2016 Speedway Grand Prix

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2016 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
DatesApril 30 — October 22
Events11
Riders15 permanents
1 wild card(s)
2 track reserves
Heats253 (in 11 events)
Winners
Champion USA Greg Hancock
Runner-up GBR Tai Woffinden
3rd place POL Bartosz Zmarzlik

The 2016 Speedway Grand Prix season was the 22nd season of the Speedway Grand Prix era, and decided the 71st FIM Speedway World Championship. It was the sixteenth series under the promotion of Benfield Sports International, an IMG company. Tai Woffinden was the defending champion from 2015.

Greg Hancock won the title, the fourth of his career. He won the series by nine points from 2015 champion Woffinden, who finished second ahead of debutant Bartosz Zmarzlik. Jason Doyle was leading the series with two rounds to go, but suffered an injury in his first heat during the penultimate round in Poland and was unable to complete the season. He eventually finished fifth, behind Australian compatriot and 2012 world champion Chris Holder, who won his home Grand Prix in Melbourne (his first SGP win since 2012) to move in fourth in the standings.

The title lifted Hancock to sixth on the all-time list, joining Ivan Mauger and Tony Rickardsson (6 each), Ove Fundin (5) and Barry Briggs and Hans Nielsen (4 each) as riders to win at least four individual world championships.

Qualification[edit]

For the 2016 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 2015 championship qualified automatically. Those riders were joined by the three riders who qualified via the Grand Prix Challenge.

The final four riders were nominated by series promoters, Benfield Sports International, following the completion of the 2015 season.[1]

Qualified riders[edit]

# Riders 2015 place GP Ch place Appearance Previous appearances in series
108 United Kingdom Tai Woffinden 1 5th 2010, 2011, 2013–2015
45 United States Greg Hancock 2 22nd 1995–2015
3 Denmark Nicki Pedersen 3 16th 2000, 2001–2015
88 Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen 4 6th 2004–2005, 2006, 2008, 2009–2010, 2013–2015
69 Australia Jason Doyle 5 2nd 2015
55 Slovenia Matej Žagar 6 6th 2003–2005, 2006–2007, 2008–2009, 2011, 2013–2015
71 Poland Maciej Janowski 7 2nd 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015
23 Australia Chris Holder 8 7th 2010–2015
95 Poland Bartosz Zmarzlik 18 1 1st 2012-2015
777 Poland Piotr Pawlicki Jr. 19 2 1st 2015
37 United Kingdom Chris Harris 13 3 10th 2003, 2007–2012, 2013, 2014-2015
25 Denmark Peter Kildemand 9 5 1st 2012-2015
100 Sweden Andreas Jonsson 10 15th 2001, 2002–2015
33 Poland Jarosław Hampel 16 11th 2000–2002, 2004–2007, 2008–2009, 2010–2015
85 Sweden Antonio Lindbäck 17 15 7th 2004, 2005–2007, 2009–2010, 2011–2013, 2015

Qualified substitutes[edit]

The following riders were nominated as substitutes:

# Riders 2015 place GP Ch place
66 Sweden Fredrik Lindgren 4
52 Denmark Michael Jepsen Jensen 11
21 Czech Republic Václav Milík 26 6

Fredrik Lindgren replaced the injured Jarosław Hampel for the first six rounds. Hampel then officially withdrew from the competition on 22 August 2016,[2] promoting Lindgren to a full-time place in the series.

Calendar[edit]

The 2016 season consisted of 11 events, one less than the 2015 series.[3]

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 April 30 Slovenia Krško , Slovenia
Matija Gubec Stadium
Denmark Peter Kildemand Australia Jason Doyle Australia Chris Holder United Kingdom Tai Woffinden results
2 May 14 Poland Warsaw , Poland
Stadion Narodowy
United Kingdom Tai Woffinden United States Greg Hancock Slovenia Matej Žagar Australia Chris Holder results
3 June 11 Denmark Horsens , Denmark
CASA Arena
Poland Maciej Janowski Australia Chris Holder United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Denmark Nicki Pedersen results
4 June 25 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Markéta Stadium
Australia Jason Doyle United States Greg Hancock United Kingdom Chris Harris Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen results
5 July 9 United Kingdom Cardiff , Great Britain
Principality Stadium
Sweden Antonio Lindbäck United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Poland Bartosz Zmarzlik United States Greg Hancock results
6 August 14 Sweden Målilla , Sweden
G&B Stadium
United States Greg Hancock Australia Jason Doyle Poland Piotr Pawlicki Jr. Australia Chris Holder results
7 August 27 Poland Gorzów , Poland
Edward Jancarz Stadium
Australia Jason Doyle United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Australia Chris Holder Poland Bartosz Zmarzlik results
8 September 10 Germany Teterow , Germany
Bergring Arena
Australia Jason Doyle Poland Bartosz Zmarzlik United States Greg Hancock Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen results
9 September 24 Sweden Stockholm , Sweden
Friends Arena
Australia Jason Doyle Australia Chris Holder Sweden Fredrik Lindgren Slovenia Matej Žagar results
10 October 1 Poland Toruń , Poland
Rose Motoarena
Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen United States Greg Hancock Poland Bartosz Zmarzlik Slovenia Matej Žagar results
11 October 22 Australia Melbourne , Australia
Etihad Stadium
Australia Chris Holder United Kingdom Tai Woffinden Poland Bartosz Zmarzlik Sweden Antonio Lindbäck results

