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  1. Provisional dates for 2019: Berlin - Feb 28 & March 2 -3 Inzell - March 16 - 17 Heerenveen - March 29 - 31 All subject to FIM confirmation.
  2. LUKOIL FIM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 5, HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 7/8 SUNDAY, FINAL 10 Koltakov 21 (15+3+3), Ivanov 19 (14+3+2), Valeev 16 (13+2+1), Haarahiltunen 14 (12+2+0), Zorn 12 (11+1), Khomitsevich 10 (9+1), S. Svensson 9 (9+0), N. Svensson 7 (7+fd), Olsen 6, Pletschacher 6, Simon 5, Klatovsky 4, Weber 3, Ledstrom 2, Iwema 2, Schaap 1, Tuinstra 0, Reitsma 0 Semi Final 1: Koltakov, Haarahiltunen, Khomitsevich, S. Svensson Semi Final 2: Ivanov, Valeev, Zorn, N. Svensson (fd) Final: Koltakov, Ivanov, Valeev, Haarahiltunen OVERALL (*= Wildcard) Koltakov 202, Ivanov 167, Khomitsevich 154, Haarahiltunen 115, Valeev 98, Zorn 76, Simon 75, Karachintsev 68, N. Svensson 60, Olsen 58, Klatovsky 47, S. Svensson 44, Ledstrom 44, Weber 39, Iwema 23, Kononov* 22, Bauer 15, Pletschacher* 11, Niedermaier* 10, Ebner 10, Schaap* 4 And thats it! Koltakov had dominated this seaason, and no-one really came close. Ivanov looked a bit miffed with another silver, whilst Khomitsevich dropped points on his rival when he took out the bales in one heat. Biggest revelation was Martin Haarahiiltunen who is the most exciting western rider since Franky Zorn burst onto the scene. In one heat today he held Koltakov in second for a lap or so, before Dimon passed him. He isn't afraid of the Russians and his success is dragging in new Swedes to the Ice. Iwema had a nightmare home GP, but he needs to sort his bikes for next season, Schaap got to find out how good the ISG series is, and talking to him, he wants to be in it. On a personal note, it was good to catch up with many of the British and other old riders there, and to catch up with Steve again, who braved the dark streets of Heerenveen on a push bike. Hope the pics with Dimon came out well.
  3. LUKOIL FIM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 5, HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 7/8 SATURDAY, FINAL 9 Dmitri Koltakov (Russia) 18 (12+3+3), Dinar Valeev (Russia) 16 (12+2+2), Danil Ivanov (Russia) 18 (14+3+1), Dmitri Khomitsevich (Russia) 16 (14+2+0), Stefan Svensson (Sweden) 11(10+1), Martin Haarahiltunen (Sweden) 10 (9+1), Niclas Svensson (Sweden) 10 (10+0), Jimmy Olsen (Sweden) 8 (8+0), Ove Ledstrom (Sweden) 6, Harald Simon (Austria) 5, Franz Zorn (Austria) 5, Jan Klatovsky (Czech Rep.) 4, Stefan Pletschacher (Germany) 4, Jasper Iwema (Netherlands) 3, Bart Schaap (Netherlands) 3, Simon Reitsma (Netherlands - Res) 1, Jimmy Tuinstra (Netherlands - Res) 0, Johann Weber (Germany) 0 Semi Final 1: Ivanov, Valeev, Haarahiltunen, N. Svensson Semi Final 2: Koltakov, Khomitsevich, S. Svensson, Olsen Final: Koltakov, Valeev, Ivanov, Khomitsevich Cracking nights racing yesterday, and Koltakov was World Champion in Heat 13. He then went out in Heat 20 and broke down, meaning he's dropped 8 points overall. Johann Weber crashed in his first heat and was bruised but he's back this afternoon. Pics from yesterday already on my site: http://iancharlesphotos.net/070418-isg-final-9
