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2017 Monster Energy SWC dates and draw announced

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The draw and calendar for the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup has been confirmed, as Great Britain and Sweden launch their title bids on home soil.

Next year‰Ûªs Monster Energy SWC Race Off and Final take place at iconic Polish track Leszno on July 7 and 8 respectively, meaning defending champions Poland are seeded straight into the Final.

The battle to join them begins in Great Britain, as the Monster Energy SWC returns to the Adrian Flux Arena in King‰Ûªs Lynn for Event 1 on Saturday, July 1. The 2016 silver medal-winning Lions take on old rivals Australia, the United States and the Czech Republic.

The action then moves to Swedish venue Vastervik on Tuesday, July 4, as 2015 champions Sweden bid for victory over neighbours Denmark, Russia and the winner of the qualification round.

The FIM qualification round takes place in Latvian capital Riga on June 25 and features the hosts, plus Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

The winners of the King‰Ûªs Lynn and Vastervik rounds join Poland in the Monster Energy SWC Final, with the line-up to be completed by the victorious team from the Race Off in Leszno.

This will be contested by the second and third-placed teams from Events 1 and 2.

2017 MONSTER ENERGY FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP DRAW AND CALENDAR:

JULY 1 ‰ÛÒ EVENT 1 ‰ÛÒ KING‰ÛªS LYNN (GREAT BRITAIN): Great Britain, Australia, USA, Czech Republic.

JULY 4 ‰ÛÒ EVENT 2 ‰ÛÒ VASTERVIK (SWEDEN): Sweden, Denmark, Russia, qualification round winner.

JULY 7 ‰ÛÒ RACE OFF ‰ÛÒ LESZNO (POLAND): Runner-up in Event 1, Third place in Event 1, Runner-up in Event 2, Third place in Event 2.

JULY 8 ‰ÛÒ FINAL ‰ÛÒ LESZNO (POLAND): Poland, Winner of Event 1, Winner of Event 2, Winner of the Race Off.

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