MEET THE TEAMS | AUSTRALIA
SpeedwayOfNations.com builds up to the Monster Energy SON Finals with a guide to the teams for Togliatti. Today, we feature Australia.
16 / 07 / 2019, 12:45
SpeedwayOfNations.com builds up to this weekend’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Finals with a guide to the teams heading to Togliatti. Today, we feature Australia.
The Roos are searching for their first world team title since winning the 2002 FIM Speedway World Cup, and a side hitting form at just the right time will fancy their chances in Russia.
FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Jason Doyle steps back into the side in place of fellow former world champion Chris Holder, who helped fire Australia to second place and qualification at Race Off 2 in Manchester on May 11.
Doyle missed that round due to injury but has roared back into form and reached the ANLAS Czech SGP final in Prague on June 15, scoring 12 points as he finished fourth.
He’s currently eighth in the World Championship and with the points flowing for Torun in the PGE Ekstraliga, he’ll be keen to bring his Polish form to the Anatoly Stepanov Stadium.
JD will be partnered by 2016 World Under-21 champion Max Fricke – a man making a real move in the sport this year.
The SGP second reserve reached his first SGP semi-final in Prague, topping the heat scorechart on 12 points. He then went one better and roared into the Norrbil Swedish SGP final in Hallstavik with one of the rides of the season to go from last to first and win his semi-final.
Fricke has been in fine form across Europe, particularly as Belle Vue Aces skipper in the SGB Premiership and with Polish club Wroclaw.
He’s joined in Russia by Aces team mate Jaimon Lidsey; the Aussie Under-21 champion who serves as Australia’s junior star.
After making his European debut with Polish club Rawicz last year, he’s making rapid progress in the UK and rides in this year’s FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship series. He reached the semi-finals at round one in Lublin on June 22.
With the trio recording fifth place in 2018 – tying on 35 points with Denmark in fourth – they will be keen to build on last year’s result in Wroclaw and take Australia back on to the rostrum in Russia.
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