THE 2020 Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations (SoN) champions will be crowned at Belle Vue’s National Speedway Stadium after organisers confirmed Manchester as hosts for the finals.
The pinnacle of pairs speedway, the global event pits 15 nations against each other in the ultimate test of team riding, but only one pair will emerge as champions of the world.Belle Vue has attracted many prestigious national and international events since opening its doors in 2016, including the FIM Monster Energy Speedway World Cup final that same year.
But this will be the first time Great Britain has hosted a Monster Energy SoN Final, and the first time Manchester has hosted a world final since the dramatic 2016 World Cup which saw Poland claim gold.
The two-round final is set for May 8 and May 9 in Manchester and BSI Speedway managing director Steve Gould cannot wait to see the sport’s top nations battle it out.
He said: “This is the third season of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations and we’re delighted to bring the final to Manchester for the first time.
“The National Speedway Stadium has a well-deserved reputation as one of the sport’s finest tracks and we’ve no doubt it’ll be the perfect venue for one of the biggest events on the speedway calendar.
“Russia may have won the first two editions of the Monster Energy SoN, but there are plenty of contenders capable of challenging them for the trophy.
“The Monster Energy SoN will be the ideal start to the season as we build up to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series, which gets underway in Warsaw on May 16.”
Bosses at Belle Vue Speedway reacted with delight to the news that the SoN Finals were to be held in Manchester in 2020, after two years of successfully staging one of the two qualifying rounds.
CEO Adrian Smith said: “The National Speedway Stadium is a world-class racetrack and we are very proud to welcome such a prestigious international event back to Manchester.
“This is the first time the UK has hosted the Speedway of Nations finals. It’s an historic moment for us and a great honour, as part of a city that is synonymous with sport, to be involved.
“We would also like to extend our thanks to Manchester City Council, whose continued support of speedway is exemplary, for their backing and assistance in bringing this event to Manchester.
“The level of excitement this track delivers never fails to impress at any level of speedway.
“We are confident of a thrilling meeting in prospect and hope to see lots of support for Great Britain.”
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for skills, culture and leisure, said: “The National Speedway Stadium is the natural choice for the 2020 SoN finals.
“Manchester has a strong speedway tradition and we’re very proud and excited to welcome yet another major international event to our great sporting city.”