2015 Speedway Grand Prix

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2015 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
DatesApril 18 — October 24
Events12
Riders15 permanents
1 wild card(s)
2 track reserves
Heats276 (in 12 events)
Winners
Champion GBR Tai Woffinden
Runner-up USA Greg Hancock
3rd place DEN Nicki Pedersen

The 2015 Speedway Grand Prix season was the 21st season of the Speedway Grand Prix era, and decided the 70th FIM Speedway World Championship. It was the fifteenth series under the promotion of Benfield Sports International, an IMG company. Greg Hancock was the defending champion from 2014.

Tai Woffinden won the world title, with Hancock second and Nicki Pedersen third. It was Woffinden's second title having also won in 2013.

Qualification[edit]

For the 2015 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 2014 championship qualified automatically. Those riders were joined by the three riders who qualified via the Grand Prix Challenge. Since the winner of the Grand Prix Challenge, Matej Žagar, had already qualified following his fifth position in the 2014 championship, fourth-placed Maciej Janowski qualified.

The final four riders were nominated by series promoters, Benfield Sports International, following the completion of the 2014 season.

Qualified riders[edit]

# Riders 2014 place GP Ch place Appearance Previous appearances in series
45 United States Greg Hancock 1 21st 1995–2014
507 Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak 2 4th 2004–2007, 2008, 2012, 2013–2014
3 Denmark Nicki Pedersen 3 15th 2000, 2001–2014
108 United Kingdom Tai Woffinden 4 4th 2010, 2011, 2013–2014
55 Slovenia Matej Žagar 5 1 5th 2003–2005, 2006–2007, 2008–2009, 2011, 2013–2014
100 Sweden Andreas Jonsson 6 14th 2001, 2002–2014
23 Australia Chris Holder 7 6th 2010–2014
33 Poland Jarosław Hampel 8 10th 2000–2002, 2004–2007, 2008–2009, 2010–2014
75 Australia Troy Batchelor 9 2nd 2013, 2014
88 Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen 11 5th 2004–2005, 2006, 2008, 2009–2010, 2013–2014
69 Australia Jason Doyle 2 1st
37 United Kingdom Chris Harris 15 3 9th 2003, 2007–2014
71 Poland Maciej Janowski 4 1st 2008, 2012, 2014
30 Sweden Thomas H. Jonasson 21 5 1st 2010–2012, 2014
52 Denmark Michael Jepsen Jensen 16 1st 2012–2014

Qualified substitutes[edit]

The following riders were nominated as a substitutes:

# Riders 2014 place GP Ch place
19 Denmark (19) Peter Kildemand 17 8
20 Poland (20) Piotr Pawlicki Jr.
21 Sweden (21) Linus Sundström 11

Calendar[edit]

The 2015 season consisted of 12 events, just like 2014, although the first Grand Prix was cut short after 12 heats, and the Latvian Grand Prix was awarded after 20 heats.

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 April 18 Poland Warsaw , Poland
Stadion Narodowy
Slovenia Matej Žagar United Kingdom Chris Harris Poland Jarosław Hampel Denmark Niels-Kristian Iversen results
2 May 16 Finland Tampere , Finland
Tampere Stadium
Denmark Nicki Pedersen United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Sweden Andreas Jonsson Poland Jarosław Hampel results
3 May 23 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Markéta Stadium
United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Poland Jarosław Hampel Poland Maciej Janowski Denmark Nicki Pedersen results
4 July 4 United Kingdom Cardiff , Great Britain
Millennium Stadium
Denmark Niels-Kristian Iversen Australia Chris Holder Denmark Peter Kildemand United Kingdom Tai Woffinden results
5 July 18 Latvia Daugavpils , Latvia
Latvijas Spīdveja Centrs
Poland Maciej Janowski Denmark Nicki Pedersen Australia Troy Batchelor Australia Chris Holder results
6 July 25 Sweden Målilla , Sweden
G&B Stadium
Denmark Nicki Pedersen United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Sweden Antonio Lindbäck Slovenia Matej Žagar results
7 August 8 Denmark Horsens , Denmark
CASA Arena
Denmark Peter Kildemand Slovenia Matej Žagar Denmark Michael Jepsen Jensen United Kingdom Tai Woffinden results
8 August 29 Poland Gorzów , Poland
Edward Jancarz Stadium
Slovenia Matej Žagar United States Greg Hancock United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Poland Bartosz Zmarzlik results
9 September 12 Slovenia Krško , Slovenia
Matija Gubec Stadium
United States Greg Hancock United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Denmark Peter Kildemand Denmark Nicki Pedersen results
10 September 26 Sweden Stockholm , Sweden
Friends Arena
United Kingdom Tai Woffinden United States Greg Hancock Denmark Niels-Kristian Iversen Poland Maciej Janowski results
11 October 3 Poland Toruń , Poland
Rose Motoarena
Denmark Nicki Pedersen Australia Jason Doyle Poland Maciej Janowski Denmark Niels-Kristian Iversen results
12 October 24 Australia Melbourne , Australia
Etihad Stadium
United States Greg Hancock Denmark Niels-Kristian Iversen Poland Maciej Janowski Australia Jason Doyle results

