2008 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe

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Flag of Poland.svg 2008 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe
FIM BZ WBK BANK European Speedway Grand Prix
Information
Date10 May 2008
City Flag of Poland.svg Leszno
Event2 of 11 (102)
Referee Flag of Germany.svg Frank Ziegler
Jury President Flag of Denmark.svg Joergen L. Jensen
Stadium details
Stadium Alfred Smoczyk Stadium
Capacity25,000
Length330 m (360 yd)
Trackspeedway track
SGP Results
Attendance24,000
Best Time Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Gollob
59.44 secs (in Heat 4)
Gold medal icon.svg Winner Flag of Australia (converted).svg Leigh Adams
Silver medal icon.svg Runner-up Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock
Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd place Flag of Denmark.svg Greg Hancock

The 2008 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe was the second race of the 2008 Speedway Grand Prix season. It took place on May 10 in the Alfred Smoczyk Stadium in Leszno, Poland. [1] The main sponsor was the commercial bank Bank Zachodni WBK.

The 2008 Speedway Grand Prix season was the 14th season in the Speedway Grand Prix era used to determine the Speedway World Champion. It was the second under the promotion of IMG.

Alfred Smoczyk Stadium

Alfred Smoczyk Stadium is a stadium in Leszno, Poland. It is currently used speedway matches and is the home stadium of Unia Leszno. The stadium has a capacity of 15,000 people.

Leszno Place in Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Leszno(listen) is a town in western Poland with 64,197 inhabitants (2017) and is the seventh-largest settlement in the Greater Poland Voivodeship of which it is situated in the southern part of the since 1999. It was previously the capital of the Leszno Voivodeship (1975–1998). The town has county status.

Contents

The Grand Prind was won by Leigh Adams from Australia. It was the 7th Grand Prix win of his career. In the final, Adams beat American Greg Hancock and defending World Champion Danish Nicki Pedersen. [2]

Leigh Adams Australian speedway rider

Leigh Scott Adams is a retired Australian motorcycle speedway rider. He is a multiple Speedway Grand Prix winner and World Team Champion. He also won a record 10 Australian Solo Championships, four Australian Under-21 Championships, the 1992 Individual Speedway Junior World Championship, and was the 1986 Australian Under-16 Champion.

Australia national speedway team

Australia is one of the major teams in international motorcycle speedway with the country regarded as the birthplace of the sport in the 1920s. The current team is managed by former rider Mark Lemon, and captained by 2012 World Champion Chris Holder. Australia finished 3rd in the 2014 Speedway World Cup Final on 2 August in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

United States national speedway team

The United States national speedway team are an international speedway team from the United States who compete in the annual major international speedway competition, the Speedway World Cup. They are managed by Lance King, who finished third in the 1984 World Final and the current captain is triple and current (2014) World Champion Greg Hancock. The team is governed by the American Motorcyclist Association.

Riders

The Speedway Grand Prix Commission nominated Jarosław Hampel as wild card, and Damian Baliński and Krzysztof Buczkowski as track reserves. [3] The draw was made on April 29 at the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Headquarters in Mies, Switzerland. [4] Because of an injury, Bjarne Pedersen was replaced by Luboš Tomíček, Jr. [5] Adams, Kasprzak, Hampel and Baliński are all riding for Unia Leszno, whose home track is at the Alfred Smoczyk Stadium, in the 2008 season in Poland.

A wild card is a tournament or playoff berth awarded to an individual or team that fails to qualify in the normal way, for example by having a high ranking or winning a qualifying stage. In some events, wild cards are chosen freely by the organizers. Other events have fixed rules. Some North American professional sports leagues compare the records of teams which did not qualify directly by winning a division or conference.

Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme international sport governing body

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme is the global governing/sanctioning body of motorcycle racing. It represents 111 national motorcycle federations that are divided into six regional continental unions.

Mies Place in Vaud, Switzerland

Mies is a municipality in the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.

Bjarne Pedersen Danish speedway rider

Bjarne Aagaard Pedersen is an international motorcycle speedway rider who has represented Denmark in the Speedway World Cup, winning it on two occasions: in 2006 and 2008.

Heat details

PlacingDrawRiderTotal1234567891011121314151617181920PtsPos212223
19 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (2) Leigh Adams 202303311433
27 Flag of the United States.svg (6) Greg Hancock 203333214122
33 Flag of Denmark.svg (1) Nicki Pedersen 163213312321
48 Flag of Poland.svg (16) Jarosław Hampel 162233313230
516 Flag of Poland.svg (4) Tomasz Gollob 12333111151
614 Flag of Denmark.svg (12) Niels Kristian Iversen 1020223971
76 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (3) Jason Crump 80222288X
810 Flag of Sweden.svg (10) Andreas Jonsson 933102960
95 Flag of Sweden.svg (15) Fredrik Lindgren 71112279
1012 Flag of Denmark.svg (5) Hans N. Andersen 601311610
112 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (9) Chris Harris 621210611
1213 Flag of Poland.svg (7) Rune Holta 400220412
131 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg (19) Luboš Tomíček, Jr. 302001313
1411 Flag of Poland.svg (14) Krzysztof Kasprzak 310101314
154 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg (13) Lukáš Dryml 210010215
1615 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (8) Scott Nicholls 21100E4216
1717 Flag of Poland.svg (17) Damian Baliński --17
1818 Flag of Poland.svg (18) Krzysztof Buczkowski --18
PlacingDrawRiderTotal1234567891011121314151617181920PtsPos212223

