2013 Speedway Grand Prix

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2013 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
Dates March 23 — October 5
Events 12 in 12 cities in 9 countries
Riders 15 permanents,
1 wild card(s),
2 track reserves
Heats 276 (in 12 events)
Champion Gold  GBR Tai Woffinden
Runner-up Silver  POL Jarosław Hampel
3rd place Bronze  DEN Niels Kristian Iversen

The 2013 Speedway Grand Prix season was the 19th season of the Speedway Grand Prix era, and decided the 68th FIM Speedway World Championship. It was the thirteenth series under the promotion of Benfield Sports International, an IMG company.

The British rider Tai Woffinden became world champion, making him the first British rider to win the gold medal since Mark Loram in the 2000 Speedway Grand Prix. Jarosław Hampel won his third world championship medal, while Danish rider Niels Kristian Iversen won his first medal finishing third in the series.

Qualification[edit]

For the 2013 season there were 15 permanent riders, joined at each Grand Prix by one wild card and two track reserves.

Since Jason Crump decided to retire from the series, the top eight riders – except Crump, who was replaced by ninth-placed Andreas Jonsson – from the 2012 championship qualified.[1] Those riders were joined by three riders who qualified via the Grand Prix Challenge.[2]

The final four riders were nominated by series promoters, Benfield Sports International, following the completion of the 2012 season.[3][4]

Qualified riders[edit]

# Riders 2012 place GP Ch place Appearance Previous appearances in series
1 Australia Chris Holder 1 4th 2010–2012
2 Denmark Nicki Pedersen 2 13th 2000, 2001–2012
3 United States Greg Hancock 3 19th 1995–2012
4 Poland Tomasz Gollob 4 18th 1995, 1996, 1997–2012
5 Russia Emil Sayfutdinov 5 5th 2009–2012
6 Sweden Antonio Lindbäck 7 F 6th 2004, 2005–2007, 2009–2010, 2011–2012
7 Sweden Fredrik Lindgren 8 6th 2004, 2006–2007, 2008–2012
8 Sweden Andreas Jonsson 9 12th 2001, 2002–2012
9 Slovakia Martin Vaculík 11 8 1st 2012
10 Poland Jarosław Hampel 14 8th 2000–2002, 2004–2007, 2008–2009, 2010–2012
11 Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak 18 1 2nd 2004–2007, 2008, 2012
12 Slovenia Matej Žagar 2 3rd 2003–2005, 2006–2007, 2008–2009, 2011
13 Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen 3 3rd 2004–2005, 2006, 2008, 2009–2010
14 United Kingdom Tai Woffinden 2nd 2010, 2011
15 Australia Darcy Ward 1st 2011

Qualified substitutes[edit]

The following riders qualified as substitutes due to their results in the Grand Prix Challenge.[3]

# Riders 2012 place GP Ch place
19 Czech Republic (19) Aleš Dryml, Jr. 4
20 Denmark (20) Leon Madsen 5
21 Australia (21) Troy Batchelor 6
22 Denmark (22) Hans N. Andersen 10 7
23 Sweden (23) Peter Ljung 15 9

Crump spot controversy[edit]

Before the Toruń event in 2012, former three-times World Champion, Jason Crump announced his retirement at the end of the 2012 season.[5][6]

According to the SGP Regulation, Crump's spot for the 2013 season – as sixth place in 2012 – should be taken by the first Qualified Substitute, Aleš Dryml, Jr..[7] However, BSI has announced that Crump's spot would be awarded to Andreas Jonsson, the ninth place finisher in the 2012 standings, per FIM regulations.

(...) Should a rider or riders who have qualified directly, either by being in the top 8 of the Final Overall Grand Prix Classification or in the top 3 of the FIM Grand Prix qualification system or who qualified through both systems, withdraw prior to the start of the Grand Prix season, the first rider or riders available on the Official Grand Prix Qualified Substitute list shall replace him or them.


— Speedway Grand Prix Regulation, Rule 077.8.5, FIM (pages 22–23)[8]

Calendar[edit]

The 2013 season will consist of 12 events, just like the 2012 Speedway Grand Prix.[9][10]

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 March 23 New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand
Western Springs Stadium
Poland Jarosław Hampel Poland Tomasz Gollob Denmark Nicki Pedersen United States Greg Hancock results
2 April 20 Poland Bydgoszcz , Poland
Polonia Stadium
Russia Emil Sayfutdinov Slovenia Matej Žagar Poland Tomasz Gollob United Kingdom Tai Woffinden results
3 May 4 Sweden Gothenburg , Sweden
Ullevi
Russia Emil Sayfutdinov Australia Chris Holder Denmark Nicki Pedersen Poland Jaroslaw Hampel results
4 May 18 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Markéta Stadium
United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Denmark Nicki Pedersen Russia Emil Sayfutdinov results
5 June 1 United Kingdom Cardiff , Great Britain
Millennium Stadium
Russia Emil Sayfutdinov Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Sweden Fredrik Lindgren results
6 June 15 Poland Gorzów Wlkp. , Poland
Jancarz Stadium
Poland Jarosław Hampel Australia Chris Holder United Kingdom Tai Woffinden United States Greg Hancock results
7 June 29 Denmark Copenhagen , Denmark
Parken Stadium
Australia Darcy Ward Slovenia Matej Zagar Australia Chris Holder Poland Tomasz Gollob results
8 August 3 Italy Terenzano , Italy
Pista Olimpia
Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Russia Emil Sayfutdinov Slovenia Matej Žagar results
9 August 17 Latvia Daugavpils , Latvia
Latvijas Spidveja Centrs
United States Greg Hancock Australia Darcy Ward United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Denmark Nicki Pedersen results
10 September 7 Slovenia Krško , Slovenia
Matije Gubca Stadium
Poland Jarosław Hampel United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Poland Tomasz Gollob Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen results
11 September 21 Sweden Stockholm , Sweden
Friends Arena
Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen Slovenia Matej Žagar Poland Jarosław Hampel United States Greg Hancock results
12 October 5 Poland Toruń , Poland
Rose Motoarena
Poland Adrian Miedzinski United States Greg Hancock Poland Jaroslaw Hampel Denmark Niels-Kristian Iversen results

