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Speedway GP - Round 4 - Sweden - Saturday 6th July
The SGP moves onto Round 4 and to Hallstavik’s Bygg Arena, the home of Swedish outfit Rospiggarna. 2 current Rospiggarna riders appear in Saturday’s GP, Jason Doyle and Max Fricke. There was a third until Thursday but Robert Lambert has sadly now been relieved of his duties there.
The HZ Bygg Arena doesn’t have a long history of FIM Speedway Grand Prix racing, having only staged its first World Championship event last year. However. It is a track, however, that will be well suited to most of the GP riders, and many of them will have ridden there regularly when competing in The Swedish League.
The locals, of course, will be hoping for a home victory and their best chance looks, undoubtedly, to lie with FREDDIE LINDGREN. He finished runner-up here 12 months ago and will, no doubt, be fired up to go one better this year. After a slow start, Freddie has moved up the table and now sits in 4th in the overall standings as he looks to repeat last year's World Championship podium finish.
Not surprisingly, BARTOSZ ZMARZLIK is the bookies' favourite here and he is flying at the moment for his Swedish outfit Vetlanda. He made the final here last year will take some serious beating once again. At best odds of 4/1 I wouldn’t put anybody off on putting a win saver on the talented Pole.
There are, currently, joint-leaders of the GP series, LEON MADSEN and PATRYK DUDEK. Both are flying in the series at the moment and finding good consistent scores each round to help maintain a challenge. They have both reached the final in all 3 GP's so far. MADSEN looks to have been well found in the betting market, with a best price of 13/2, but DUDEK is currently best priced at 10/1 for this GP and looks too good a price to ignore for e/w betting purposes. He didn't perform too well here in last year's event but recently had a decent score of 10 points here when visiting with his Swedish club Dackarna.
Last years winner MACIEJ JANOWSKI is best priced at 8/1. He, too, rides for Dackarna and showed his liking for this circuit with a haul of 12 points during th recent visit. After injuries had blighted the start to the campaign, he now seems to be scoring well in Sweden and has a great chance of following up his 18 point winning haul last year. After trailing in last in his first ride last year, he reeled off 6 straight wins on the spin to take the GP and he will be hoping that history repeats itself as he looks to make u for lost time and launch himself up the table.
ROBERT LAMBERT will have a point to prove, returning to his former old track, only a few days after being released, but current rider, MAX FRICKE is very interesting at 33/1. The Aussie has home track knowledge and is a young and hungry performer who certainly has a GP win in him. He continues to get his chance, of course, as a result of Tai Woffinden's injury and, following on from an excellent effort in Prague, this may be his best chance of the series. The former World U21 champion is well thought of at his 3 European clubs, and this is his 4th season at the Swedish track. He may be the one to come from the pack and certainly is better than his odds suggest. As the last round in Prague proved anybody is capable of winning if getting things right on the night.
Wildcard OLIVER BERNTZON is best priced at 50/1. He also is capable of putting the said cat amongst the pigeons and may take some valuable points off some of the leading contenders. The other Swede in the line-up, ANTONIO LINDBACK, is also more than capable on his day and could be another lively outsider.
Suggested Bets are:-
JANOWSKI 8/1 (General)
DUDEK 10/1 (General)
FRICKE 33/1 (Sky Bet)
All e/w - 1/4 odds first 3.