CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – A lineup of some of the best speedway competitors from the United States and Europe was solidified on Wednesday, December 18, as the official rider draw for the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational took place setting the field for the 23-heat GP race format for the December 28 event at The Grand Arena in the City of Industry, Calif.
The 16-rider lineup is a who’s who of global speedway racing, featuring nine Americans, a trio of Brits, and a pair Polish riders, as well as lone stars from Australia and Denmark. Additionally, two alternates, each from the U.S., will be ready to step in, if called upon.
The official score sheet shows the unique and exciting GP format that features 20 initial four-lap heats from which riders will accumulate points in an effort to become one of the top eight competitors to reach one of the two semi finals. The top two finishers from each semi move on to the final, which will determine the overall winner of the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational.
The draw sets the program for the race on December 28, determining which events a rider will compete in during the night. Below is the draw order. Refer to the downloadable attached program score sheet to see the events each rider has been placed in by the draw.
1. Tyson Burmeister — United States 10. Darcy Ward – Australia
2. Ryan Fisher – United States 11. Charlie Venegas – United States
3. Edward Kennett – Great Britain 12. Patryk Dudek — Poland
4. Ricky Wells – United States 13. Hans Andersen — Denmark
5. Gino Manzares – United States 14. Maciej Janowski – Poland
6. Max Ruml – United States 15. Greg Hancock – United States
7. Scott Nicholls – Great Britain 16. Billy Janniro – United States
8. Chris Harris – Great Britain (1st Reserve) Jason Ramirez – United States
9. Billy Hamill – United States (2nd Reserve) Austin Novratil – United States
The racing is sure to be exciting throughout the night as the Australian Ward will go bar-to-bar against last year’s winner Janniro as well as two former World Champions, Hamill, and Hancock. Three former U21 FIM World Champions will compete as Janowski and Dudek join Ward in making the trip to the U.S. Additionally, several of the sport’s brightest young stars from both the U.S. and overseas will have the opportunity to show their talents on a premier international stage.
Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational tickets are available for purchase at www.IndustryRacing.com from now through December 26. Tickets are priced at $25 and $15 for Juniors and Seniors. Tickets purchased at the box office in advance will be an additional $5 and tickets purchased the day of the event will be an additional $10. All kids under 12 are free with adult admission. Grand Arena Parking is $10; remote parking will be $5 and motorcycle parking free of charge. The event will run rain or shine as The Grand Arena has a roof. The box office will open at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 28.
Industry Racing at The Grand Arena
16200 Temple Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91744
Contact Track/Racing Director Kelly Inman at Kelly@IndustryRacing.com
To get a rundown on the most recent FIM Speedway Grand Prix season, log onto www.SpeedwayGP.com.