2014 Speedway Grand Prix

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2014 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
Dates April 5 — October 11
Events 12
Riders 15 permanents,
1 wild card(s),
2 track reserves
Heats 276 (in 12 events)
Champion Gold  USA Greg Hancock
Runner-up Silver  POL Krzysztof Kasprzak
3rd place Bronze  DEN Nicki Pedersen

The 2014 Speedway Grand Prix season was the 20th season of the Speedway Grand Prix era, and decided the 69th FIM Speedway World Championship. It was the fourteenth series under the promotion of Benfield Sports International, an IMG company. Tai Woffinden was the defending champion from 2013.

1997 and 2011 world champion Greg Hancock won a third world title, after taking top-five placings in all but one race he contested, including a victory at the British round, in Cardiff. Hancock won the title by eight points ahead of Krzysztof Kasprzak, who was the season's most frequent winner, with three victories. Third place in the championship was decided in a run-off at the final round of the season at Torún in Poland. Three-time world champion Nicki Pedersen and defending champion Woffinden – a winner in back-to-back events in Prague and Målilla, Sweden – finished tied on points, but Pedersen clinched the position after beating Woffinden in the run-off.

Aside from Hancock, Kasprzak and Woffinden, six other riders won races during the season. Martin Smolinski was the winner of the opening race in Auckland, New Zealand; it was his first victory in the series. Like Smolinski, Slovenia's Matej Žagar was a first-time winner in the Finnish round at Tampere, en route to a fifth place finish in the championship. Niels Kristian Iversen and Jarosław Hampel, who finished third and second behind Woffinden in 2013, each won races; Iversen won in Copenhagen while Hampel triumphed at Stockholm. Other winners were Andreas Jonsson in Vojens, Denmark and Bartosz Zmarzlik, who won on a wildcard appearance, on home soil, at Gorzów Wielkopolski.

Qualification[edit]

For the 2014 season there were 15 permanent riders, joined at each Grand Prix by one wild card and two track reserves.

The top eight riders from the 2013 championship qualified automatically. In March 2014, before the start of the season, Emil Sayfutdinov – who finished sixth in 2013 – elected not to compete in 2014 series, because he has failed to recover from serious injuries sustained the previous season. He was replaced by second substitute Troy Batchelor.[1] Those riders were joined by three riders who qualified via the Grand Prix Challenge. Since the winner of the Grand Prix Challenge, Niels Kristian Iversen, had already qualified following his third position in the 2013 championship, fourth-placed Martin Smolinski qualified.

The final four riders were nominated by series promoters, Benfield Sports International, following the completion of the 2013 season.[2] Early in October 2013, former world champion Tomasz Gollob accepted a nomination for the series, but later withdrew from the competition due to unforeseen developments in his sponsorship program. He was replaced by first substitute Chris Harris.[3]

Qualified riders[edit]

# Riders 2013 place GP Ch place Appearance Previous appearances in series
1 United Kingdom Tai Woffinden 1 3rd 2010, 2011, 2013
33 Poland Jarosław Hampel 2 9th 2000–2002, 2004–2007, 2008–2009, 2010–2013
88 Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen 3 1 4th 2004–2005, 2006, 2008, 2009–2010, 2013
45 United States Greg Hancock 4 20th 1995–2013
5 Denmark Nicki Pedersen 5 14th 2000, 2001–2013
55 Slovenia Matej Žagar 7 4th 2003–2005, 2006–2007, 2008–2009, 2011, 2013
43 Australia Darcy Ward 8 2nd 2011, 2013
507 Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak 10 2 3rd 2004–2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
66 Sweden Fredrik Lindgren 11 7th 2004, 2006–2007, 2008–2013
23 Australia Chris Holder 12 5th 2010–2013
100 Sweden Andreas Jonsson 13 13th 2001, 2002–2013
91 Denmark Kenneth Bjerre 3 5th 2004–2008, 2009–2012
84 Germany Martin Smolinski 4 1st 2008
37 United Kingdom Chris Harris 20 5 7th 2003, 2007–2012, 2013
75 Australia Troy Batchelor 6 1st 2013

Qualified substitute[edit]

The following rider qualified as a substitute due to their result in the Grand Prix Challenge.[2]

# Riders 2013 place GP Ch place
19 Denmark (19) Michael Jepsen Jensen 21 7

Calendar[edit]

The 2014 season consisted of 12 events, just like 2013.

