Speedway of Nations 2022 Semi-Final 2 as it happened - Sweden, Czech Republic and Great Britain advance
Live coverage and updates from the second Speedway of Nations 2022 Semi-Final from Vojens Speedway Centre in Denmark. After a thrilling first semi-final 24 hours earlier, it's now the turn of defending champions Great Britian to take to the track as they face off against Sweden, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and late replacements Norway.
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Final Qualifier Heat - Woffinden, Berge, Bewley, Bellego
And it's Great Britain who is through to the final. The gate choice proved to be a bad one for France and Great Britain are able to run away with first and second. Cool as a cucumber from Woffinden and Bewley.
Gate choice for the Final Qualifier
France go with white for Berge and yellow for Bellego, a surprise from France. Great Britain go with Woffinden off the red gate and Bewley on the blue.
Standings after 21 Heats
Sweden and Czech Republic are automatically through to the final, leaving Great Britain and France to battle in the Final Qualifier.
1 - Sweden 35 pts
2 - Czech Republic 34 pts
3 - France 32 pts
4 - Great Britain 31 pts
5 - Slovenia 22 pts
6 - Norway 18 pts
7 - Italy 17pts
HEAT 21 - Fredriksen, Lindgren, Sola, Berntzon
Sweden just needed the five points to get automatically through to the final and they do it with ease with seven points. Berntzon fly's out of the gate with Lindgren behind him. Sola takes the two points for Norway.
HEAT 20 - Castagna, Berge, Tessari, Bellego
And France have taken seven points to leapfrog Great Britain, sending them to the Final Qualifier! Berge claimed the win with Castagna coming third and scoring all of Italy's point on the night, great effort.
HEAT 19 - Woffinden, Ivacic, Bewley, Grmek
Ivacic tried to spoil Great Britain's night but after Woffinden passed him on Lap 3, Bewley was able to sneak past in second. Full seven points for GB. Two points for Slovenia.
HEAT 18 - Lindgren, Milik, Berntzon, Kvech
Sweden brought the pressure to Czech Republic, taking six points from this Heat. Berntzon claimed the win. Milik and Lindgren battled to the line with Milik taking the second place. Looks as if we already have one team through to the final in Czech Republic.
Standings after 17 Heats
Sweden are the only team a Heat down so they still have time to steal second. France have taken the jump on Great Britain after Lamberts mistake. Could that haunt GB?
1 - Czech Republic 31 pts
2 - France 25 pts
3 - Great Britain 24 pts
4 - Sweden 22 pts
5 - Slovenia 20 pts
6 - Norway 16 pts
7 - Italy 15 pts
HEAT 17 - Berge, Ivacic, Bellego, Skorja
Berge wanted the win and worked hard for it. Bellego battled Ivavic to take second. Ivacic comes in third with Skorja not finishing the race. Great seven points for France.
HEAT 16 - Fredriksen, Woffinden, Sola, Lambert
Lambert is excluded!! In a Heat which Great Britain could have got seven points, Woffinden is left on his own after Lambert touches the tapes. Woffinden is able to seal the win for GB but what a missed opportunity. Norway claim five points.
HEAT 15 - Milik, Castagna, Kvech, Tessari
Castagna is having a great night for Italy. He managed to hold on to first for two laps but Kvech got him in the end. Milik comes second with Tessari still pointless.
HEAT 14 - Ivacic, Lindgren, Skorja, Berntzon
Sweden needed a good haul of points and they took it. Lindgren was on fire with Berntzon following him in second. Ivacic has been consistent all night but could only get third with Skorja last.
HEAT 13 - Berge, Moi, Bellego, Fredriksen
Big Heat for France and they tae full advantage of it. Berge charges off to the win with Bellego following him for second, giving the side seven points. Fredriksen takes two points for Norway with Moi the man walking away empty handed.
Standings after 12 Heats
Czech Republic and Great Britain lead the way but they've both raced an additional Heat. Slovenia and Sweden can easily sneak up on GB.
1 - Czech Republic 25 pts
2 - Great Britain 20 pts
3 - Slovenia 16 pts
4 - Sweden 15 pts
5 - Italy 12 pts
6 - France 11 pts
7 - Norway 9pts
HEAT 12 - Woffinden, Castagna, Bewley, Tessari
Great Britain take their first full points haul of the night and their night is looking like it's on the up. Woffinden storms out of the gate with Bewley following him. Castagna takes two points for Italy with Tessari still pointless on the night.
HEAT 11 - Moi, Milik, Sola, Kvech
The underdogs of the Czech Republic are smashing it! Moi comes off his bike on the second lap but the race continues with Milik and Kvech earning Czech Republic seven points. Sola takes two for Norway.
HEAT 10 - Castagna, Ivacic, Tessari, Grmek
Castagna and Ivacic battled for the win with the Italian becoming the victor. He's had a strong opening three Heats after Tessari's issues. Ivacic and Grmek take five points with Tessari coming last.
HEAT 9 - Lindgren, Woffinden, Berntzon, Lambert
A cracking start from Woffinden sends him to Great Britain's first win of the night. Berntzon takes second and Lambert in third giving GB six points, their strongest Heat so far. Just three points for Sweden.
Standings after eight Heats
Czech Republic are still out in front, racing in one addition Heat. Great Britain still have work to do, sitting in fifth. Sweden are second and are looking strong to go through.
1 - Czech Republic 18 pts
2 - Sweden 12 pts
3 - Slovenia 11 pts
4 - France 11 pts
5 - Great Britain 7 pts
6 - Norway 7 pts
7 - Italy 6 pts
HEAT 8 - Milik, Berge, Kvech, Bellego
Despite a mess start from the group, the Heat continues. Milik charges away out at front with his team mate Kvech in third. Berge takes three points for France and had to slam the door shut on Kvech late in Lap 4.
