|Team manager||Andrey Savin|
|Team captain||Denis Gizatullin|
Russia are an international speedway team who compete in the major international competition, the Speedway World Cup. They are managed by Andrey Savin and the current captain is Rybnik's Denis Gizatullin.
Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and North Asia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with about 146.77 million people as of 2019, excluding Crimea. About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country. Russia's capital, Moscow, is the largest metropolitan area in Europe proper and one of the largest cities in the world; other major cities include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod. Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait. However, Russia recognises two more countries that border it, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which are internationally recognized as parts of Georgia.
Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines which use only one gear and have no brakes; racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock. Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).
The Speedway World Cup was an annual speedway event held each year in different countries. The first edition of the competition in the current format was held in 2001 and replaced the old World Team Cup competition which was amalgamated with the World Pairs Championship. The last edition was in 2017. Since 2018, the World Cup has been replaced by the new Speedway of Nations, which effectively brings back the pairs format.
Denis Gizatullin is an international motorcycle speedway rider who is a captain of the Russian national team.
Grigory Laguta is a Russian-born Latvian motorcycle speedway rider. Laguta is current Individual Latvian Champion. He is a three-time Russian champion. In 2017 he was suspended for two years for a doping violation after having used meldonium.
Renat Zaytunovich Gafurov is a Russian motorcycle speedway rider who is a member of Russia national team. Gafurov won 2009 Individual European Championship.
Emil Damirovich Sayfutdinov is a Russian motorcycle speedway rider and member of the Russian national teams. He won the 2007 and 2008 Under-21 World Championship. He is a permanent rider of the 2017 Speedway Grand Prix.
Artem Grigoryevich Laguta is a Russian motorcycle speedway rider and member of the Russia national team.
The Russia national speedway team has never won the Speedway World Cup although have been runner up on 5 occasions as the Soviet Union and once as Russia. They have never been a major force but are consistent qualifiers for the group stage.
The following table shows their best recent performance in 1996 when the tournament was run with pairs rather than teams.
|Year||Venue||Standings (Pts)||Russia Riders and Pts|
| 1. |
+1,2... - bonus points gained by finishing behind teammate
+1j,+2j... - extra points gained in joker ride
|2005||-||-||3rd place in Qualifying Round 3|
|2006||-||-||3rd place in Qualifying Round 2|
|2007||-||-||4th place in Qualifying Round 1|
|2008||-||-||4th place in Qualifying Round 1|
Valery Gordeev is a former Soviet international speedway rider who reached the finals of the Speedway World Championship five times. His older brother Vladimir Gordeev is also a former rider who qualified for the World Final on three occasions and was sensationally disqualified in 1971 for using illegal fuel additives.
Vladimir Gordeev is a former Soviet international speedway rider who reached the finals of the Speedway World Championship three times but was disqualified in 1971 for using illegal fuel additives. His younger brother Valery Gordeev is also a former rider who reached the World Final on five occasions.
The most popular sport in Russia is football. According to Yandex search analysis results rating of the most popular sports among Russians: "Football topped the list of the most popular sports in Russia" with 5 to 10 million requests. Ice hockey came in second with handball, basketball, boxing, auto racing, volleyball, athletics, tennis and chess rounding out the top ten rankings. Other popular sports include bandy, biathlon, figure skating, weightlifting, gymnastics, wrestling, martial arts, rugby union, and skiing.
Lukáš Dryml is an international speedway rider who represented the Czech Republic speedway team in the Speedway World Cup. He is a former World U-21 and European U-19 Champion. His father Aleš Sr. was also a Czech international rider.
Viktor Ivanovich Trofimov is a former Soviet international speedway rider who reached the final of the Speedway World Championship in 1972 and 1975. He also finished on the rostrum of the World Team Cup nine times between 1965 and 1976 but never won a gold medal. He achieved four silver and three bronze medals. In the speedway team championship of the USSR he rode for 18 years for the team, "Raduga" (Rovno) and won two bronze medals. First race - April 30, 1960; retirement - October 15, 1995. He was born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR. In September 2011, a book was published about the sports career of Viktor Trofimov titled English "RADUGA" Viktor Trofimov.
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The 2011 Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain, also known as the 2011 FIM Doodson British Speedway Grand Prix for sponsorship reasons, was the fifth race of the 2011 Speedway Grand Prix season. It took place on 25 June at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Great Britain.
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