FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX 2023: CALENDAR AND SCHEDULE FOR THE 100TH SEASON AS THE WORLD CUP RETURNS
FIM Speedway World Cup Grand Prix 2023
A century after the inaugural FIM Speedway World Cup race, the schedule for the 2023 FIM Speedway World Championship has been published. The season will begin on April 29 in Croatia, followed by excursions to the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Poland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Latvia (to be confirmed), and the season finale in Torun. The reigning champion is Bartosz Zmarzlik.
The schedule for the 2023 FIM Speedway World Cup Grand Prix has been revealed, with sites in eight different nations hosting FIM Speedway World Cup Championships action in the sport’s 100th season. A century after the inaugural speedway race in 1923, the sport’s current heroes will celebrate with another thrilling year of 500cc, no-brakes, wheel-to-wheel racing on the most iconic venues.
The Speedway GP schedule now includes nine of the 2022 locations, while Wroclaw’s magnificent Olympic Stadium makes history once again by hosting the much-anticipated return of the FIM Speedway World Cup from July 25-29, 2023.
It’s the first time the FIM Speedway World Cup has been held since 2017 and the first time all four events have been held in the same location as part of Discovery Sports Events’ aim to resurrect the popular tournament and establish the ultimate festival of team racing – presented every three seasons.
The Latvian capital Riga is slated to host the nation’s first SGP race since 2017 on Saturday, August 12, subject to final agreement with the local organizer. Latvia’s excellent Under-21 squad competes for FIM Speedway World Cup of Nations – SON2 gold on Friday, August 11, as part of a massive double-header at the city’s racing mecca Bikernieki at the FIM Speedway World Cup, when the sport’s top seven U21 teams fight for the FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship.
The SGP season kicks off on April 29 with the FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec, 12 months after Speedway Stadion Milenium made an amazing return to the calendar after a 10-year hiatus with the inaugural race of the DSE era.
On May 13, the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw will be held at Warsaw’s legendary PGE Narodowy, where over 50,000 devoted spectators saw the sport’s elite riders go wheel to wheel earlier this year.
Marketa Stadium in Prague will host another double-header of action in 2023 at the FIM Speedway World Cup, with the record-breaking 29th FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic – Prague taking place on Saturday, June 3.
The FIM SGP2 of Czech Republic will also take place on Friday, June 2 as the 2023 FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship gets begin.
On June 10, only seven days after the events in Prague, the FIM Speedway GP of Germany – Teterow attracts thousands of spectators to the historic Bergring Arena.
The action then shifts to the Edward Jancarz Stadium on Saturday, June 24, for the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow, with spectators in Gorzow also getting a double dose of racing as the venue hosts the FIM SGP2 of Poland on Friday, June 23. The FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla returns to the Skrotfrag Arena on Saturday, July 15, for Sweden’s greatest racing weekend.
But that’s not all; on Friday, July 14, the sport’s finest U16 talents will also take to the Swedish woodland track for the FIM SGP3 Final – the FIM Speedway Youth World Championship raced on 250cc motorcycles, which gave one of the season’s best meetings in Wroclaw last summer.
The attention then shifts to team racing when the FIM Speedway World Cup returns to the schedule on July 25-29 in Wroclaw, Poland, to defend the Ove Fundin Trophy, which they won in Leszno in 2017.
The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26, with the winners representing Poland in the FIM SWC Final on Saturday, July 29. On Friday, July 28, the second and third-placed countries in each semi-final compete in the FIM SWC Race Off, with the winners completing the final four.
The first-ever FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Latvia – Riga is scheduled on Saturday, August 12 – barely 24 hours after the SON2 race at Bikernieki on Friday, August 11. The tournament takes place six years after the Lokomotiv Stadium in Daugavpils previously hosted a Latvian round in 2017. The FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain. Cardiff returns to the legendary Principality Stadium on Saturday, September 2, when the venue hosts its 20th Speedway GP event in 2022.
On Saturday, September 16, racing moves to the iconic Vojens Speedway Center for the FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens. The 2023 FIM Speedway World Cup Under-21 world champion will also be crowned on Friday, September 15, when the title-deciding FIM SGP2 of Denmark concludes the campaign for juvenile speedway’s highest reward. The season concludes on September 30 with the always-exciting FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Torun, where the 2023 Speedway GP world champion will be crowned in a crowded Marian Rose Motoarena.
FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP GRAND PRIX CALENDAR 2023
|1||FIM Speedway GP of Croatia||Donji Kraljevec||April 29|
|2||FIM Speedway GP of Poland||Warsaw||May 13|
|3||FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic||Prague||June 3|
|4||FIM Speedway GP of Germany||Teterow||June 10|
|5||FIM Speedway GP of Poland||Gorzow||June 24|
|6||FIM Speedway GP of Sweden||Malilla||July 15|
|7*||FIM Speedway GP of Latvia *||Riga*||August 12*|
|8||FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain||Cardiff||September 2|
|9||FIM Speedway GP of Denmark||Vojens||September 16|
|10||FIM Speedway GP of Poland||Torun||September 13|
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