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World's top speedway stars head to Norfolk

Nine teams, including the hosts Poland, are competing in the main competition, featuring heats in Britain and Sweden.

Organisers of the first event in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup are expecting a partizan crowd at King's Lynn in Norfolk to help give Great Britain the edge.

The Adrian Flux Arena plays host to the four-team meeting for the sixth time in seven seasons on Saturday.

Britain are up against the United States, Czech Republic and Australia for a place in the final in Poland.

And the atmosphere generated at the Norfolk circuit is one of the reasons why world speedway's governing body, the FIM, has chosen to return after a year's absence.

"Obviously the British fans really get behind Team GB, and it's a very partizan atmosphere.

"It's not the biggest stadium we go to. It's quite compact, but it feels very close to the riders and feels like you're on top of the action.

"So for the British fans I hope they have a good win, but obviously for myself I hope we have a good event and everything runs smoothly."

– Race Director Phil Morris

Nine teams, including the hosts Poland, are competing in the main competition, featuring heats in Britain and Sweden. The nations who finish second and third have another chance to qualify through a race-off meeting, but the journey has already ended for several others.

"You've got a lot of teams involved before you even get to the event. There's a qualifying event in Latvia where teams like France and Germany didn't even make the main event. It's a big night for a lot of teams and the winning team goes direct into the Final in Lesznow, Poland next Saturday."

King's Lynn will have three riders represented in Event One. Nineteen year old Robert Lambert has declared himself fit to ride for Britain despite sustaining a broken wrist while on duty with British Speedway Championship side Newcastle.

Troy Batchelor and Chris Holder are riding for Team Australia.