2007 Speedway Grand Prix

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2007 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
Dates April 28 - October 13
Events 11 in 11 cities in 9 countries
Riders 15 permanents,
1 wild card(s),
2 track reserves
Heats 253 + 1 Run-off (in 11 events)
Champion Gold  DEN Nicki Pedersen
Runner-up Silver  AUS Leigh Adams
3rd place Bronze  AUS Jason Crump

The 2007 Speedway Grand Prix season was the 13th season in the Speedway Grand Prix era and was used to determine the Speedway World Champion. It was the first under the promotion of IMG, who had purchased series organisers Benfield Sports International (BSI).

Event format[edit]

The format for 2007 was a revision of that used in 2006, with 16 riders taking part in each Grand Prix and over the course of 20 heats each rider racing against every other rider once. The top 8 scorers advanced to a semi-final and from each semi-final the 1st and 2nd placed riders advanced to the Grand Prix final.

All rides counted towards Grand Prix points totals, including the semi-final and final, which counted as double (6-4-2-0) and therefore the maximum points for a single Grand Prix was 24 (5x heat wins, semi final win and final win). This scoring revision was introduced as a result of comments made during 2006 that the four finalists received too many points compared to the losing semi-finalists who received little benefit compared to the 9th placed non-qualifier.[1] This format also meant that the winner of each Grand Prix may not be the rider who scores most Grand Prix points from each race.

Cities[edit]

Cities of 2007 Grand Prix:

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Lonigo
Wrocław
Eskilstuna
Copenhagen
Cardiff
Prague
Målilla
Daugavpils
Bydgoszcz
Krško
Gelsenkirchen

Qualification for Grand Prix[edit]

For the 2007 season, there were 15 permanent riders joined at each Grand Prix by one wild card. The top eight riders from the 2006 championship qualified as of right, although as Hans Andersen had already qualified the 9th placed rider was also included. These eight qualifiers were, in championship order:-

They were joined by three riders who qualified via the Grand Prix Qualifying final. These riders were, in order by qualifying position:-

The final four riders were nominated by series promoters, Benfield Sports International, following the completion of the 2006 Grand Prix season.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 April 28 Italy Lonigo , Italy
Stadio Speedway Santa Marina
Denmark Nicki Pedersen United States Greg Hancock Poland Wiesław Jaguś Australia Jason Crump results
2 May 12 Poland Wrocław , Poland
Olimpic Stadium
Denmark Nicki Pedersen Denmark Hans N. Andersen United Kingdom Chris Harris Australia Jason Crump results
3 May 26 Sweden Eskilstuna , Sweden
Smedstadion
Australia Leigh Adams Denmark Hans N. Andersen Sweden Fredrik Lindgren Denmark Nicki Pedersen results
4 June 9 Denmark Copenhagen , Denmark
Parken Stadium
Sweden Andreas Jonsson Denmark Nicki Pedersen Australia Leigh Adams Poland Tomasz Gollob results
5 June 30 United Kingdom Cardiff , Great Britain
Millennium Stadium
United Kingdom Chris Harris United States Greg Hancock Australia Jason Crump Australia Leigh Adams results
6 July 28 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Marketa Stadium
Denmark Nicki Pedersen Poland Jarosław Hampel Poland Rune Holta United Kingdom Scott Nicholls results
7 August 11 Sweden Målilla , Sweden
G&B Stadium
Australia Leigh Adams Poland Tomasz Gollob Australia Jason Crump Denmark Hans N. Andersen results
8 August 25 Latvia Daugavpils , Latvia
Spidveja Centrs
Australia Leigh Adams Denmark Nicki Pedersen Poland Tomasz Gollob United Kingdom Scott Nicholls results
9 September 8 Poland Bydgoszcz , Poland
Polonia Stadium
Poland Tomasz Gollob Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Denmark Nicki Pedersen Sweden Andreas Jonsson results
10 September 22 Slovenia Krško , Slovenia
Matije Gubca Stadium
Denmark Nicki Pedersen United Kingdom Scott Nicholls Poland Rune Holta Australia Jason Crump results
11 October 13 Germany Gelsenkirchen , Germany
Veltins-Arena
Sweden Andreas Jonsson United States Greg Hancock Australia Jason Crump Australia Leigh Adams results

Final standings[edit]

