The only Latvian in the series

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 Jevgenijs Kostigovs is the only Latvian in this year's line up of EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U21 World Championship. Rider of Lokomotiv Daugavpils got promoted to the main tournament after the semi-final in Eskilstuna, where he was 2nd with 13 points gathered.

20-year old rider is one of Latvian's speedway hopes. Thanks to his great performance during the eliminations stage, Kostygov showed that he'll be in the game of getting the title. As he admits, this series has a huge meaning for him.

- It will be very important tournament for me. I would like to show my best and prove my potential - Kostigovs said.
2017 series will be taken in Poznań, Güstrow and Pardubice. Latvian didn't have many chances to race on this venues and will have to get quick conclusions after practice sessions.

- It will be quite a challenge for me. I will only have few laps to find proper setups for my bikes, but I really hope everything will go as it should - Latvian added.

Line up of this year's EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U21 World Championship looks impressive and includes the names, which have already made their marks in the world of speedway.

Kostigovs, however, despite his small experience in the international-level meetings, sees his chance for success.

- Everyone in this line up looks strong and fast. I hope I'll be able to catch up and be there to compete at a high level - rider said.

There are some guys, seen by the experts as the favourites to the medals, however Kostigovs also sees himself in this group.

- Podium is my goal. I do realize the fact how strong riders are in the line up, but I believe to achieve my goal - Kostigovs ended.


1st Round of the EKO-DIR Speedway U-21 World Championship comes on July 23, 5 PM CET in Poznań (Poland). Tickets are still available and can be purchased via

Ticket prices go as below:
Numbered seats - 30 PLN
Unnumbered seats - 20 PLN
Junior ticket - 5 PLN (not for numbered stands)
Children under 6 y.o. - Free

Official starting list - 1st round of EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U21 World Championship:
1. (#222) Kacper Woryna (Poland)
2. (#73) Alexander Woentin (Sweden)
3. (#113) Jevgenijs Kostigovs (Latvia)
4. (#101) Brady Kurtz (Australia)
5. (#505) Robert Lambert (Great Britain)
6. (#115) Bartosz Smektala (Poland)
7. (#76) Lukas Fienhage (Germany)
8. (#16) Rafał Karczmarz (Poland) - Wild Card
9. (#114) Andreas Lyager Hansen (Denmark)
10. (#133) Maksym Drabik (Poland)
11. (#1) Max Fricke (Australia)
12. (#263) Eduard Krcmar (Czech Republic)
13. (#124) Patrick Hansen (Denmark)
14. (#463) Dominik Kubera (Poland)
15. (#96) Dimitri Bergé (France)
16. (#25) Jack Holder (Australia)
17. Damian Dróżdź (Poland)
18. Alex Zgardziński (Poland)

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