PATRYK DUDEK, MATEJ ZAGAR, MARTIN VACULIK AND LEON MADSEN GRANTED 2019 FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX WILD CARDS.
The full 2019 FIM Speedway Grand Prix line-up has been confirmed after the SGP Commission handed wild cards to Patryk Dudek, Matej Zagar, Martin Vaculik and Leon Madsen.
Dudek finished ninth in the final standings after missing this year’s final two rounds due to a broken arm, but he was firmly in medal contention after winning the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP just days before crashing out in Sweden on September 11.
Vaculik sat out the opening two as he recovered from a broken ankle suffered in April and totalled seven points in the following three as he battled to regain his fitness. But he ended the year in fine form, with his dramatic pass on local hero Bartosz Zmarzlik to win the MIB Nordic Gorzow SGP on August 25 a huge highlight.
Zagar has also endured injury issues. He was absent for the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP with severe concussion, but finished 10th in the final standings in a season which saw him finish second at the Betard Scandinavian SGP in Malilla.
They are joined by 2018 Speedway European Championship winner Leon Madsen, who makes his full-time SGP debut after a sublime season across Europe.
The lightening-gating Danish international finished second in the PGE Ekstraliga averages as he inspired Czestochowa to the play-off semi-finals. He also impressed for Vetlanda in the Swedish Elitserien, Esbjerg in Denmark and Landshut in Germany.
The wild cards are joined by this year’s top eight – world champion Tai Woffinden, Bartosz Zmarzlik, Fredrik Lindgren, Maciej Janowski, Greg Hancock, Artem Laguta, Jason Doyle and Emil Sayfutdinov.
GP Challenge top three Janusz Kolodziej, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Antonio Lindback complete the line-up.
Next year’s substitute riders and the full ranking order will be confirmed in due course.
The full SGP 2019 calendar will be revealed soon. Keep an eye on SpeedwayGP.com and @SpeedwayGP social media for all the big news on next season.
FULL 2019 FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX LINE-UP (from): Tai Woffinden, Bartosz Zmarzlik, Fredrik Lindgren, Maciej Janowski, Greg Hancock, Artem Laguta, Jason Doyle, Emil Sayfutdinov, Patryk Dudek, Matej Zagar, Martin Vaculik, Leon Madsen, Janusz Kolodziej, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Antonio Lindback.