In the 10-year history of the Speedway Euro Championship, there have been five riders who have won at least one Individual World Championship title. Who were they and how did they do in the Individual European Championship?
The best of them is Nicki Pedersen. The three-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix gold medalist took part in 27 rounds of the Speedway Euro Championship, winning four medals: gold (2016), two silvers (2013, 2015) and a bronze (2014). In the all-time SEC points standings, he sits in third place with 269 points scored in 137 races.
The 2017 SEC silver medalist was Artem Laguta. The 2021 Individual World Champion won one round of the European Championship - the one held in Güstrow. In the championships of the Old Continent, Russian raced in 47 heats scoring 85 points.
Tomasz Gollob also competed in the struggle for the title of Individual European Champion. The 2012 SGP winner competed in 10 rounds of SEC. Three of them finished in the final race but never stood on the podium.
A permanent rider of the series in 2013 was Tai Woffinden. The 2013, 2015 and 2017 Individual World Champion took part in three rounds of the Speedway Euro Championship. The Briton rode in 16 races scoring 33 points. Woffinden is the fourth-most successful British rider by points scored in SEC history.
The series held in 2020 was unique. For the first time, and as of today, the series took place over the span of one month. Over the course of 25 days, the riders competed in five rounds, and in two of them Bartosz Zmarzlik started as a 'wild card'. The four-time Individual World Champion took part in the tournaments held in Toruń and Rybnik. During the first round he was close to advancing to the final, while in Silesia he took third place.