2014 Speedway Grand Prix

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2014 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
DatesApril 5 — October 11
Events12
Riders15 permanents
1 wild card(s)
2 track reserves
Heats276 (in 12 events)
Winners
ChampionFlag of the United States.svg  USA Greg Hancock
Runner-upFlag of Poland.svg  POL Krzysztof Kasprzak
3rd placeFlag of Denmark.svg  DEN Nicki Pedersen

The 2014 Speedway Grand Prix season was the 69th edition of the official World Championship [1] [2] and the 20th season of the Speedway Grand Prix era, deciding the FIM Speedway World Championship. It was the fourteenth series under the promotion of Benfield Sports International, an IMG company. Tai Woffinden was the defending champion from 2013.

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1997 and 2011 world champion Greg Hancock won a third world title, after taking top-five placings in all but one race he contested, including a victory at the British round, in Cardiff. Hancock won the title by eight points ahead of Krzysztof Kasprzak, who was the season's most frequent winner, with three victories. Third place in the championship was decided in a run-off at the final round of the season at Torún in Poland. Three-time world champion Nicki Pedersen and defending champion Woffinden – a winner in back-to-back events in Prague and Målilla, Sweden – finished tied on points, but Pedersen clinched the position after beating Woffinden in the run-off.

Aside from Hancock, Kasprzak and Woffinden, six other riders won rounds during the season. Martin Smolinski was the winner of the opening race in Auckland, New Zealand; it was his first victory in the series. Like Smolinski, Slovenia's Matej Žagar was a first-time winner in the Finnish round at Tampere, en route to a fifth-place finish in the championship. Niels Kristian Iversen and Jarosław Hampel, who finished third and second behind Woffinden in 2013, each won races; Iversen won in Copenhagen while Hampel triumphed at Stockholm. Other winners were Andreas Jonsson in Vojens, Denmark and Bartosz Zmarzlik, who won on a wildcard appearance, on home soil, at Gorzów Wielkopolski.

Qualification

For the 2014 season there were 15 permanent riders, joined at each Grand Prix by one wild card and two track reserves.

The top eight riders from the 2013 championship qualified automatically. In March 2014, before the start of the season, Emil Sayfutdinov  – who finished sixth in 2013 – elected not to compete in 2014 series, because he has failed to recover from serious injuries sustained the previous season. He was replaced by second substitute Troy Batchelor. [3] Those riders were joined by three riders who qualified via the Grand Prix Challenge. Since the winner of the Grand Prix Challenge, Niels Kristian Iversen, had already qualified following his third position in the 2013 championship, fourth-placed Martin Smolinski qualified.

The final four riders were nominated by series promoters, Benfield Sports International, following the completion of the 2013 season. [4] Early in October 2013, former world champion Tomasz Gollob accepted a nomination for the series, but later withdrew from the competition due to unforeseen developments in his sponsorship program. He was replaced by first substitute Chris Harris. [5]

Qualified riders

#Riders 2013 placeGP Ch placeAppearancePrevious appearances in series
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tai Woffinden 13rd2010, 2011, 2013
33 Flag of Poland.svg Jarosław Hampel 29th2000–2002, 2004–2007, 2008–2009, 2010–2013
88 Flag of Denmark.svg Niels Kristian Iversen 314th2004–2005, 2006, 2008, 2009–2010, 2013
45 Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock 420th1995–2013
5 Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen 514th2000, 2001–2013
55 Flag of Slovenia.svg Matej Žagar 74th2003–2005, 2006–2007, 2008–2009, 2011, 2013
43 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darcy Ward 82nd2011, 2013
507 Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak 1023rd2004–2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
66 Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Lindgren 117th2004, 2006–2007, 2008–2013
23 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Holder 125th2010–2013
100 Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Jonsson 1313th2001, 2002–2013
91 Flag of Denmark.svg Kenneth Bjerre 35th2004–2008, 2009–2012
84 Flag of Germany.svg Martin Smolinski 41st2008
37 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Harris 2057th2003, 2007–2012, 2013
75 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Troy Batchelor 61st2013

Qualified substitute

The following rider qualified as a substitute due to their result in the Grand Prix Challenge. [4]

#Riders 2013 placeGP Ch place
19 Flag of Denmark.svg (19) Michael Jepsen Jensen 217

Calendar

The 2014 season consisted of 12 events, just like 2013.