Final Classification[edit]

[4]

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos. Rider Points SVN
Slovenia
POL
Poland
DEN
Denmark
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
SWE
Sweden
PL2
Poland
GER
Germany
SCA
Sweden
PL3
Poland
AUS
Australia
Gold United States (45) Greg Hancock (C) 139 10 14 14 18 10 17 11 15 9 16 5
Silver United Kingdom (108) Tai Woffinden 130 10 14 15 9 15 8 15 10 11 8 15
Bronze Poland (95) Bartosz Zmarzlik 128 8 10 7 13 13 10 14 13 12 13 15
4 Australia (23) Chris Holder 126 14 12 13 5 6 12 15 8 13 11 17
5 Australia (69) Jason Doyle 123 13 5 7 17 12 17 16 17 19 0
6 Poland (777) Piotr Pawlicki Jr. 99 8 4 5 6 14 13 10 11 10 10 8
7 Sweden (85) Antonio Lindbäck 93 10 10 10 5 18 7 4 6 4 5 14
8 Denmark (88) Niels Kristian Iversen 91 8 4 7 11 3 8 5 11 7 15 12
9 Poland (71) Maciej Janowski 90 10 10 16 5 11 12 6 2 8 5 5
10 Slovenia (55) Matej Žagar 90 4 14 8 5 8 3 4 3 15 15 11
11 Sweden (66) Fredrik Lindgren 88 7 12 2 11 2 8 11 6 14 9 6
12 Denmark (25) Peter Kildemand 68 15 6 7 6 4 9 3 6 6 2 4
13 Denmark (3) Nicki Pedersen 62 10 4 10 8 5 6 12 7
14 Sweden (100) Andreas Jonsson 53 6 8 8 6 9 2 0 7 7
15 United Kingdom (37) Chris Harris 40 3 3 4 10 1 2 4 6 0 3 4
16 Denmark (52) Michael Jepsen Jensen 31 7 4 10 10
17 Poland (16) Patryk Dudek 8 8
17 Germany (16) Martin Smolinski 8 8
17 Poland (16) Paweł Przedpełski 8 8
20 United Kingdom (16) Danny King 7 7
20 Poland (16) Krzysztof Kasprzak 7 7
22 Denmark (16) Anders Thomsen 5 5
22 Sweden (17) Kim Nilsson 5 5
24 Sweden (16) Peter Ljung 4 4
25 Czech Republic (16) Václav Milík Jr. 3 3
26 Germany (17) Tobias Kroner 2 2
26 Australia (16) Sam Masters 2 2
26 Australia (17) Brady Kurtz 2 2
26 Australia (19) Jack Holder 2 2
30 Slovenia (16) Denis Štojs 1 1
30 Slovenia (17) Nick Škorja 1 1
30 Poland (17) Daniel Kaczmarek 1 1
30 Sweden (16) Jacob Thorssell 1 1
30 Poland (17) Kacper Woryna 1 1
35 Slovenia (18) Matic Ivačič 0 0
35 Poland (18) Oskar Bober 0 0
35 Australia (18) Max Fricke 0 0
Pos. Rider Points SVN
Slovenia
POL
Poland
DEN
Denmark
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
SWE
Sweden
PL2
Poland
GER
Germany
SCA
Sweden
PL3
Poland
AUS
Australia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 SGP Wildcards". SGP.
  2. ^ "Hampel withdraws from SGP 2016". SGP.
  3. ^ "2016 FIM Speedway World Championship calendar". SGP.
  4. ^ "2016 FIM Speedway World Championship standings". SGP.

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