2019 FIM Speedway of Nations

Riders: Artem Laguta, Emil Sayfutdinov, Gleb Chugunov
Team manager: Andrei Savin




Russia enjoyed the perfect defence of the FIM Speedway of Nations title they won for the first time in Wroclaw last year, backing it up with a second straight success, although this time on home shale on a memorable weekend in Togliatti. Emil Sayfutdinov joined forces with Artem Laguta and U21 entry Gleb Chugunov to fly the Russian flag at the outstanding purpose-built Anatoly Stepanov Stadium in the first speedway World final ever staged in the country.  

The trio had to overcome a star-studded field that included the likes of World number two Bartosz Zmarzlik and Maciej Janowski of Poland, Australia’s 2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion Jason Doyle, Sweden’s World number three Fredrik Lindgren and Leon Madsen of Denmark. In all, seven of the World’s leading nations were represented, with Germany and Great Britain also taking part. 

Sayfutdinov was in top form for the Russians, scorching to seventeen points on Saturday and fourteen on Sunday, although it was not enough to deny Poland top spot on the overall score chart as they qualified automatically for the Grand Final on forty-seven. Russia faced Australia in the final qualifier and despite Doyle winning the race, second and third for Laguta and Sayfutdinov was enough to send them through due to their superior points tally in the heats. The Russians then out-trapped and defeated Poland in the grand final, with a 5-1 scoreline sparking euphoric scenes. 

Poland were forced to settle for silver, despite topping the scores over two days and Zmarzlik dropping just one point over twelve heats, whilst Australia secured the nation’s first medal in a World team event since 2014 with bronze.  


World Titles: 2018, 2019 

2018 FIM Speedway of Nations 

Riders: Artem Laguta, Emil Sayfutdinov, Gleb Chugunov
Team manager: Andrei Savin


Track racing history was made in June when the first ever FIM Speedway of Nations took place at three famous venues around Europe, as fifteen countries lined-up in the ultimate test of team riding. Germany, Denmark, Russia, Latvia, USA, Slovenia and the Ukraine competed in ‘Race Off 1’ in Teterow, Germany, with Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium staging ‘Race Off 2’ as Great Britain welcomed Australia, Sweden, Czech Republic, France, Italy and Finland. Three teams from each ‘Race Off’ would head to the Finals in Wroclaw to take on host nation Poland in a gold medal showdown at the Olympic Stadium.

With Germany, Russia and Denmark progressing from Teterow and Australia, Sweden and Great Britain making it through from Manchester, Poland boss Marek Cieslak picked a strong line-up of hometown hero Maciej Janowski and world number two Patryk Dudek to take them on in an epic final. However, it was the Lions who took the early advantage on the opening night, with Tai Woffinden blazing to an incredible 18-point maximum on his home track, while British Under-21 champion Robert Lambert’s terrific trapping earned him seven. With Poland in a disappointing sixth place and 10 points adrift, it was Russia that posed the biggest threat to the Brits going into the Grand Final, with Artem Laguta having top-scored on 17 to keep them within two points of the leaders.

Laguta was given strong back-up from team-mate Emil Sayfutdinov in the Grand Final, as the pair saw off Woffinden and Lambert respectively to make history with Russia’s first senior world title of any kind on the shale – individual or team. Meanwhile a resurgent Janowski and Dudek took the bronze medal for Poland.


2016 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Winners



Poland took the senior team world championship and the Ove Fundin trophy in an enthralling World Final at Manchester’s new National Speedway Stadium in July. For their Team Manager Marek Cieslak it was a record sixth World Cup win in the ten years that he has served as National Coach but it was by no means as easy as the final score would suggest.

Poland had qualified for the Final by winning the first round in Vojens and might have been relieved that holders Denmark were themselves eliminated in the Race Off meeting. Nevertheless, it was a brave and some would say ruthless decision of Cieslak to replace Grand Prix star and Polish captain Maciej Janowski with experienced Krzysztof Kasprzak in his team for Manchester.

As expected Australia, Sweden and Great Britain proved to be no meagre opponents and it was the Swedes who raced into an early lead scoring ten out of a possible twelve over the first four heats in their quest to retain the title they won in 2015. Poland were not deterred by this and gradually clawed back the deficit as the Swedes suddenly found points hard to score. They also saw off a determined challenge from the home team during the later heats and, fittingly, it was Kasprzak’s second place in heat 19 which sealed victory.

That spirited performance from Great Britain earned them the Silver Medal ahead of the Swedes in what was an emotional night for the home team.  

It is an interesting statistic that each member of the Polish team, Kasprzak, Janowski, Piotr Pawlicki, Patrik Dudek and Bartosz Zmarzlik has been an Under 21 World Champion.


Marek Cieslak


Piotr Pawlicki
Bartosz Zmarzlik
Krzysztof Kasprzak
Krystian Pieszczek
Patrick Dudek

Greg Hancock

2016 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion

Born on 3 June 1970, Whittier, California, USA


Almost two decades on from winning his first FIM Speedway World Championship back in 1997, Greg Hancock secured a remarkable fourth title in 2016 after injuries ruled Jason Doyle out of a final-round decider at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne in October. Whilst Doyle's misfortune at the penultimate round in Torun ruled out a dream finish to the season at his home Grand Prix, Hancock scripted a fairy tale of his own with another campaign of consistency, wrapping up the title in Australia with second overall behind event winner Niels-Kristian Iversen.

Reigning champion Tai Woffinden had to settle for a silver medal in 2016 after effectively surrendering the title with a poor performance in Torun, whilst the other big success story of the season was newcomer Bartosz Zmarzlik, who crowned his first Grand Prix series with a bronze medal.

Few could have predicted in 2011, when Hancock finally collected his second gold medal to become the oldest FIM Speedway World Champion in history, that he would do so on at least two further occasions. Now, at the age of 46, the man known as 'Grin' has a wider smile than ever.

Hancock has missed only one of the 202 Grands Prix since the Championship was relaunched in 1995.

He secured his first Speedway World Championship in Vojens, Denmark in 1997.


4 World Titles – 1997, 2011, 2014, 2016