RoundDateCity and venueWinnerRunner-up3rd placed4th placedResults
1April 5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland , New Zealand
Western Springs Stadium
Flag of Germany.svg Martin Smolinski Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Lindgren results
2April 26 Flag of Poland.svg Bydgoszcz, Poland
Polonia Stadium
Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darcy Ward Flag of Poland.svg Jarosław Hampel Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock results
3May 17 Flag of Finland.svg Tampere , Finland
Tampere Stadium
Flag of Slovenia.svg Matej Žagar Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tai Woffinden Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Lindgren Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock results
4May 31 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague , Czech Republic
Markéta Stadium
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tai Woffinden Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock Flag of Slovenia.svg Matej Žagar Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen results
5June 14 Flag of Sweden.svg Målilla , Sweden
G&B Stadium
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tai Woffinden Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Holder Flag of Poland.svg Jarosław Hampel results
6June 28 Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen , Denmark
Parken Stadium
Flag of Denmark.svg Niels Kristian Iversen Flag of Australia (converted).svg Troy Batchelor Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock Flag of Denmark.svg Peter Kildemand results
7July 12 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cardiff , Great Britain
Millennium Stadium
Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tai Woffinden Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darcy Ward Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak results
8August 17 Flag of Latvia.svg Daugavpils, Latvia
Latvijas Spīdveja Centrs
Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock Flag of Denmark.svg Kenneth Bjerre results
9August 30 Flag of Poland.svg Gorzów Wielkopolski , Poland
Jancarz Stadium
Flag of Poland.svg Bartosz Zmarzlik Flag of Slovenia.svg Matej Žagar Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak Flag of Denmark.svg Michael Jepsen Jensen results
10September 13 Flag of Denmark.svg Vojens , Denmark
Speedway Center
Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Jonsson Flag of Denmark.svg Peter Kildemand Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak Flag of Australia (converted).svg Troy Batchelor results
11September 27 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm , Sweden
Friends Arena
Flag of Poland.svg Jarosław Hampel Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Holder results
12October 11 Flag of Poland.svg Toruń , Poland
Rose Motoarena
Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kasprzak Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Jonsson Flag of Poland.svg Jarosław Hampel Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen results

Classification

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos.RiderPoints NZL
Flag of New Zealand.svg
EUR
Flag of Poland.svg
FIN
Flag of Finland.svg
CZE
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
SWE
Flag of Sweden.svg
DEN
Flag of Denmark.svg
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
LAT
Flag of Latvia.svg
POL
Flag of Poland.svg
NOR
Flag of Denmark.svg
SCA
Flag of Sweden.svg
PL2
Flag of Poland.svg
Gold medal icon.svg Flag of the United States.svg (45) Greg Hancock 14061612121611141691513
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Poland.svg (507) Krzysztof Kasprzak 1321718707101716121117
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Denmark.svg (5) Nicki Pedersen 121195101011581878614
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (1) Tai Woffinden 121751618179188779
5 Flag of Slovenia.svg (55) Matej Žagar 11466151610769166125
6 Flag of Sweden.svg (100) Andreas Jonsson 1037107746864151217
7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (23) Chris Holder 1001111108156910137
8 Flag of Poland.svg (33) Jarosław Hampel 9881472131054032111
9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (75) Troy Batchelor 91441035203891366
10 Flag of Sweden.svg (66) Fredrik Lindgren 90135128541066993
11 Flag of Denmark.svg (88) Niels Kristian Iversen 8761061311161276
12 Flag of Germany.svg (84) Martin Smolinski 811579635865674
13 Flag of Denmark.svg (91) Kenneth Bjerre 7911434103411101018
14 Flag of Australia (converted).svg (43) Darcy Ward 755168166915
15 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (37) Chris Harris 48024653636544
16 Flag of Denmark.svg (19) Michael Jepsen Jensen 42891474
17 Flag of Denmark.svg (16) Peter Kildemand 331518
18 Flag of Poland.svg (16) Bartosz Zmarzlik 1717
19 Flag of Poland.svg (16) Adrian Miedziński 1459
20 Flag of Latvia.svg (17) Kjasts Puodžuks 1010
21 Flag of Sweden.svg (16) Thomas H. Jonasson 77
22 Flag of Sweden.svg (16) Peter Ljung 77
23 Flag of Denmark.svg (18) Mikkel B. Jensen 77
24 Flag of Poland.svg (20) Maciej Janowski 77
25 Flag of Finland.svg (16) Joonas Kylmäkorpi 55
26 Flag of Finland.svg (17) Kauko Nieminen 44
27 Flag of Poland.svg (17) Pawel Przedpelski 44
28 Flag of Latvia.svg (16) Andžejs Ļebedevs 33
29 Flag of Sweden.svg (20) Kim Nilsson 33
30 Flag of New Zealand.svg (16) Jason Bunyan 22
31 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg (16) Craig Cook 22
32 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg (16) Vaclav Milik 22
33 Flag of Poland.svg (17) Adrian Cyfer 22
34 Flag of Poland.svg (18) Lukasz Kaczmarek 22
35 Flag of Denmark.svg (18) Lasse Bjerre 11
Pos. RiderPoints NZL
Flag of New Zealand.svg
EUR
Flag of Poland.svg
FIN
Flag of Finland.svg
CZE
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
SWE
Flag of Sweden.svg
DEN
Flag of Denmark.svg
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
LAT
Flag of Latvia.svg
POL
Flag of Poland.svg
NOR
Flag of Denmark.svg
SCA
Flag of Sweden.svg
PL2
Flag of Poland.svg

See also

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