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#1 jeze

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 08:48

Soon we're on our way again for the 15th season of Speedway Grand Prix! This year looks to be the same subjects fighting at the front of the field, but it'll be extremely interesting to see whether Nicki Pedersen can claim his third crown in succesion, thus becoming the first driver to win three consecutive Grand Prix titles (Rickardsson won the double twice).

The calendar for this year features 11 rounds in 8 countries, with a Nordic Grand Prix added in Vojens, Denmark. After last year's disaster has Gelsenkrichen been canned, while the Italian Grand Prix moves from Lonigo to Terenzano.

25/4 Prague (Praha), (Cze)
9/5 Leszno (Pol)
30/5 Gothenburg (Göteborg) (Swe)
13/6 Copenhagen (København) (Den)
27/6 Cardiff (UK)
1/8 Daugavpils (Lat)
15/8 Målilla (Swe)
29/8 Vojens (Den)
12/9 Krško (Slo)
26/9 Terenzano (Ita)
17/10 Bydgoszcz (Pol)

The riders are:
Nicki Pedersen
Jason Crump
Tomasz Gollob
Greg Hancock
Hans Andersen
Leigh Adams
Andreas Jonsson
Rune Holta
Scott Nicholls
Fredrik Lindgren
Chris Harris
Kenneth Bjerre
Grzegorsz Walasek
Sebastian Ulamek
Emil Saifutdinov

Among those I'm interested in seeing what Saifutdinov can do in his first Grand Prix season, since he's become Junior World Champion twice, which is very good considering he's not yet turned 20. I'm looking forward to see an improvement of Fredrik Lindgren, who I think really can prove himself this year!

My tip for the standings is:
1, Crump
2, Pedersen
3, Andersen
4, Jonsson
5, Gollob
6, Lindgren
7, Hancock
8, Adams
9, Harris
10, Saifutdinov

But as always, we'll see!

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#2 jeze

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:41

It seems I am pretty alone with my interest in Speedway :lol:

#3 pjaxz

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:57

I hope Gollob will become World Champion. That's what he deserves for his long career

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 12:15

I used to watch, but lost interest when Loram left. Shame there's no new yanks too, after 30 years of producing top riders it seems they've died a death. :

#5 jeze

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 19:22

Originally posted by pjaxz
I hope Gollob will become World Champion. That's what he deserves for his long career


He's very good, but he's way too inconsistent ever to win a championship title. It's unfortunate, but you have to deliver in 11 rounds as Pedersen always does, in order to become champion. Had there not been a Grand Prix, with just a final as until 1994, Gollob could have won two or three times even, but that's not the way it is.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 01:58

Well anybody except Nicki should win it...

I hope Jason can win it, or perhaps Gollob or Hanckok. It will also be interesting if the "young gun" Emil can keep top 8 place this year!

I will attend at least 2 Gp's this season (Krsko and Terenzano). It will for sure be a great season as always in speedway.

#7 jeze

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 13:53

Originally posted by xrepe
Well anybody except Nicki should win it...

I hope Jason can win it, or perhaps Gollob or Hanckok. It will also be interesting if the "young gun" Emil can keep top 8 place this year!

I will attend at least 2 Gp's this season (Krsko and Terenzano). It will for sure be a great season as always in speedway.


It's nice by you tidying up the numbers in Italy, there are always lots of chairs left there I'm afraid ;)