Speedway FIM World Championships 2013 (European)
Saturday 20th April – Bydgoszcz (Poland)
It seems like it has been forever since the opening Speedway GP in New Zealand where we managed to get on the winner Hampel at 11/1 but we now have the second round which is the European GP this weekend. This GP is once again on the move as it is being staged in Bydgoszcz this year after five years in Leszno, more about it was actually first staged in Bydgoszcz back in 2000 and it also staged the Polish GP in 1998 and then between 2000 & 2010 so this track has staged a total of 13 GPs since 1998.
This track was dominated by one name in its early years and that was countryman Tomasz Gollob who has won a total of 6 GPs at Bydgoszcz which is a superb 46% strike rate! However Tomasz Gollob has never won the Speedway GP of Europe and has failed to win in the last three GPs staged at Bydgoszcz, the Aussies have dominated the European GP of late with Leigh Adams (2008), Jason Crump (2006, 2009 & 2010) and Chris Holder (2012) all winning and the Dane Nicki Pedersen has not been too bad either winning it three times (2002, 2007 & 2011).
It is difficult to go on past winners seeing as the GP has been staged at Bydgoszcz, Chorzow, Wroclaw & Leszno and no two tracks are the same, Andreas Jonsson won the last GP at this track and Nicki Pedersen won in both 2006 & 2009 at this track. The two Poles Hampel and Gollob both got off to flyers at New Zealand and are joint top with 15pts apiece and will be coming to the home country to ride this weekend whilst Pedersen made a good start also picking up 12pts in New Zealand.
For me we have to go with either Hampel or Gollob to win here and with his history at the track and his experience I have to go with Gollob, he was superb in New Zealand picking up 4 wins and we have to remember that he has a 46% strike rate in GPs at this track and this is all known knowledge which means his odds are not going to be great.
Just like the New Zealand GP, I will be dutching my bets and I will be dutching Gollob with Nicki Pedersen, he made a solid start to the GP series, he is a three time European GP winner and he is twice a winner at this track. I may be punished for leaving Hampel alone but he has never won a GP in Poland whereas Gollob and Pedersen have won plenty!
Bets Outright (5pt Win)
Gollob to win the European GP @ 7/2 (SkyBet or Ladbrokes) (73% of Stake – 3.65pt Win)
Pedersen to win the European GP @ 11/1 (Ladbrokes) (27% of Stake – 1.35pt Win)
For a 5pt bet with the stakes as advised above if either of them go on to win the GP then we will make a +11.36pt profit.