The starting grids have been confirmed for the semi-finals of the 2024 FIM Speedway of Nations in Manchester on Tuesday and Wednesday. Fifteen nations will compete in the ultimate test of team riding at Britain’s National Speedway Stadium in a bid to be crowned the 2024 FIM Speedway World Team Champions.

GB’s grid will be selected after the two semi-finals, featuring Speedway GP stars Robert Lambert, Dan Bewley and the wounded Tai Woffinden named in their five-rider squad alongside FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff wild card Tom Brennan and former British champion Adam Ellis.

Fourteen countries will compete for six spots alongside Great Britain in the FIM SON final, with Poland to stand in line Semi-final 1 on Tuesday July 9thtaking on the 2022 bronze medalists Swedenformer finalists Finland, France, And Germanyof Italy And Ukraine to complete the line-up.

Champions Australia Join Semi-final 2 on Wednesday July 10thmeeting with bronze medalists from 2020 and 2021 Denmarkformer finalists Czech Republic And Latviaof US, Slovenia, And Norway also in action.

The top two nations from each semi-final will automatically join Great Britain in the FIM SON Final, with the third and fourth placed teams competing in a Final qualification for a final place in the battle on Saturday.

Each national team manager has designated a starting line-up of two riders: number 1 and number 2, with the possibility of appointing a reserve rider at number 3, who can replace riders number 1 and 2 at any time.

BARTEK BACK IN MANCHESTER

Four-time Speedway GP World Champion Bartosz Zmarzlik leads the Polish challenge in Manchester, and he is joined by SGP rival and Lublin clubmate Lejonen Dominik Kuberawith former world number 3 Maciej Janowski was assigned reserve seat number 3.

Zmarzlik and Janowski won FIM SON silver for Poland at the 2021 FIM SON Finals in Manchester, but this time they will be looking to do even better after losing the Grand Final 5-4 to British duo Lambert and Bewley.

The Swedish challenge is led by the world number 2 Frederik Lindgrenwith two-time Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell chosen to work with him. Olivier Berntzon is ranked No. 3 and will be looking to emulate his stunning 2022 FIM SON, where he scored 40 points in the semi-final and final in Sweden, making him the highest scoring rider from all 15 countries.

Germany will be represented by Speedway GP star Kai Huckenbeckand he will be accompanied by a young shooter Norick Blodorn, who regularly races for the Belle Vue Aces in Manchester and hopes to let his teammates benefit from his local knowledge. Twice FIM Long Track World Champion, Erik Riss is at number 3.

Finland reached the 2022 final in Vojens and Jesse Mustonen And Antti Vulas will show their colors in 2024, with Otta Raak mentioned at no. 3.

France qualified for the 2021 FIM SON Final in Manchester and David Bellego leads their challenge this summer, with Steven Goret to replace him in the absence of the injured Dimitri Berge. Mathias Tresarrieu is called their third reserve.

The Italian team with former FIM SGP Challenge finalists Paco Castagne And Nicolas Covattiwho both have extensive experience on British circuits, with Nicolas Vicentin named their No. 3.

Ukraine selects only two riders for the FIM SON, with Marko Levishyn And Stanislav Melnychuk represent them in Manchester.

2024 Speedway of Nations Semi-Final Line-ups
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2024 Speedway of Nations Semi-Final Line-ups

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REIGNING CHAMPIONS RETURN

Australian boss Highlight Lemon selects two of its 2022 FIM SON World Title winning heroes to defend the crown they won at Vojensof Jack holder And Max Fricke join forces again on Wednesday in the second semi-final, with Belle Vue rider and former Australian champion Brady Kurtz named at the #3 position.

European Champion Mikkel Michelsen captains Denmarkwith former Speedway GP rider Anders Thomsen together with him and the 2022 Danish champion Rasmus Jensen selected at no. 3 by national boss Nicki Pedersen.

After racing to fifth place in the FIM SON in 2022, Czech duo Vaclav Milik And Jan Kvech are back to push for the final qualification in Manchester, with a young talent Adam Bubba Bednar named their No. 3.

Lets bait and current Speedway European Championship leader Andzejs Lebedevs leads his country into action, with 2023 SON2 bronze medalist Daniels Kolodinskis named as no. 2 and SGP2 rider Franciscus Gusts listed as their #3.

American Boss Steve Evans nominates Broc Nicol And Gino Manzares as his starting pair, with FIM North America Champion Luke Becker offers a powerful backup option at #3.

Former SGP2 rider Anze Grmek And Matic Ivacic stand for Slovenia. Denis Stojs is ranked number 3 as their reserve.
Norway completes the semi-final 2 with SGP2 talent Mathias Pollestad captain of the side. He is accompanied by Truls Kamhaugas Glenn I takes the third position.
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2024 Speedway of Nations Semi-Final Line-ups

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2024 Speedway of Nations Semi-Final Line-ups

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FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS SEMI-FINAL STARTING GRIDS

SEMI-FINAL 1 – TUESDAY JULY 9

Team manager: Laurent Sambarrey

Team manager: Rafal Dobrücki

Team manager: Alessandro Dalla Valle

1. Stanislav Melnychuk ©

Team manager: Mathias Bartz

Team Manager: Morgan Andersson

Team manager: Aki-Pekka Mustonen

SEMI-FINAL 2 – WEDNESDAY JULY 10

Team manager: Ezven Erban

Team manager: Kenneth Klipper Smith

Team manager: Gregor Arnsek

Team manager: Steve Evans

Team manager: Nicki Pedersen

Team manager: Vladimir Ribnikov

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