  4. Roelof Thijs Bokaal, Heerenveen, Friday 6.4.18 1 Lukas Hutla (Czech Rep) 2 Jonas Andersson (Sweden) 3 Charly Ebner (Austral) 4 Rene Stellingwerf (Netherlands) 5 Albin Lindblom (Sweden) 6 Matti Isoaho (Finland) 7 Jimmy Tuinstra (Netherlands) 8 Manfred Seifter (Austria) 9/10 Jasper Iwema (Netherlands), Andreas Lindblom (Sweden) 11/12 Bart Schaap (Netherlands), Simon Reitsma (Netherlands) 13/14 Luca Bauer (Italy) 15/16 Jo Saetre (Norway), Andreas Westlund (Sweden) 17/18 Marc Geyer (Germany), Pierre Hallen (Sweden 19/20 Franz Mayerbuchler (Germany, Sebastian Gegenbauer (Germany) 21/22 Tomi Kirilov (Finland), David Lizak (Czech Rep) 23/24 Marku Larronmaa (Finland), Jiri Wildt (Czech Rep.) Quite a spectacular meeting really, with some incredible racing. Particularly spectacular crash between Gagenbauer and Reitsma, when the German took out the Dutchman, unfortuantely it also meant Jo Saetre was left with nowhere to go and ended up being strechered off. Lukas Hutla was a worthy winner and I think we'll be seeing more of him in years to come. Poor old Charly Ebner was winning the final when Stellingwerf fell, and the final was rerun. Ebner was away from the gate but Hutla and Andersson held him out and ended up in third place. Impressed with the strides takern by Jimmy Tuinstra and Bart Schaap and I fully exprect to see these teenagers going on to the ISG series. There are some pics on my website inclusing the 21 frame crash http://iancharlesphotos.net/060418-rtb Now sat in the press room at Thialf sorting out for tonights meeting.
  5. Khanmurzin and Niedermaier aren’t riding. The Russian was injured in practice last night, whilst Niedermaier apparently has other commitments (can’t be arsed I’m told). Live updates from 17.30 on www.baansportfansite.nl if you want to follow them, possibly live footage on Periscope as well.
  6. LUKOIL FIM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 5, Heerenveen, April 6/7 1 333 Danil Ivanov (Russia) 2 16(WC) Bart Schaap (Netherlands) 3 114 Dinar Valeev (Russia) 4 199 Martin Haarahiltunen (Sweden) 5 919 Dmitri Khomitsevich (Russia) 6 33 Johann Weber (Germany) 7 69 Jan Klatovsky (Czech Rep) 8 99 Stefan Pletschacher (Germany) 9 800 Jasper Iwema (Netherlands) 10 100 Franz Zorn (Austria) 11 11 Ove Ledstrom (Sweden) 12 50 Harald Simon (Austria) 13 58 Stefan Svensson (Sweden) 14 106 Dmitri Koltakov (Russia) 15 192 Niclas Svensson (Sweden) 16 81 Jimmy Olsen (Sweden) TR1 17 Simon Reitsma (Netherlands) TR2 18 Jimmy Tuinstra (Netherlands) Gunther Bauer replaced by Stefan Svensson. Dmitri Koltakov could be World Champion as early as Heat 13 on Saturday, if he wins his first three heats. It's going to be a battle for second place between Ivanov and Khomitsevich, whilst Haarahiltunen looks certain to finish fourth rounding off a remarkable debut season in the ISG Series.
