SGP PREVIEW: STOCKHOLM
With the new FIM Speedway Grand Prix season on its way, SpeedwayGP.com has everything you need to know on the sport’s big events in 2017. Today, we feature the Stockholm SGP on September 23.
The fantastic Friends Arena opened its doors in 2012, and it took just a year for the world’s top speedway riders to make their debut at Sweden’s national stadium on September 21, 2013.
That night, Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen topped the box on his way to World Championship bronze, before Poland’s Jaroslaw Hampel blazed through the card with a seven-ride maximum to win the 2014 event.
World-champion-to-be Tai Woffinden triumphed in 2015, before Jason Doyle reigned supreme for what was his third straight SGP win last year.
The Friends Arena may have the joint shortest track on the SGP calendar along with Cardiff and Horsens at 272 metres, but it certainly isn’t short on fantastic racing, with skill just as vital as speed on this tight and technical oval.
The stadium is set in Solna – a suburb north of Stockholm, just several hundred yards from four-time world champion Greg Hancock’s former family home, making this event extra special for the honorary Swede.
The area around the Friends Arena is also developing fast with the Mall Of Scandinavia next door boasting 224 shops and a host of restaurants for all tastes and budgets.
Fans who prefer the city centre will love a weekend in one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, with its islands straddling the Baltic Sea. Whether you’re looking for palaces, parks, shops, boat trips, bars, restaurants or nightlife, Stockholm does it all in typically cool Swedish style.
And with direct flights from all over the world via the city’s airports at Arlanda and Skavsta, it’s a speedway city break that takes some beating.
Tickets for the Stockholm SGP will go on sale in due course. Keep an eye on SpeedwayGP.com and @SpeedwayGP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to get the news first.
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