Today, we feature Czech Republic’s one-to-five as they prepare to take on GB, Australia and the USA in Event 1 at King's Lynn on Saturday.
With the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup just three days away, MonsterEnergySWC.com guides you through this year’s teams.Today, we feature the Czech Republic’s one-to-five as they prepare to take on Great Britain, Australia and the USA in Event 1 at King's Lynn on Saturday.
1. MATEJ KUS
The 27-year-old is no stranger to the world stage, having appeared in five Czech SGPs in Prague and raced eight times for his country.
The 2010 Czech champion has been a regular visitor to Britain in recent years, having raced for the likes of Redcar, Berwick and Newcastle at SGB Championship level.
2. VACLAV MILIK
Without doubt the Czech Republic’s greatest speedway prospect, Milik realised his huge potential on the world stage with a famous third place at the Mitas Czech SGP in Prague on June 10.
He has reached the GP Challenge in Togliatti on August 19, where the top three riders earn FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification for 2018. And on the back of his impressive 12-point haul for his country in Event 1 at Vojens last year, Milik could be a huge danger for GB, Australia and the USA.
3. JOSEF FRANC
The 38-year-old makes his 12th appearance for his country at King’s Lynn – making him the veteran of the side.
The fast-trapping rider from Caslav has made five SGP appearances in Prague, including an unforgettable surge to the semi-finals at the 2012 Czech SGP, which featured a legendary heat win over world champions Jason Crump, Greg Hancock and Tomasz Gollob.
4. HYNEK STICHAUER
The 30-year-old from Pardubice makes his Monster Energy SWC debut at the Adrian Flux Arena.
He has previously raced in Britain, competing for Wolverhampton in the 2009 Elite League, as well as Stoke, Berwick and Plymouth at Premier League level.
5. EDUARD KRCMAR
In his last year as a junior, Krcmar serves at the Czech under-21 reserve, but can be drafted into the meeting for up to five rides to replace his team mates, and one more as a tactical joker or substitute.
Krcmar makes his fifth Monster Energy SWC appearance for his country at King’s Lynn and reached last year’s FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship Final series, finishing 11th overall.