Menu
Card image cap

SGP FOUR IN WARD INVITATIONAL

SGP quartet Chris Holder, Jason Doyle, Maciej Janowski and Emil Sayfutdinov set for Darcy Ward Invitational at Poole on March 24.

01 / 11 / 2016, 10:49

FIM Speedway Grand Prix quartet Chris Holder, Jason Doyle, Maciej Janowski and Emil Sayfutdinov warm up for next year’s series with a big date for Darcy Ward at Poole on March 24.

The fab four line up in the Darcy Ward Invitational meeting, which is being staged to raise funds for the Darcy Ward Foundation, which was set up to aid the Aussie’s rehabilitation from serious spinal damage, with plans being formulated to assist other athletes with similar injuries.

I wanted something where my friends could ride for me and also some who aren’t riding in Britain at the moment.

Darcy Ward

Ward is working to assemble a stellar field for the Poole event and is delighted to have pulled four of the 2017 SGP line-up.

He said: “I wanted something where my friends could ride for me and also some who aren’t riding in Britain at the moment.

“Emil hit me up in Manchester at the Monster Energy SWC and said that whatever I did, he’d love to ride. He’s one of my favourite riders, I have a lot of respect for him and he’s a good friend of mine.

“I’m honoured and thankful that Emil and his whole team want to come to Poole on March 24. It’ll kick his season off and the fans would love to see him.

“Doyley said he’d do it straight away. It’s sad the injuries he has had, but I hope he’ll bounce back next year and he’ll be trying to get as many meetings under his belt as he can to start the first GP firing. You can see how close the points are at the end of the season, so the first GP is important.

“Chris was one of the last riders I asked because I knew he’d ride it. It wouldn’t be a Darcy Ward Invitational if it didn’t have Chris in it. I’m very stoked he’s there and the same with Magic. A lot of fans will be interested to see him back at Poole.”

Ward was keen to have some of his best friends in the sport involved in his big night. He said: “I wanted my closest friends in it and the people who mean something to me on a bike.

“Brady Kurtz will be there and his brother Todd – the reigning Darcy Ward Invitational champion. He won the meeting in North Brisbane and you have to have the defending champ there.

“Jack Holder will be there and he could be a Poole Pirate next year. It wouldn’t be the same without Nick Morris, Troy Batchelor also and Rory Schlein is riding it. He keeps in good contact with me. Josh Grajczonek will be riding too.

“I have some other big names and we’re just waiting to see what their commitments will be at the start of the year. Hopefully they can do it too.”

 

Card image cap

TRIO POWER INTO SGP 2018

Przemek Pawlicki, Artem Laguta & Patryk Dudek sealed places in the 2018 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series at the GP Challenge in Togliatti.

Card image cap

ON THE SPOT | GREG HANCOCK

We end the week by putting FIM Speedway Grand Prix world champ Greg Hancock #OnTheSpot ...

Card image cap

FRICKE & MIEDZINSKI MISS CHALLENGE

World Under-21 champion Max Fricke and Adrian Miedzinski have both withdrawn from Saturday’s GP Challenge in Togliatti.

Card image cap

WOFFY FUMES OVER HOLTA CRASH

Tai Woffinden says there are no long-term worries about his fitness after hitting out at Rune Holta’s role in their horror crash in Poland.

Card image cap

ROSCO: SET RACE NIGHTS A MUST

Great Britain and Swindon boss Alun Rossiter has joined the growing band of key figures to call for set race nights for the SGB Premiership.

Card image cap

PIRATES PICK UP WORYNA FOR 2018

Poole boss Matt Ford believes he may have recruited “the next Maciej Janowski” after signing World Under-21 finalist Kacper Woryna for 2018.

Card image cap

VIDEO | MALILLA HEAT OF THE WEEK

Jason Doyle​, Chris Holder and Patryk Dudek go bar-to-bar for second and third in our Teng Tools Swedish SGP heat of the week from Malilla.

Card image cap

HOLDER: NO REGRETS OVER SAFETY STAND

Aussie ace Chris Holder insists he did the right thing in taking a stand over safety, despite facing a nine-month British speedway ban.