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Images from the rearranged 2020 Speedway Grand Prix rounds from Wroclaw, Poland
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MONSTER ENERGY REVS UP FOR HUGE 2021 IN SPEEDWAY

Apr 022021

The 2021 Speedway season is around the corner and it’s set to be another incredible year, and Monster Energy is going to be at the forefront of the sport once again with some huge names added to our roster.

Just like every sport, 2020 challenged Speedway in a big way but we were still treated to an eight-round series of thrills and spills at GP level, with Polish shredder Bartek Zmarzlik clinching title #2 ahead of our man Tai Woffinden.

So, what of ’21?

For starters, the FIM Speedway Grand Prix Series presented by Monster Energy is back with 10 rounds spanning seven countries and running from May to October, with the opening round headed to Teterow, Germany on May 22.

We have seen some of our guys produce some awesome results over the years, from Chris Holder shocking the world to secure gold back in 2012 to Greg Hancock bringing his fourth championship home in 2016, it’s been a helluva ride so far and we are fired up for 2021 with some unbelievable talent joining the ranks.

The first man should need no introduction. He’s been dining at Speedway’s top table for over a decade, forging a reputation as one of the hardest-charging, most dedicated and exciting riders on the world scene, and like a fine wine, he’s getting better with age.

Swedish superstar Freddie Lindgren is a man on a mission, and he’s going to be rockin’ the M-claw this year as he joins Tai Woffinden in representing the brand in the Speedway GP series.

Freddie’s been pushing for the big medals for the last few seasons and he’s registered three consecutive top-four finishes, but you get the feeling there is still even more to come from the man with the most appropriate nickname in the sport; ‘Fast Freddie’.

Out of last year’s eight GP rounds, Freddie qualified for the grand final in six of them and he heads into 2021 fitter, stronger, faster and more determined than he’s ever been.

Next up is a young man with a huge, huge future ahead of him and world title already in his back pocket.

Mildura, a small city in Victoria, Australia is the birth-place to some of the best Speedway riders to ever zip up and Jaimon Lidsey has all the potential to follow in their footsteps.

At 22, he has already stormed the world scene – from piling the points up in the Polish domestic leagues to winning the World Under-21 Championship title in Czech Republic last year – he has already shown that he is going to be a serious force to be reckoned with.

Not many teenagers decide to pack their bags and leave home to embark on a journey to the other side of the world, but that’s exactly what Jaimon did back in 2018 where he headed to Poland to learn the ropes and kick off his professional speedway career, and man did it pay off.

He was quickly identified as a star of the future and taken under the wing of the Leszno Bulls team – the most successful Polish team in the country – and the Australian national set-up knew they had to bring him into the fold too, which has given him the perfect education.In 2021, Jaimon will continue to lay the foundations for his top-level career by racing across Europe’s biggest domestic leagues, while he’s also listed as the second reserve for the SGP Series.

We are so excited to be a part of the journey as he looks to rise through the ranks and achieve his goal of adding a world senior title to his Under-21 crown. With his talent, desire and foundations – don’t bet against him doing it sooner rather than later.

 

As well as Freddie and Jaimon, we’re also doubling-up on Holder’s.

 

Yep, little brother Jack is joining big bro Chris as a member of the Monster family after showcasing his immense talent last year, where he truly announced himself as a serious force in the top echelons of the sport.

 

Jack knows what it takes to win in this sport, he’s been by his brother’s side as he climbed to the very top of the mountain and he’s seen the tough parts too – any sport where you race a bike with no brakes around an oval track at speeds of almost 100km/ph ain’t ever gunna be easy.

 

Some people are just born to race and Jack falls into that category. He doesn’t do fear, he doesn’t shy away from a challenge and if there’s a gap on the track that can get him into first place, he’s gunna take it.

 

Alongside Jaimon and Polish racer Pawel Przedpelski, the future looks brighter than ever with Jack on board.

 

As well as the trio of new recruits, we’ve still got an unbelievable line up of talent with us.

Triple world champ Tai Woffinden came close to getting #4 last year but was pipped by Zmarzlik, and he is not a man who likes losing so don’t expect him to be anywhere other than near the very top of the standings when the seasons gets underway in May.

 

Patryk Dudek has had a tough couple of years with injuries and they took their toll in 2020, where he raced pretty much half fit for the full duration of the SGP series. When the margins are so small and the competition so fierce, it’s impossible to race at anything less than maximum capability and it reflected in Patryk’s results.

 

Although he won’t be on the Grand Prix tour this year, he’s healed, he’s rested and he’s fired up to have a massive season in league racing and earn back his spot as one of the top 15 riders on the planet.

Remember, this is a kid who finished overall second in his rookie year so a fully-fit, fully-focused Dudek is going to be a force to be reckoned with again.

 

If his little brother Jack is one of the junior members of the team then Chris Holder is very much the veteran – sorry Chris.

 

He has been a mainstay of the world scene for 10 years now and his title win back in 2012 still ranks as one of the most unbelievable performances in history, coming out of nowhere to lift the ultimate crown and make sure his name will always be in the books next to the words ‘World Champion’.

 

After a rough few years with injuries, CH is back on his feet and focused on proving to everyone that he still has what it takes to compete for the biggest prizes. When his mind and body are at 100%, there are few better and we can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for him.

 

Last but not least in our A-list cast of shredders is Pawel Przedpelski, who took an incredible step forward in his development last year to really push his career forward and give a glimpse of what could be a very exciting future.

 

He will be lining up in Europe’s top domestic leagues again and pushing for qualification to the SGP series for 2022, as well. He burst onto the scene as a youngster and struggled to live up to the hype that came his way but that all changed last season.

 

He delivered a string of huge scores for his league teams and showed that he has all the tools to make it to the top, so 2021 looks set to be a big year for the Polish racer.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for reaction and features with our new signings soon, as well as the usual pre-season lowdown of the 2021 Speedway Grand Prix calendar, as we build up to another awesome season on the shale.

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