e: retired or mechanical failure • m: exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t: exclusion for touching the tapes • x: other exclusion • f: fell
ns: non-starter • nc: non-classify
Semi-finals: Heat 21: Riders placed 1st, 4th, 6th & 7th in the intermediate classification (after 20 heats)
Heat 22: Riders placed 2nd, 3rd, 5th & 8th in the intermediate classification (after 20 heats)
Big Final (heat 23): The first and second placed riders in each of the Semi-Finals

gate A – insidegate Bgate Cgate D – outside

Heat after heat

  1. (60.91) Pedersen, Harris, Dryml, Tomicek
  2. (60.82) Hancock, Hampel, Lindgren, Crump
  3. (60.63) Jonsson, Adams, Kasprzak, Andersen
  4. (59.44) Gollob, Iversen, Nicholls, Holta
  5. (60.62) Adams, Tomicek, Lindgren, Holta
  6. (59.94) Jonsson, Crump, Harris, Iversen
  7. (60.10) Hancock, Pedersen, Nicholls, Kasprzak
  8. (60.09) Gollob, Hampel, Andersen, Dryml
  9. (60.47) Gollob, Crump, Kasprzak, Tomicek
  10. (60.85) Andersen, Harris, Lindgren, Nicholls
  11. (60.04) Hampel, Iversen, Pedersen, Adams
  12. (60.25) Hancock, Holta, Jonsson, Dryml
  13. (60.96) Hancock, Iversen, Andersen, Tomicek
  14. (60.38) Hampel, Holta, Harris, Kasprzak
  15. (60.45) Pedersen, Lindgren, Gollob, Jonsson
  16. (60.19) Adams, Crump, Dryml, Nicholls
  17. (60.28) Hampel, Jonsson, Tomicek, Nicholls (E4)
  18. (60.38) Adams, Hancock, Gollob, Harris
  19. (60.67) Pedersen, Crump, Andersen, Holta
  20. (61.14) Iversen, Lindgren, Kasprzak, Dryml
    Semi-Finals:
  21. (60.73) Adams, Hancock, Iversen, Jonsson
  22. (60.19) Hampel, Pedersen, Gollob, Crump (X)
    Pedersen crashes on final lap due to collision to Crump. Crump excluded. Heat was no-restarted.
    Final:
  23. (60.23) Adams (6), Hancock (4), Pedersen (2), Hampel (0)

The intermediate classification

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos.RiderPoints SVN
Flag of Slovenia.svg
EUR
Flag of Poland.svg
SWE
Flag of Sweden.svg
DEN
Flag of Denmark.svg
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
CZE
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
SCA
Flag of Sweden.svg
LAT
Flag of Latvia.svg
POL
Flag of Poland.svg
ITA
Flag of Italy.svg
FIN
Flag of Poland.svg
1 Flag of Denmark.svg (1) Nicki Pedersen 331716         
2 Flag of Poland.svg (4) Tomasz Gollob 311912         
3 Flag of the United States.svg (6) Greg Hancock 28820         
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (2) Leigh Adams 25520         
5 Flag of Sweden.svg (10) Andreas Jonsson 21129         
6 Flag of Denmark.svg (5) Hans N. Andersen 20146         
7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (3) Jason Crump 18108         
8 Flag of Denmark.svg (12) Niels Kristian Iversen 18810         
9 Flag of Poland.svg (16) Jarosław Hampel 1616         
10 Flag of Sweden.svg (15) Fredrik Lindgren 1477         
11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (9) Chris Harris 1266         
12 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg (13) Lukáš Dryml 1192         
13 Flag of Poland.svg (7) Rune Holta 954         
14 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (8) Scott Nicholls 972         
15 Flag of Poland.svg (14) Krzysztof Kasprzak 963         
16 Flag of Slovenia.svg (16) Matej Žagar 77         
17 Flag of Denmark.svg (11) Bjarne Pedersen 44         
18 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg (19) Luboš Tomíček, Jr. 33         
Rider(s) not classified
Flag of Slovenia.svg (17) Izak Šantej ns         
Flag of Poland.svg (17) Damian Baliński ns         
Flag of Slovenia.svg (18) Denis Štojs ns         
Flag of Poland.svg (18) Krzysztof Buczkowski ns         
Pos. RiderPoints SVN
Flag of Slovenia.svg
EUR
Flag of Poland.svg
SWE
Flag of Sweden.svg
DEN
Flag of Denmark.svg
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
CZE
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
SCA
Flag of Sweden.svg
LAT
Flag of Latvia.svg
POL
Flag of Poland.svg
ITA
Flag of Italy.svg
FIN
Flag of Poland.svg

See also

Speedway Grand Prix are a series of stand-alone motorcycle speedway events over the course of a season used to determine the Speedway World Champion.

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