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Bad Track Surface Hurts 2008 Speedway Grand Prix World Championship Racers in Sweden

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Controversy surrounded the 2008 Speedway Grand Prix at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenberg, Sweden. Riders and fans criticized the third race in the series after a very problematic track surface and several unpopular calls by referees.


Jason Crump and other riders were affected by poor track conditions in Sweden
Jason Crump and other riders were affected by poor track conditions in Sweden, photo by Mike Patrick Photography

Jason Crump took fourth place but added twelve points to his standings in 2008 Speedway Grand Prix World Championship series
Jason Crump took fourth place but added twelve points to his standings in 2008 Speedway Grand Prix World Championship series, photo by Mike Patrick Photography
Jason Crump leads Poland's Krzysztof Kasprzak and Sweden's Andreas Jonsson at Swedish Grand Prix, photo by Mike Patrick Photography
Jason Crump leads Poland's Krzysztof Kasprzak and Sweden's Andreas Jonsson at Swedish Grand Prix, photo by Mike Patrick Photography

Double World Speedway Champion Jason Crump leads Poland racers Lubos Tomicek and Rune Holta at Ullevi Stadium Double World Speedway Champion Jason Crump leads Poland racers Lubos Tomicek and Rune Holta at Ullevi Stadium, photo by Mike Patrick Photography
Australia’s Jason Crump added twelve points to his motorcycle Grand Prix total even though he was outgunned in the final and finished in fourth place. “I had a good draw for gate positions but I chose gate three instead of gate four,” said Double World Champion Crump. “It was a bad choice. The organizers decided to water the track before the final and my exit was affected.”

Norwegian Rune Holta exited gate four to a smooth track and had his first victory after fifty races. But, several large holes were on the track and several riders hit them in full flight. “There were a lot of crashes,” said Crump. “I am happy I made it through without any crashes and got through the race unscathed.”

Crump has been racing since 1995 and has used K&N Engineering air filters throughout his racing career. “K&N makes the best filter on the market,” he said. “Under extreme track conditions I can depend on extra filtration. K&N also keeps the dirt out of my engine.”

Round four of the 2008 Speedway Grand Prix World Championship moves to Copenhagen in Denmark on June 14.

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