Let’s start the fight for the European Champion title!

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It’s time to determine the best riders in Europe! The SEC 2021 series will begin in Bydgoszcz. Last season we saw one of the best competitions of the year on this track. The plan is simple – to repeat such a great show! But the excellent lineup, packed with Europe’s best riders is guarantee to make it possible.

Originally the inauguration of SEC 2021 was planned for Saturday, June 12th, however, the organizers were forced to postpone the competition due to weather conditions. We believe, this time sport will be the main factor of the competition in Bydgoszcz. There is a lot to look forward to!

Patryk Dudek, Nicki Pedersen, Robert Lambert, Leon Madsen and many others – the cast of this year's SEC series looks great. The title is defended by the Brit, who would love to stand on the top step of the podium again. The hosts will count on the local hero - Vadim Tarasenko, to whom the organizers have awarded a "wild card". The Russian will surely benefit from the support of his enthusiastic fans. Unfortunately, an injury eliminated the second favorite of the local audience, David Bellego. He will be replaced by Jacob Thorssell.

In 2020, the tournament at the stadium of Polonia Bydgoszcz was really cosmic. Only skilled statisticians are able to count, how many passings there were on the track. The riders fought for every point from the first run to the last centimeters of the final round. No wonder. After all, the surface on the track favors aggressive manoeuvers, passings close to the bends and carrying out epic attacks.

Last season Leon Madsen won the round in Bydgoszcz. Admittedly, he had to break into the decisive race through a last-chance run but at the end of the competition he was flawless. Mikkel Michelsen, Grigorij Laguta and Emil Sayfutdinov took part in the final run behind the Dane. The latter was granted a “wild card” and did not disappoint, but he didn’t find his place on the podium.

Both riders from Denmark will be present again. Of course, Madsen and Michelsen are among the favourites. Who will try to thwart them? For sure, they’ll have to be watchful of Patryk Dudek. The 2017 World Champion runner-up got his promotion though the challenge tournament in Pardubice and speedway experts give him a good chance of success. There are also great Brits Daniel Bewley and defending champion Robert Lambert, who show good results in the PGE Ekstraliga this year.

The round in Bydgoszcz is only the beginning of the road for SEC medals. This year, riders fighting for primacy in the “Old Continent” will meet again in Gustrow, Gdańsk and Rybnik. Last year – due to a raging coronavirus pandemic, the SEC cycle took place entirely in Poland. This season we added a location in Germany to the map. Who will maintain a stable form and will show the highest point score after the last round in Rybnik? One thing is for sure – you can’t miss this!

The General Partner of speedway Euro Championship is Lotto.

Tickets for the 1. Round of Speedway Euro Championship 2021 are available at www.bit.ly/SEC_Tickets_2021.

Starting list for Bydgoszcz:

1. Piotr Pawlicki (Poland)

2. Vadim Tarasenko (Russia)

3. Patrick Hansen (Denmark)

4. Patryk Dudek (Poland)

5. Mikkel Michelsen (Denmark)

6. Bartosz Smektała (Poland)

7. Leon Madsen (Denmark)

8. Nicki Pedersen (Denmark)

9. Jacob Thorssell (Sweden)

10. Robert Lambert (Great Britain)

11. Kai Huckenbeck (Germany)

12. Timo Lahti (Finland)

13. Vaclav Milik (Czech Rep.)

14. Andzejs Lebedevs (Latvia)

15. Sergey Logachev (Russia)

16. Daniel Bewley (Great Britain)

17. Mateusz Tonder (Poland)

18. Wiktor Przyjemski (Poland)

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Michelsen: Hard work pays off

Mikkel Michelsen became the Individual European Champion 2021. In Rybnik, cheered by the local audience, the Dane reached for his second career title.

Madsen: I will win the title again

By winning the SEC 2021 silver medal, Leon Madsen equalled Nicki Pedersen's achievement and reached for his fourth consecutive SEC medal. In Rybnik the Dane stood on the highest step of the podium, but in the general classification he lost two points to Mikkel Michelsen.

Dudek: It wasn’t easy

Patryk Dudek won the bronze medal of the 2021 European Speedway Championships. In Rybnik the Polish rider made up lost points and led to an extra heat in which he defeated Piotr Pawlicki.

Hansen: I learned a lot

Patrick Hansen finished on 12th position in the Speedway Euro Championship 2021. The Dane insists that competing against Europe's best riders is a good lesson for him for the future.

Bellego: I always want more

For David Bellego the competition in Rybnik was the first in this year's cycle of Speedway Euro Championship. Due to an injury, the Frenchman couldn’t take part in previous rounds, but during Saturday's competition he presented himself from a very good side.

Lambert: It's a pleasure to be part of the SEC

Last year's SEC winner Robert Lambert finished seventh in the general classification of this year's competition and that means did not secure his spot for the next year’s series. The Briton stresses that he has struggled since the beginning of the cycle.

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