"If it was not the injury that happened to me at the beginning of the season, I would probably be in a completely different place," says Jarosław Hampel, European runner-up 2018. The Pole is not in top form yet, but he believes that he will play equipment and will be able to fight for the top places in the SEC 2019 cycle.
David Bellego is making steady progress in his career. Although he only rides in Poland in the second league, he has been promoted to the SEC cycle, in which he will be the first Frenchman in history.
I am glad that the SEC is in Toruń. That’s my city. I do not conceal that it would be nice to repeat the result from 2015, when on Motoarena, riding with a wild card, I took the second place - says Paweł Przedpełski, who received from the organizers an invitation to the SEC 2019 cycle.
Anders Thomsen returns to the Speedway Euro Championship cycle after a two-year break. Dane got from the organizers a permanent wild card and try to prove that he deserved it. Before starting the competition, he signals the desire to fight for medal positions.
One of the most unpredictable competitors in this year's Speedway Euro Championship is Antonio Lindbaeck. The Swede has weaker moments, but he has repeatedly proved that he can afford to fight for a good result. A year ago he was close to the podium and now he would like to be in the top three.
During today's press conference, which took place at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, several organizational changes in the "life" of the cycle were presented. One thing is certain - this year's SEC will go down in history.
Once again, the Śląski Stadium, a legendary place for Polish speedway fans, will become an arena where the final of the Individual Speedway European Championship will take place. Once again, the TAURON SEC cycle will be organized with the support of the titular sponsor. On July 8, during a press conference, a sponsorship agreement was signed between the organizer of the competition - One Sport and TAURON company.
Leon Madsen has been the Individual Champion of Europe a year ago and will now join the SEC cycle with the hope of defending the champion's crown. The Dane took the lead in the general classification after the third round in Daugavpils, and then defended the advantage at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów and stood on the highest step of the podium. Just before the start of this year's struggle he talks about his memories and shares his honest thoughts. He also talks about the future and plans for the 2019 season.
Mikkel Michelsen begins the second year of starts in the Speedway Euro Championship series. A year ago the Dane was close to the podium, but eventually he had to settle for fourth place in the general classification. Now, he thinks first of all about the progress and making next steps on the road to speedway development. We talk about what happened in the 2018 season and how it affected the rider. We are discussing goals for this year's games, as well as ambitious plans in the context of a not too distant future.
Kevin Woelbert will race in Gustrow during the first round of Speedway Euro Championship 2019. Reserved riders are Tobias Busch and Lukas Baumann.
Before the final round of SEC 2016, the Dane finished ninth in the general classification and it seemed that he would not count in the fight, even for the promotion to the top five of the cycle. Completely new engine and incredibly effective driving made it Nicki Pedersen became the Individual Champion of Europe.
Individual Speedway Junior World Champion - Bartosz Smektała and Paweł Przedpełski received the last permanent wild cards for the Speedway Euro Championship 2019. First round is planned on July 13th in German Guestrow.