeting constitute their Grand Prix points at the end of each event and will be awarded to the riders World Championship points. (Use graphic similar to below)
The World Champion will be the rider that has the most World Championship points at the end of the season.
FIM Ballot the day before practice determines starting positions for each race:
RULES IN THE EVENT OF A TIE DURING A GP EVENT
After the completion of Heat 20, 21 or 22:
When establishing the order between riders at the conclusion of Heat 20, or following the completion of the semi-finals (Heats 21 and 22), any ties will be solved as follows:
- Precedence will be given to the tied rider that has the most amount of 1st places (then 2nd places, then 3rd places).
- If they still cannot be separated, their placing will be determined by their head to head heat result.
- If the tie still persists and involves more than 2 riders, it shall be checked whether there is a possibility to determine a proper precedence (Riders A, B & C) eg:
- Rider A has beaten rider B
- Rider A has beaten rider C
- Rider B has beaten rider C
Rider A would be ranked ahead of rider B then rider C
- If none of these solutions can resolve the tie, the precedence will go to the GP ranking of the rider from the start of the season.
RULES IN THE EVENT OF A TIE IN THE OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Run-off for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place
- Run off for 8th place (the final automatic qualification place for the following year's Grand Prix Series
- For all other placings, the lowest riding number jacket will be considered the better-placed rider.
If riders are tied in the Final FIM Speedway Grand Prix Championship Standings, the following will apply:
Each FIM Speedway Grand Prix rider will ride with a specific number, valid for the entire season. The number will be chosen by the rider and ratified by the FIM.
In each heat, a rider must use the correct helmet/helmet cover to show their gate position.
Speedway bikes are completely unique, they are 500CC have a single fixed gear and no brakes! Bikes are differentiated by the engines used, the rear wheel sprockets and the gear ratio chosen. All of this is dependent on the size of the track and racing conditions. They must weigh a minimum of 77kgs to adhere to FIM standards. Pure methanol is used to fuel the bikes, to ensure a higher compression ratio which results in a higher engine power output.