HARRIS CALLED UP FOR GB COLOURS

Monday July 08, 2019
Rebels' captain Chris Harris has been confirmed as Team GB's replacement for the injured Tai Woffinden and will be heading to Russia for The Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Finals later this month.

The call-up though brings with a tinge of disappointment for Rebels' fans as the competition dates clash with Somerset's northern tour that takes in Edinburgh on Friday 19th July and Berwick on the Saturday, the day of the first day of the SON finals.

Team GB finished runners-up to Russia in last year's inaugural staging of the revamped international world championship, losing out to Russia despite topping the scorechart over the two days, the Russians claiming gold after outpointing GB in the Grand Final, a heat won by Woffinden.

The Russians are unchanged from the trio that took that 2018 title, so Emil Sajfutdinov, winner of last weekend's SGB in Sweden, Artem Laguta and top U21 star Gleb Chegunov will take to track in Togiatti.

Australia have former Rebel Jason Doyle back after injury and he replaces Chris Holder, whislt Poland bring in Maciej Janowski in place of Patryk Dudek.

Denmark, Germany and Sweden complete the septet of nations that will compete over 42 heats – 21 heats on Saturday and 21 on Sunday, with the top scorers progressing automatically into the Grand Final. The second and third-placed countries will then compete in the semi-final for the right to race the leaders for the world title.
Should the semi-final end as a 3-3, the team that scored the most points over 42 heats will progress to the Grand Final. And if the Grand Final ends all square, a run-off featuring one rider from each team will decide the world title.

MONSTER ENERGY SON FINALS TEAM LINE-UPS
RUSSIA: 1 Emil Sayfutdinov (captain), 2 Artem Laguta, 3 Gleb Chugunov (U21). Also in squad: Grigory Laguta, Roman Lakhbaum (U21). Team Manager: Igor Dmitriev.
SWEDEN: 1 Fredrik Lindgren (captain), 2 Peter Ljung, 3 Filip Hjelmland (U21). Also in squad: Antonio Lindback, Alexander Woentin (U21). Team Manager: Morgan Andersson.
POLAND: 1 Maciej Janowski (captain), 2 Bartosz Zmarzlik, 3 Maksym Drabik (U21). Also in squad: Patryk Dudek, Bartosz Smektala (U21). Team Manager: Marek Cieslak.
GERMANY: 1 Erik Riss, 2 Kai Huckenbeck (captain), 3 Lukas Fienhage (U21). Also in squad: Martin Smolinski, Michael Hartel. Team Manager: Herbert Rudolph.
GREAT BRITAIN: 1 Craig Cook (captain), 2 Chris Harris, 3 Robert Lambert (U21). Also in squad: Tai Woffinden, Dan Bewley (U21). Team Manager: Alun Rossiter.
AUSTRALIA: 1 Jason Doyle (captain), 2 Max Fricke, 3 Jaimon Lidsey (U21). Also in squad: Chris Holder, Jordan Stewart (U21). Team Manager: Mark Lemon.
DENMARK: 1 Leon Madsen, 2 Niels-Kristian Iversen (captain), 3 Frederik Jakobsen (U21). Also in squad: Michael Jepsen Jensen, Patrick Hansen. Team Manager: Hans Nielsen.


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