Great Britain launch their bid for World Championship pairs glory at Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations (SON) Race Off 2 in Manchester on May 11.
The Lions finished second in last year’s Monster Energy SON, narrowly missing out on their first world team title since 1989 in a tense final showdown with Russia at Wroclaw’s Olympic Stadium.
But they will be determined to go one better as they start their campaign at the National Speedway Stadium, where the top two and the final knock-out race winner qualify for the Finals at Russian track Togliatti on July 20 and 21.
BSI Speedway managing director Torben Olsen said: “It’s fantastic to be bringing this event back to one of the world’s finest race tracks.
“The National Speedway Stadium has rapidly established a reputation for great racing since it opened in 2016, and this is one fans from all over the UK and beyond will not want to miss.
“Great Britain proved they are real contenders for the world title in last year’s Monster Energy SON. But with six other countries battling for qualification in Manchester, it’s going to be an exciting night.”
CEO of Belle Vue Speedway, Adrian Smith, said: “As a club, we’re delighted to welcome back such a distinguished event as the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations to Manchester for a second consecutive year.
“We have commented many times in the past on the world-class potential of the National Speedway Stadium, and it made clear its appeal to the organisers and the riders during last year’s competition.
“I am confident that the level of racing and the intensity of the competition will produce for us another truly exciting night of racing, not just for supporters of Belle Vue, but for fans nationwide.
“We would like to extend our thanks to Manchester City Council for their continuing support of Belle Vue Speedway and their backing throughout our discussions with BSI Speedway to bring this event to the city.”
Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture, leisure and schools, said: “The National Speedway Stadium at Belle Vue is renowned for being one of the best tracks in the world and it’s fitting then that Manchester is hosting some of the best riders in the world.
“We expect some incredible races as we welcome the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations event in May next year.”
The full line-up of nations for Race Off 2 will be announced in due course, along with the venue and teams for Race Off 1 on May 4.
Tickets for Monster Energy SON Race Off 2 in Manchester will be available very soon.