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European Under 19 Individual Speedway Championship at Varkaus (Finland)

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The Speedway U19 Individual European Championship was held at Varkaus, in Finland - 17 riders from 10 nations were on the starting list, and they all did their best to become the Champion. On a sunny and windy day on a hard racetrack Mads Hansen from Denmark was the fastest, ahead of Polish Szymon Szlauderback and of Latvian Olegs Mihailovs. These young riders from 10 different Countries showed that Speedway is at a high level in Europe. Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/613
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European U21 Individual Speedway Championship Semi-final 3 at Oslo (Norway)

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In sunny, hot conditions, the European U21 Individual Speedway Championship Semi-final 3 was held at Oslo (Norway) ahead of around 200 spectators. Racing was tough with lot of overtaking. The winner was Swedish Joel Kling in front of Frederick Jakobsen and Andreas Lyager Hansen, both from Denmark. The first six riders were qualified to the final: the fourth position was taken by Lasse Fredriksen from Norway, ahead of Patrick Hansen and Christian Thaysen, both from Denmark. The final will be held at Stralsund, Germany, on 15 September.
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European Pairs Speedway Championship at Lonigo (Italy)

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The Semi-Final of the European Pairs Speedway Championship was held at Lonigo, in Italy, in front of around 1.200 spectators. It was an entertaining meeting with close racing and several passes, especially in the second half of the meeting. Sweden won the meeting thanks to a last heat decider against Czech Republic. The Swedish pair passed the impressive Czech Krcmar in the 15th heat, to claim the most important points of the night. The runner-up place went to hosts Italy with Paco Castagna who recorded four wins in a row in a sparkling style. He was well supported by fellow team mate Nicolas Covatti who suffered also a crash during the meeting. The last place on the rostrum went to pre-meeting favourites Czech riders. Vaclav Milik had a rare off-night despite winning his first ride. The first two placed teams progressed to the final which will be held in Brovst,
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European Sidecar Championship Final at Wertle (Germany)

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William Matthijssen will try to continue his domination of international Sidecar racing at the 2018 European Final on Saturday at Werlte, in the North of Germany. The 41-year-old Dutch star goes in search of a hat-trick of consecutive wins and a sixth title, with only German legends Thomas Kunert (11) and Josef Ondreka (10) winners of more than one title. Matthijssen has been dominating the class since the retirement of Kunert, but he has one important omission from his racing CV – none of his previous five victories have been achieved in Germany, so he’ll need to rectify that to continue his winning streak. Wilfred Detz joins Matthijssen in carrying the hopes of The Netherlands, after winning last Sunday’s semi-final on home turf at Roden. That lack of win for Matthijssen in the Fatherland will give encouragement to Germany’s two big riders – Marcus Brandhofer and Markus Venus – who
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Sidecar European Championship Semifinal at Roden (The Netherlands)

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On a hot sunny day the Semifinal of the European sidecar Championship was held at Roden, in The Netherlands, in the context of the final of the FIM Long track (Final) .12 teams from 5 Countries took part to the event in front of over 2000 spectators. Some very exciting heats were battled out by the riders in both the 8 qualifying heats as well as in B and A final. The Dutch team of Wilfred Detz and Wendy Arling was unbeaten all day long and rightfully took the chequered flag in the A final. The two British teams finished close, in second and third position. The most spectacular heat of the day was arguably the 7th, where British team Berwick-Hopkins and Danish team Frederiksen-Grandt gave life to an incredible battle for the top position. The Danish outfit finished fourth overall. The next meeting will be the Final held in
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Speedway Euro Championship at Güstrow (Germany)

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The Final 2 of Speedway Euro Championship was held at Güstrow, in Germany. Around 5000 spectators witnessed one of the best speedway meetings in recent times - close racing, with an incredible amount of overtakes, with positions changing corner after corner, race after race. British Robert Lambert was victorious in the final heat to take the evening’s top spot, closely followed in second place by Danish Leon Madsen. The battle for third spot that was won by Mikkel Michelsen ahead of Emil Sayfutdinov. The event was held without incidents and injuries. The next meeting of the series will be at Daugavpils, in Latvia, on August 18th. Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/594
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European Grass Track Championship Final at Tayac (France)

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The European Individual Grass Track Championship Final was a very hard fought competition staged on an extremely hot evening at the Circuit Jacques Rossignol, at Tayac in the South of France. With each of the 20 riders competing in four qualifying heats, before earning their place in one of three Finals (C, B and A), racing was always going to be hard and fast on the 400 metre track. Unfortunately one of the pre meeting favourites – young Dutchman Romano Hummel – crashed in his first heat, and after receiving medical attention on the track, was then taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg. With the winner and second placed rider of the B Final being elevated into the main A Final, this race was always going to be one of the toughest of the evening. However Czech rider Martin Malek leapt from the tapes, chased by defending European
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European U-19 Individual Speedway Cup – Final at Zarnovica (Slovakia)

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The Polish national team won the first edition of the European U19 Pairs Cup. The historical gold went to Jakub Miśkowiak, Wiktor Trofimow and Szymon Szlauderbach. The European Cup Par U19 is a completely new event. The historic, first competition consisted only of the final tournament and seven teams competed in the race. Poles showed from the very start that they were the favourites. In the competition, they collected 26 points out of available 30 points in 21 heats. Denmark and Latvia were battling for 2nd and 3rd place the whole meeting long with Denmark having better finish with 23 points over Latvia with 21 points. The meeting was held with no major incidents or accidents. Only some minor crashes happened but without any serious injuries. Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/589  
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European U-19 Individual Speedway Cup – Semi-Final 1 at Pardubice (Czech Republic)

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In one of the warmest days of the year, some of the hottest young talents in Europe were on track in a sunbathed Pardubice in front of around 250 spectators for the SF1 of the Individual Speedway Cup. The track staff worked well to keep the race track in excellent conditions. The final placings were only decided in the last four, hard fought heats. The winner was Polish Szymon Szlauderbach, ahead of Danish Jonas Saifert-Salk and of Latvian Artjoms Trofimovs. A run-off between Jonas Saifert-Salk of Denmark and Artjoms Trofimovs of Latvia saw the riders swap places in the four laps until finally the Dane took the win. The next meeting will be on August 11th at Varkaus, in Finland.  
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European Individual Grass Track Final at Tayac (France) – Preview

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James Shanes bids to write his own piece of track racing history in the European Grass Track Championship Final at Tayac, in the South of France, the next Saturday evening. The young rider, who lives near Poole on the South coast of England, will attempt a hat-trick of consecutive wins in this championship, a feat achieved previously only by Dutch Jannick De Jong, former World Champion. Only two other men – German Robert Barth and Stephan Katt – have three European crowns to their name, meaning Katt (who is also competing at Tayac), could be the first man to win four European crowns should he triumph in France on Saturday night. Two more contenders have won the title before - British Paul Hurry triumphed back in 2005, while the only previous French winner, Stephane Tressarrieu had his time in the spotlight three years later. The hopes of the host-nation do
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