  7. Startlist Roelof Thijs Bokaal 2018 - Heerenveen - 6 apr. 2018 1. Jo Saetre (Norway) 2. Jimmy Tuinstra (Netherlands) 3. Markku Larronmaa ((Finland)) 4. Franz Mayerbüchler (Germany) 5. Andreas Westlund (Sweden) 6. Jiří Wildt (Czech Rep.) 7. Bart Schaap (Netherlands) 8. Marc Geyer (Germany) 9. Andreas Lindblom (Sweden) 10. Tomi Kirilov (Finland) 11. Manfred Seifter (Austria) 12. Sebastian Gegenbauer (Germany) 13. Pierre Hallén (Sweden) 14. David Lizák (Czech Rep.) 15. Luca Bauer (Italy) 16. Simon Reitsma (Netherlands) 17. Charly Ebner (Austria) 18. Albin Lindblom (Sweden) 19. Lukáš Hutla (Czech Rep.) 20. German Khanmurzin (Russia) 21. Matti Isoaho (Finland) 22. Max Niedermaier (Germany) 23. Jonas Andersson (Sweden) 24. Jasper Iwema (Netherlands) Looks an interesting line up, and as in recent years there are a few new names on the list. Usually an interesting meeting, and a good curtain raiser for the weekend's ISG meetiings. I'm looking forward to seeing German Khanmurzin ride, as he's been on the radar for a around a year. At 16 he's a great prospect from when I've seen him in those YouTube videos from Russia. I'm sure Jesper will be doing live updates on baansportfansite.nl and if you are going, if you see me please say hello.
  8. Managed a chat with him on Sunday, this is only his third season. He only started when Niclas Svensson 'threw a bike at him' and told him to ride it. Last season was his first race outside Sweden at Heerenveen (his words) and he finished second. He's just trying his hardest at the moment to keep winning races. Such a nice chap, and I think he's one of the most exciting racers in a few years, as he's really not afraid of the Russians. In fact he did give Koltakov a bit of a run in Sunday's semi final, and was giving Valeev some stick in the final, when he fell.
  9. LUKOIL FIM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 4, INZELL, GERMANY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY MARCH 17/18 SUNDAY FINAL 8 Koltakov 21 (15+3+3), Khomitsevich 19 (14+3+2), Valeev 13 (10+2+1), Haarahiltunen 13 (11+2+f), Ivanov 14 (13+1), Zorn 11 (10+1), Weber 10 (10+0), Simon 7 (7+0), Olsen 5, Ledstrom 5, Iwema 4, N. Svensson 4, S. Svensson 4, Klatovsky 3, Pletschacher 1, Niedermaier (res) 1, Franz Mayerbuchler (Germany - res) 0, Bauer 0 (withdrew) Semi Final 1: Koltakov, Haarahiltunen, Zorn, Weber Semi Final 2: Khomitsevich, Valeev, Ivanov, Simon Final: Koltakov, Khomitsevich Valeev, Haarahiltunen (f) OVERALL (* = WILDCARD) Koltakov 163, Ivanov 130, Khomitsevich 128, Haarahiltunen 91, Karachintsev 68, Valeev 66, Simon 64, Zorn 59, N. Svensson 45, Olsen 44, Klatovsky 39, Weber 36, Ledstrom 35, S. Svensson 24, Kononov* 22, Iwema 18, Shishegov * 17 Bauer 15, Niedermaier * 10, Ebner 10, Pletschacher * 1 Koltakov is now so far ahead, that if he scores 10 on the first day in Heerenveen he is World Champion. Ivanov needs all 42 points and Koltakov to withdraw to beat him. Anther splendid day's racing here, and good to catch up with Steve again. It's three weeks now to Heerenveen, and I bet Dimon is ticking the days off on his calendar!
  10. LUKOIL FIM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 4, INZELL, GERMANY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY MARCH 17/18 SATURDAY, FINAL 7 Dmitri Koltakov (Russia) 20 (14+3+3), Danil Ivanov (Russia) 19 (14+3+2), Dmitri Khomitsevich 17 (14+2+1), Martin Haarahiltunen (Sweden) 10 (8+2+0), Dinar Valeev 13 (12+1), Harald Simon (Austria) 11 (10+1), Jimmy Olsen (Sweden) 9 (9+0), Franz Zorn (Austria) 8 (8+0), Johann Weber (Germany) 6, Niclas Svensson (Sweden) 5, Gunther Bauer (Germany) 5, Jan Klatovsky (Czech Rep.) 5, Ove Ledstrom (Sweden 5), Max Niedermaier (Germany - Res) 2, Jasper Iwema (Netherlands) Stefan Svensson (Sweden) 1, Stefan Pletschacher (Germany) 0 Semi Final 1: Koltakov, Haarahiltunen, Valeev, Olsen Semi Final 2: Ivanov, Khomitsevich, Simon, Zorn Final: Koltakov, Ivanov, Khomitsevich, Haarahiltunen Dimon has a 26 point lead over Ivanov. He's pulling ahead. By the way I managed to meet up with Steve again, if only briefly in the 'togs scrum at the Rostrum. Final 8 is tomorrow afternoon, so follow live updates on baansportfansite.nl, and HarmJan on Periscope to see the action. I'm now off to bed as I've finished editing pics.
