New dates announced for Speedway Of Nations
Great Britain Managing Director Rob Painter believes GB's riders can now “focus their minds” on the new dates for the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations
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The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and BSI Speedway announced a new schedule for the SoN which had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus crisis. Under the revised dates, both Semi-Finals – the 2020 Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Semi-Final 1 and Semi-Final 2 – will now take place on consecutive days in Daugavpils, Latvia on September 25th-26th. The Final is now scheduled to take place in Manchester on the new dates of October 24th-25th.
Painter said: “First and foremost, it’s imperative we acknowledge the sad loss of life and the heroic roles being played by all the NHS and care workers during this difficult time. In this context, sport simply is not an important issue. It is also vital that the lockdown remains until it is safe going forward and everyone sticks to those guidelines.
Considering the amount of organisation involved, the FIM and BSI have done a wonderful job to re-arrange the Speedway of Nations. “While we all need to be patient with the lockdown, it is also important to think ahead to when that is lifted for more enjoyable occasions. Therefore, we are delighted with this news and would like to acknowledge the FIM and BSI in their excellent and swift work to release the new dates. The riders and staff of Great Britain can now focus their minds on these much-awaited meetings. We are in different territory for timings, but the most important thing is that we can plan for them. We must all continue to build for a positive outcome for the Speedway season this year. On the plus side it will give our riders the time and opportunity to prove that they should be picked for Great Britain.”
Painter also revealed that the Great Britain Speedway Team are set to show their support of the NHS and there will be further news shortly on how GB will link with the National Health Service. He added: “The NHS are heroes every year for Speedway riders, the amount of injuries they deal with from our tracks is quite phenomenal. We feel it is only right and proper that we give something back. We are very proud to be going down that route with such an outstanding institution.”