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos. Rider Points ITA
Italy
EUR
Poland
SWE
Sweden
DEN
Denmark
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
SCA
Sweden
LAT
Latvia
POL
Poland
SVN
Slovenia
GER
Germany
1 Denmark (3) Nicki Pedersen 196 24 23 11 16 12 24 16 19 19 23 9
2 Australia (5) Leigh Adams 153 12 10 21 18 14 8 19 22 9 9 11
3 Australia (1) Jason Crump 124 12 13 4 9 15 11 15 10 7 13 15
4 Poland (8) Tomasz Gollob 108 10 3 9 11 3 1 19 14 21 10 7
5 Denmark (6) Hans Andersen 107 9 13 20 12 13 8 12 5 3 3 9
6 United States (2) Greg Hancock 106 19 15 9 7 17 6 5 3 5 4 16
7 Poland (14) Rune Holta 91 +3 2 6 9 5 5 16 5 7 10 16 10
8 United Kingdom (11) Scott Nicholls 91 +2 4 6 4 7 9 12 8 13 4 16 8
9 United Kingdom (15) Chris Harris 91 +F 7 15 9 5 20 5 6 7 5 8 4
10 Sweden (4) Andreas Jonsson 90 7 5 5 16 5 7 - 8 11 6 20
11 Poland (13) Wiesław Jaguś 81 14 6 6 3 0 9 12 11 5 9 6
12 Denmark (12) Bjarne Pedersen 77 5 8 3 5 7 6 7 8 8 9 11
13 Poland (9) Jarosław Hampel 67 8 6 5 7 8 16 - - 11 6 -
14 Slovenia (7) Matej Žagar 54 5 7 7 1 5 8 3 2 4 6 6
15 Sweden (10) Antonio Lindbäck 31 3 0 3 9 7 0 3 0 5 1 -
16 Sweden (16) Fredrik Lindgren 21 - - 14 - - - 7 - - - -
17 Poland (16) Krzysztof Kasprzak 17 - - - - - - - - 17 - -
18 Sweden (19) Peter Karlsson 13 - - - - - - 5 - - - 8
19 Denmark (16) Kenneth Bjerre 10 - - - 10 - - - - - - -
20 Russia (16) Grigory Laguta 8 - - - - - - - 8 - - -
21 Poland (16) Sebastian Ułamek 6 - 6 - - - - - - - - -
22 Croatia (16) Jurica Pavlič 5 - - - - - - - - - 5 -
23 Sweden (17) Jonas Davidsson 5 - - 5 - - - ns - - - -
24 Finland (20) Kai Laukkanen 5 - - - - - - 2 3 - - 0
25 United Kingdom (16) David Howe 4 - - - - 4 - - - - - -
26 Czech Republic (16) Luboš Tomíček, Jr. 4 - - - - - 4 - - - - -
27 Germany (16) Christian Hefenbrock 4 - - - - - - - - - - 4
28 Czech Republic (17) Josef Franc 3 - - - - - 3 - - - - -
29 Italy (16) Mattia Carpanese 2 2 - - - - - - - - - -
30 Denmark (18) Morten Risager 2 - - - 2 - - - - - - -
31 Latvia (18) Maksims Bogdanovs 2 - - - - - - - 2 - - -
32 Poland (17) Tomasz Gapiński 1 - 1 - - - - - - - - -
33 Latvia (17) Kasts Poudzuks 1 - - - - - - - 1 - - -
34 Italy (17) Daniele Tessari 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
35 Denmark (17) Jesper B. Jensen 0 - - - 0 - - - - - - -
36 Italy (18) Christian Miotello 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
37 Sweden (18) Eric Andersson 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
38 Czech Republic (18) Matěj Kůs 0 - - - - - 0 - - - - -
United Kingdom (17) Edward Kennett - - - - - ns - - - - - -
Poland (17) Krzysztof Buczkowski - - - - - - - - - ns - -
Slovenia (17) Jernej Kolenko - - - - - - - - - - ns -
Germany (17) Martin Smolinski - - - - - - - - - - - ns
Poland (18) Tomasz Jędrzejak - - ns - - - - - - - - -
United Kingdom (18) Daniel King - - - - - ns - - - - - -
Sweden (18) Sebastian Aldén - - - - - - - ns - - - -
Poland (18) Adrian Miedziński - - - - - - - - - ns - -
Slovenia (18) Izak Šantej - - - - - - - - - - ns -
Germany (18) Tobias Kroner - - - - - - - - - - - ns
Pos. Rider Points ITA
Italy
EUR
Poland
SWE
Sweden
DEN
Denmark
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
SCA
Sweden
LAT
Latvia
POL
Poland
SVN
Slovenia
GER
Germany

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olsen pleased with new system". Benfield Sports International. 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-08.