We profile Russia as they face Sweden, Denmark and Latvia at Vastervik on Tuesday.
Today we profile Russia as they face Sweden, Denmark and Latvia at Vastervik on Tuesday.
1 Emil Sayfutdinov (c)
Russia’s speedway talisman spearheads their quest for Monster Energy SWC Final qualification in a year which has seen him return to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
He finished second in Horsens last time out and is now sixth in the World Championship. But for now, he’s seeking to add to the bronze medal he won at Malilla in the 2012 Monster Energy SWC.
2 Grigorii Laguta
Also a member of the medal-winning Malilla side, Laguta has proved himself a powerhouse performer for years in the Polish and Swedish leagues.
He fell short of reaching this season’s GP Challenge at Russian racetrack Togliatti, but gets another opportunity to prove his pedigree on the world stage at Vastervik.
3 Vadim Tarasenko
A former FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship finalist, Tarasenko gets a golden opportunity to show his class on the senior stage.
The 23-year-old races for Pila in the Polish First Division and will be keen to build on that experience in one of the biggest meetings of his career so far.
4 Andrei Kudriashov
No stranger to the national side, Kudriashov is back for what will be his sixth SWC appearance.
The 25-year-old, born in Balakovo, Kudriashov races for Bydgoszcz in the Polish First Division, Holstebro in the Danish Speedway League and Togliatti in his homeland.
5 Gleb Chugunov
The under-21 reserves hopes to continue making his mark on the world stage after qualifying for this year’s FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship Final series.
Born in Salavat – the same city as skipper Sayfutdinov – he could be Russia’s secret weapon if any of the top four fail to perform this week.