Motorcycling Australia (MA) has announced its ten-man squad for the 2015 FIM Monster Energy Speedway World Cup.
Three Queenslanders will compete in the cup which begins in King’s Lynn, Great Britain on June 8.
Team Australia will kick off its campaign in the second semi-final against host Great Britain, USA and Latvia, with the winner of the group to meet Denmark in the final on June 13.
Speaking about the announcement of the squad, National Team Manager Mark Lemon said Team Australia had a ‘fresh look’ about it in 2015.
“In the squad of ten, three riders would be eligible for the Under-21 World Team Cup being held in Australia on October 31st, which shows the rapid progress by our younger riders,” Lemon said.
“The squad also includes three current Grand Prix stars Troy Batchelor, Jason Doyle and 2012 World Champion Chris Holder. With a real mix of experience and enthusiasm to ride for Australia, I’m really excited to see what the young squad can achieve this year.”
Lemon said the Australian team would be looking to improve on its 2014 Speedway World Cup results in an attempt to bypass this year’s Race Off.
The Race Off is the preliminary event before the final, in which the second and third placed teams from each of the two semi-finals compete for the last place in the main event.
“We need all the boys firing from the get go to win at King’s Lynn and go directly to the final to avoid the cut-throat Race Off,” Lemon said.
“The last three years have seen injury clouds hover over us prior to the SWC competition and we’re hoping for a smooth build up this time around.
“We have won the Race Off for the last two years running but it’s a situation we’d rather avoid, so the focus will be on getting straight through to the final.”
The 2015 FIM Speedway World Cup squad is as follows:
Troy Batchelor QLD
Jason Doyle NSW
Max Fricke VIC
Josh Grajczonek QLD
Chris Holder (C) NSW
Brady Kurtz NSW (Debutant)
Sam Masters NSW
Nick Morris QLD (Debutant)
Dakota North VIC
Justin Sedgmen VIC (Debutant)