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 April 5 New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand
Western Springs Stadium
Germany Martin Smolinski Denmark Nicki Pedersen Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Sweden Fredrik Lindgren results
2 April 26 Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland
Polonia Stadium
Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Australia Darcy Ward Poland Jarosław Hampel United States Greg Hancock results
3 May 17 Finland Tampere , Finland
Tampere Stadium
Slovenia Matej Žagar United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Sweden Fredrik Lindgren United States Greg Hancock results
4 May 31 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Markéta Stadium
United Kingdom Tai Woffinden United States Greg Hancock Slovenia Matej Žagar Denmark Nicki Pedersen results
5 June 14 Sweden Målilla , Sweden
G&B Stadium
United Kingdom Tai Woffinden United States Greg Hancock Australia Chris Holder Poland Jarosław Hampel results
6 June 28 Denmark Copenhagen , Denmark
Parken Stadium
Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen Australia Troy Batchelor United States Greg Hancock Denmark Peter Kildemand results
7 July 12 United Kingdom Cardiff , Great Britain
Millennium Stadium
United States Greg Hancock United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Australia Darcy Ward Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak results
8 August 17 Latvia Daugavpils, Latvia
Latvijas Spīdveja Centrs
Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Denmark Nicki Pedersen United States Greg Hancock Denmark Kenneth Bjerre results
9 August 30 Poland Gorzów Wielkopolski , Poland
Jancarz Stadium
Poland Bartosz Zmarzlik Slovenia Matej Žagar Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Denmark Michael Jepsen Jensen results
10 September 13 Denmark Vojens , Denmark
Speedway Center
Sweden Andreas Jonsson Denmark Peter Kildemand Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Australia Troy Batchelor results
11 September 27 Sweden Stockholm , Sweden
Friends Arena
Poland Jarosław Hampel United States Greg Hancock Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Australia Chris Holder results
12 October 11 Poland Toruń , Poland
Rose Motoarena
Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Sweden Andreas Jonsson Poland Jarosław Hampel Denmark Nicki Pedersen 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
FIN
Finland
CZE
Czech Republic
SWE
Sweden
DEN
Denmark
GBR
United Kingdom
LAT
Latvia
POL
Poland
NOR
Denmark
SCA
Sweden
PL2
Poland
Gold United States (45) Greg Hancock 140 6 16 12 12 16 11 14 16 9 15 13
Silver Poland (507) Krzysztof Kasprzak 132 17 18 7 0 7 10 17 16 12 11 17
Bronze Denmark (5) Nicki Pedersen 121 19 5 10 10 11 5 8 18 7 8 6 14
4 United Kingdom (1) Tai Woffinden 121 7 5 16 18 17 9 18 8 7 7 9
5 Slovenia (55) Matej Žagar 114 6 6 15 16 10 7 6 9 16 6 12 5
6 Sweden (100) Andreas Jonsson 103 7 10 7 7 4 6 8 6 4 15 12 17
7 Australia (23) Chris Holder 100 11 11 10 8 15 6 9 10 13 7
8 Poland (33) Jarosław Hampel 98 8 14 7 2 13 10 5 4 0 3 21 11
9 Australia (75) Troy Batchelor 91 4 4 10 3 5 20 3 8 9 13 6 6
10 Sweden (66) Fredrik Lindgren 90 13 5 12 8 5 4 10 6 6 9 9 3
11 Denmark (88) Niels Kristian Iversen 87 6 10 6 13 11 16 12 7 6
12 Germany (84) Martin Smolinski 81 15 7 9 6 3 5 8 6 5 6 7 4
13 Denmark (91) Kenneth Bjerre 79 11 4 3 4 10 3 4 11 10 10 1 8
14 Australia (43) Darcy Ward 75 5 16 8 16 6 9 15
15 United Kingdom (37) Chris Harris 48 0 2 4 6 5 3 6 3 6 5 4 4
16 Denmark (19) Michael Jepsen Jensen 42 8 9 14 7 4
17 Denmark (16) Peter Kildemand 33 15 18
18 Poland (16) Bartosz Zmarzlik 17 17
19 Poland (16) Adrian Miedziński 14 5 9
20 Latvia (17) Kjasts Puodžuks 10 10
21 Sweden (16) Tomas H. Jonasson 7 7
22 Sweden (16) Peter Ljung 7 7
23 Denmark (18) Mikkel B. Jensen 7 7
24 Poland (20) Maciej Janowski 7 7
25 Finland (16) Joonas Kylmäkorpi 5 5
26 Finland (17) Kauko Nieminen 4 4
27 Poland (17) Pawel Przedpelski 4 4
28 Latvia (16) Andžejs Ļebedevs 3 3
29 Sweden (20) Kim Nilsson 3 3
30 New Zealand (16) Jason Bunyan 2 2
31 United Kingdom (16) Craig Cook 2 2
32 Czech Republic (16) Vaclav Milik 2 2
33 Poland (17) Adrian Cyfer 2 2
34 Poland (18) Lukasz Kaczmarek 2 2
35 Denmark (18) Lasse Bjerre 1 1
Pos. Rider Points NZL
New Zealand
EUR
Poland
FIN
Finland
CZE
Czech Republic
SWE
Sweden
DEN
Denmark
GBR
United Kingdom
LAT
Latvia
POL
Poland
NOR
Denmark
SCA
Sweden
PL2
Poland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EMIL OUT OF SGP 2014". speedwaygp.com. 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b "CHAMPS HANDED SGP WILD CARDS". speedwaygp.com. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  3. ^ "HARRIS REPLACES GOLLOB IN SGP". speedwaygp.com. 2013-12-11. 

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