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GB skipper Craig Cook is five good rides away from the FIM Speedway Grand Prix elite after victory in tonight’s SGP qualifying semi-final.

17 / 06 / 2017, 22:02

Great Britain skipper Craig Cook is five good rides away from the FIM Speedway Grand Prix elite after a sensational victory in tonight’s SGP qualifying semi-final in Terenzano.

The Cumbrian, who doubles up between Belle Vue and Workington in the British leagues, saw off a host of riders with SGP, Polish Ekstraliga and Swedish Elitserien experience to triumph on 13 points and book his place at the GP Challenge in Togliatti on August 19.

The top three at the Russian event will earn spots in the 2018 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

Mitas Czech SGP wild card Vaclav Milik is back in the GP Challenge after finishing second on 12.

Slovenian SGP star Matej Zagar will defend his World Championship status in Togliatti after winning a run-off for third place with Poland’s Przemyslaw Pawlicki, with both riders qualifying on 10.

Current SGP first reserve Peter Kildemand won his final ride to secure a GP Challenge berth on nine. World Under-21 champion Max Fricke joins him after notching nine of his own.

There was late drama for World Championship leader Patryk Dudek as he won a run-off to clinch the seventh and final GP Challenge place after tying on eight points with Danish racer Michael Jepsen Jensen. Dudek will be relieved to have made the cut after touching the tapes in his opening outing.

Sweden’s Linus Sundstrom, Kevin Wolbert of Germany and Croatian rider Jurica Pavlic all fell short on seven, while Grigorii Laguta was the most high-profile casualty on six.

But the Russian could get a reprieve with two wild-card places available for the GP Challenge. The names will be revealed by the FIM in due course.

GP CHALLENGE LINE-UP: Leon Madsen, Piotr Pawlicki, Martin Smolinski, Adrian Miedzinski, Martin Vaculik, Kai Huckenbeck, Mateusz Szczepaniak, Craig Cook, Vaclav Milik, Matej Zagar, Przemyslaw Pawlicki, Peter Kildemand, Max Fricke, Patryk Dudek, plus two wild cards.

TERENZANO SCORES: 1 Craig Cook 13, 2 Vaclav Milik 12, 3 Matej Zagar 10+3, 4 Przemyslaw Pawlicki 10+2, 5 Peter Kildemand 9, 6 Max Fricke 9, 7 Patryk Dudek 8+3, 8 Michael Jepsen Jensen 8+2, 9 Linus Sundstrom 7, 10 Kevin Wolbert 7, 11 Jurica Pavlic 7, 12 Grigorii Laguta 6, 13 Pontus Aspgren 5, 14 Daniel Gappmaier 5, 15 Michele Paco Castagna 2, 16 Matej Kus 1, 17 Daniele Tessari 1, 18 Guglielmo Franchetti 0.


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