HEAT 7 - Ivacic, Moi, Skorja, Sola
Slovenia take seven points in Heat 7 with Ivacic claiming the win. Sola battled for second but had to settle for third, giving Norway two points.
HEAT 6 - Lindgren, Castagna, Berntzon, Tessari
Tessari has found himself in trouble yet again! He jumps the tape and is excluded for a second time. Berntzon and Lindgren take advantage and claim seven points in the Heat. Castagna takes home two for Italy.
HEAT 5 - Woffinden, Berge, Lambert, Bellego
Woffinden fly's out of the gates but Bellego is there to steal the win and leave Great Britain with another upset. Woffinden and Lambert take the Heat advantage with five points for GB and Berge crossing the line pointless.
Standings after four heats
Czech Republic are flying while Great Britain are failing. The Czech Republic have competed in one more Heat but are looking pretty on top.
1 - Czech Republic 12 pts
2 - Sweden 5 pts
3 - Norway 5 pts
4 - France 4 pts
5 - Slovenia 4 pts
6 - Italy 4 pts
7 - Great Britain 2 pts
HEAT 4 - Ivacic, Milik, Skorja, Kvech
Ivacic claims four points with his win for Slovenia. Kvech and Milik take five points putting Czech Republic in a strong position on top of the standings.
HEAT 3 - Castagna, Fredriksen, Tessari, Sola
The race is suspended after Tessari and Fredriksen collided and we have to say goodbye to Tessari after being the man at fault. The three riders restart with Castagna flying out of the gate, salvaging as much as he can for Italy in this Heat. Fredriksen claims second with Sola taking the final two points for Norway, giving them the Heat advantage.
HEAT 2 - Berge, Lindgren, Bellego, Berntzon
France take their first win of the night with Berge. Lindgren and Berntzon get the Heat advantage after claiming second and third. No points for Bellego.
HEAT 1 - Milik, Woffinden, Kvech, Lambert
Great Britain have a poor start to their night. Milik and Kvech claim seven point for the Czech republic. Lambert was able to salvage two for Great Britain with Woffinden coming last.
Action coming up
The teams are being showcased, ready for the action to kick-off in just over five minutes.
Who to watch?
Great Britain are fielding the trio of Tai Woffinden, Robert Lambert and Dan Bewley. Each three have been performing well in this year's Speedway Grand Prix and wi.ll be one of the favourites to make the final. Sweden are also strong contenders with their group of Fredrik Lindgren, Oliver Berntzon and Victor Palovaara
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Catch the highlights of last nights action before tonight unfolds.
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NORWAY TO REPLACE SLOVAKIA IN SEMI-FINAL 2 FOLLOWING MARTIN VACULIK SHOULDER INJURY
Slovakia will be replaced by Norway at the 2022 Speedway of Nations after an injury to Martin Vaculik.
The Speedway GP rider suffered a fractured left shoulder blade in a meeting for his club Stal Gorzow in the PGE Ekstraliga just days before he was set to lead his country out in Vojens, Denmark.
France, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and Great Britain will all compete against each other to grab the final three spots in the Grand Final.
Hello and welcome
We're now on to night two of 2022's Speedway of Nations. Tonight, we have Great Britain in action, who will be hoping to join Poland, Australia, Finland and Denmark in Saturday nights final.
Great Britain's 2021 triumph on home soil
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Poland, Finland, Australia into Speedway of Nations final after thrilling first semi in Vojens
Finland, Australia and Poland will be joining hosts Denmark in Saturday evening's Speedway of Nations Final.
Finland gave it their all on the night and were able to claim one of the automatic spots, but the night belonged to Australia.
The trio of Jack Holder, Max Fricke and Jason Doyle didn’t have the strongest of starts but they battled towards the end of the heats to claim the most points on the night with 35 and topped the first semi-final standings.
Finland were not too far behind with 34 points. Timo Lahti and Timi Salonen left everything out on track, and it was highly rewarding for the underdogs.
The biggest surprise of the evening was Poland not finishing in the top two to qualify automatically, forcing them to have one final battle with Germany. However, when it counted, Poland brought their A game to become the third team through on the night.
The group of Bartosz Zmarzlik, Patryk Dudek and Maciej Janowski will want to forget what happened, but they have their ticket to Saturday and will still be one of the favourites to win.
Eminating from the Vojens Speedway Centre in Denmark, 15 nations will battle it out for the Speedway of Nations title.
Seven nations will compete in each semi-final, each one taking on another across a total of 21 heats.
Each heat will feature two nations going head-to-head with two riders from each team allocated to either gates one and three or two and four.
Scoring will see first place take four points, second place three points, third place two and zero points for last place.
Failure to finish or being disqualified will also result in no points.
The two countries with the most points at the end of the 21 semi-final heats in each qualify for the final.
The third and fourth place teams then go into a final qualifier to determine who else goes into the final.
The three teams from each semi-final then progress to the final where they are joined by hosts Denmark.
Again after 21 heats, the highest-scoring nation advances to the Grand Final where they will be joined by either the second or third place side - who face off in a Grand Final qualifier - to determine this year’s world champions.
Full line up:
Denmark, Great Britain, Poland, Australia, France, Latvia, Sweden, USA, Germany, Norway, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Finland, Slovenia, Italy.
Semi-final 1: Wednesday 27 July – Poland, Latvia, Australia, Germany, USA, Finland, Ukraine.
Semi-final 2: Thursday 28 July – Great Britain, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Norway.
Final: Saturday 30 July – Denmark, plus top three from each semi-final.
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