  11. Nikita Shadrin 29 (15+14) Andrei Shishegov 26 (13+13) Evgeni Sharov 25 (11+14) Vladimir Bobin 24 (13+11) Herman Hanmurzin 22 (11+11) Rustam Akumbaev 20 (10+10) Vladimir Cheblakov 15 (9+6) Anton Sozykin 13 (6+7) Dmitri Borodin 13 (8+5) Evgeni Vakushin 12 (5+7) Elisey Vadrin 9 (5+4) Pavel Nekrasov 7 (2+5) Artem Afanasyev 7 (3+4) Denis Slepuchin 6 (4+2) Nikita Panov 3 (2+1) Dmitri Zverev 0 (0+nr) Thanks for that, I've corrected them in my original post. 1) 2) and 5) were my spell check correcting them for previously used names, 4) was a typing error. Just out of interest, what happened to 3) ?
  12. MRF Cup, Yugorsk, Russia Saturday & Sunday March 10/11 Saturday Result: Nikita Shadrin 15 Vladimir Bobin 13 Andrei Shishegov 13 Evgeni Sharov 11 Herman Hanmurzin 11 Rustam Akumbaev 10 Vladimir Cheblakov 9 Dmitri Borodin 8 Anton Sozykin 6 Evgeni Vakushin 5 Elisey Vadrin 5 Denis Slepuchin 4 Artem Afanasyev 3 Pavel Nekrasov 2 Nikita Panov 2 Dmitri Zverev 0 The YouTube feed was really good today and they intend to show it again in the morning from 8am UK Time. Worth watching as some of the riders are a bit wild!
  13. MFR Cup live now on YouTube
  14. Steve, As you leave the arrivals hall at Schipol, the train station is signposted, should take you less than 5 minutes to get from the exit to arrivals to the ticket office. Then walk down the ramps as the platforms are underneath the Airport. I did look at a train to Heerenveen last year, but as my flight home is on a Sunday, I opted to hire a car. (Ended up with a Kia Picanto, which was basically a petrol driven lawnmower with a radio! Hopefully Sixt will give me a slightly better car this year!) Yes I'll look out for you in Inzell again, Steve, and will endevour to have a chat. I'll look out for you in the scrum at the presentation too. Glad to hear Parsy enjoyed the Berlin meeting, and it was a bit parky to say the least. My 70-200 Zoom lens zoom ring started to freeze up in the cold, and that was despite holding a hand warmer on the lens in my glove.
  15. I'll be in Heerenveen Rob. Watching Ivanov he appears to have gone off the boil a little. Dima Khomitsevich was a little more aggressive than usual, especially when he barged Haarahiltunen out of the way in Sunday's semi. Haarahiltunen is still a spoiler, and has challenged the Russians on more than one occasion. Reading the Russian Forum, they do like him as he's not afraid to mix it. I'll probably have to revise my opinion after Inzell, but there are 42 points available, and Dimon is 25 ahead. Dimon could leave Inzell on 164 points. Assuming Ivanov scores 38 (19 each day) he will be on 135. But I don't think he will, so the title is now Koltakov's to lose. Pletschacher is the Inzell Wild Card (as predicted by Jesper), and if anyone is going, I'll see you there.
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