Classification[edit]

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos. Rider Points NZL
New Zealand
EUR
Poland
SWE
Sweden
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
POL
Poland
DEN
Denmark
ITA
Italy
LAT
Latvia
SLO
Slovenia
SCA
Sweden
PL2
Poland
Gold United Kingdom (14) Tai Woffinden 151 9 14 12 19 7 12 11 18 15 17 7 10
Silver Poland (10) Jarosław Hampel 142 15 8 15 8 6 14 6 13 11 16 13 17
Bronze Denmark (13) Niels Kristian Iversen 132 7 9 10 7 16 11 4 13 13 11 18 13
4 United States (3) Greg Hancock 129 11 8 8 7 11 12 9 5 18 9 13 18
5 Denmark (2) Nicki Pedersen 121 12 10 12 11 11 8 7 12 11 14 5 8
6 Russia (5) Emil Sayfutdinov 114 6 15 17 17 14 15 13 10 7
7 Slovenia (12) Matej Žagar 110 5 14 9 10 3 7 13 14 9 8 15 3
8 Australia (15) Darcy Ward 106 12 13 0 19 11 13 10 15 13
9 Poland (4) Tomasz Gollob 89 15 16 9 3 5 4 10 6 5 16 0
10 Poland (11) Krzysztof Kasprzak 89 6 0 7 12 13 10 6 5 3 8 10 9
11 Sweden (7) Fredrik Lindgren 83 8 4 5 11 12 7 8 6 4 8 8 2
12 Australia (1) Chris Holder 82 9 10 14 7 14 14 14
13 Sweden (8) Andreas Jonsson 64 11 4 3 9 3 9 0 7 3 10 5
14 Slovakia (9) Martin Vaculík 62 5 4 3 6 11 4 6 5 7 5 0 6
15 Sweden (6) Antonio Lindbäck 51 6 3 8 5 1 3 2 6 1 7 3 6
16 Denmark (20) Leon Madsen 30 8 5 1 9 7
17 Czech Republic (19) Ales Dryml 16 3 2 2 4 2 3 0
18 Poland (16) Adrian Miedzinski 15 15
19 Latvia (16) Andzejs Lebedevs 9 9
20 United Kingdom (16) Chris Harris 7 7
21 Denmark (16) Michael Jepsen Jensen 6 6
22 Sweden (16) Linus Sundström 6 6
23 Poland (16) Krzysztof Buczkowski 6 6
24 Poland (16) Bartosz Zmarzlik 6 6
25 Australia (21) Troy Batchelor 6 6
26 Sweden (17) Fredrik Engman 4 4
27 Slovenia (16) Aleksander Conda 3 3
28 Sweden (18) Oliver Berntzon 3 3
29 Italy (16) Nicolas Covatti 2 2
30 Sweden (16) Kim Nilsson 2 2
31 Czech Republic (16) Josef Franc 2 2
32 Denmark (17) Peter Kildemand 2 2
33 Denmark (18) Kenni Larsen 2 2
34 New Zealand (16) Jason Bunyan 1 1
35 United Kingdom (17) Craig Cook 1 1
36 United Kingdom (18) Josh Auty 1 1
37 Sweden (17) Dennis Andersson 0 0
38 Sweden (18) Mathias Thornblom 0 0
39 Italy (17) Nicolas Vicentin 0 0
Rider(s) not classified
New Zealand (17) Dale Finch ns
New Zealand (18) Sean Mason ns
Poland (17) Szymon Woźniak ns
Poland (18) Mikołaj Curyło ns
Czech Republic (17) Vaclav Milik ns
Czech Republic (18) Zdenek Holub ns
Poland (17) Adrian Cyfer ns
Poland (18) Lukasz Cyran ns
Italy (18) Paco Castagna ns
Latvia (17) Kasts Puodzuks ns
Latvia (18) Maksims Bogdanovs ns
Slovenia (17) Matic Voldrih ns
Slovenia (18) Denis Stojs ns
Poland (17) Pawel Przedpelski ns
Poland (18) Kamil Pulczynski ns
Pos. Rider Points NZL
New Zealand
EUR
Poland
SWE
Sweden
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
POL
Poland
DEN
Denmark
ITA
Italy
LAT
Latvia
SLO
Slovenia
SCA
Sweden
PL2
Poland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CRUMP RETIRES FROM SGP". speedwaygp.com. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ "KK LEADS SGP CHARGE IN CROATIA". speedwaygp.com. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b "SGP 2013 WILD CARDS REVEALED". speedwaygp.com. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Jarosław Hampel z dziką kartą w GP 2013!" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jason Crump rezygnuje z cyklu Grand Prix" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Odchodzi rekordzista i jedna z legend żużla" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ales Dryml w Grand Prix? Jonsson musi liczyć na dziką kartę?" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "SGP Regulation". FIM-live.com. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "SGP & SWC CALENDAR 2013 REVEALED". speedwaygp.com. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Oficjalny kalendarz Grand Prix 2013" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 

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