Classification[edit]

[1]

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos. Rider Points POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
LVA
Latvia
SWE
Sweden
DEN
Denmark
PL2
Poland
SLO
Slovenia
SCA
Sweden
PL3
Poland
AUS
Australia
Gold United Kingdom (108) Tai Woffinden (C) 163 5 17 18 15 8 17 11 18 18 16 8 12
Silver United States (45) Greg Hancock 147 5 9 13 12 10 9 7 17 20 16 8 21
Bronze Denmark (3) Nicki Pedersen 131 3 16 15 9 11 17 7 7 13 7 19 7
4 Denmark (88) Niels-Kristian Iversen 120 7 6 8 14 8 10 7 10 11 14 10 15
5 Australia (69) Jason Doyle 114 4 11 7 7 8 11 12 6 11 8 18 11
6 Slovenia (55) Matej Žagar 107 8 7 9 10 6 13 12 16 8 4 7 7
7 Poland (71) Maciej Janowski 106 3 2 18 3 12 8 12 5 9 12 11 11
8 Australia (23) Chris Holder 95 0 7 6 18 10 10 10 8 9 4 11 2
9 Denmark (19) Peter Kildemand 92 12 8 3 14 9 13 9 11 13
10 Sweden (100) Andreas Jonsson 88 3 12 9 2 7 5 7 6 4 10 11 12
11 Denmark (52) Michael Jepsen Jensen 84 5 10 4 8 7 7 13 10 2 6 5 7
12 Australia (75) Troy Batchelor 59 0 7 6 4 11 2 6 4 9 5 3 2
13 United Kingdom (37) Chris Harris 55 7 6 5 5 4 5 2 5 4 9 3 0
13 Sweden (30) Thomas H. Jonasson 55 4 4 1 7 7 7 7 1 2 6 5 4
15 Poland (507) Krzysztof Kasprzak 45 3 10 4 4 0 0 4 1 3 6 1 9
16 Poland (33) Jarosław Hampel 31 7 11 13
17 Sweden (16) Antonio Lindbäck 20 14 6
18 Poland (17,16) Bartosz Zmarzlik 17 3 14
19 Poland (18,17) Piotr Pawlicki Jr. 8 1 7
20 United Kingdom (16) Craig Cook 7 7
21 Denmark (16) Mikkel Michelsen 6 6
22 Australia (16) Sam Masters 5 5
23 Poland (16) Tomasz Gollob 4 4
24 Finland (16) Timo Lahti 3 3
24 Latvia (16) Kjastas Puodzuks 3 3
26 Czech Republic (16) Vaclav Milik 2 2
27 United Kingdom (18) Robert Lambert 1 1
27 Poland (17) Adrian Cyfer 1 1
27 Slovenia (16) Aleksander Conda 1 1
27 Slovenia (17) Denis Stojs 1 1
31 Finland (17) Nike Lunna 0 0
31 Finland (18) Jiri Nieminen 0 0
31 Czech Republic (17) Matěj Kůs 0 0
31 Czech Republic (18) Josef Franc 0 0
31 United Kingdom (17) Jason Garrity 0 0
Pos. Rider Points POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
LVA
Latvia
SWE
Sweden
DEN
Denmark
PL2
Poland
SLO
Slovenia
SCA
Sweden
PL3
Poland
AUS
Australia

The first Grand Prix was awarded after 12 heats because the riders deemed the track to be unsafe to race. The win went to Matej Žagar, with second place going to Chris Harris and third to Jarosław Hampel.

The fifth Grand Prix was awarded after 20 heats due to a waterlogged track. The win went to Maciej Jankowski, with second place going to Nicki Pedersen and third to Troy Batchelor.

In the twelfth Grand Prix, Australian Jason Doyle was injured in the final and was unable to partake in the rerun.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 FIM Speedway World Championship standings". SGP.

External links[edit]