BT Sport reveals live speedway schedule for 2017

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BT Sport have unveiled their opening set of fixtures for an exciting summer of domestic speedway in the UK.

All eight Premiership clubs will feature as the battle for a top four spot intensifies on BT Sport, which will also be showing the FIM Speedway Grand Prix and FIM Speedway World Cup for a second season.

The move means BT Sport is the new home of speedway on UK television with 34 speedway events broadcast live during 2017, 18 British Speedway fixtures live starting with the British finals on the June 19 in Manchester, 12 Speedway Grand Prix events and 4 Speedway World Cups.

BT Sport has also confirmed its on-air team for its expanded speedway coverae with presenters Suzi Perry and Natalie Quirk to lead the network’s live action throughout the season.

Scott Nicholls returns as analyst for the Speedway Grand Prix and World Cup events, while former British and Commonwealth champion Kelvin Tatum will provide commentary alongside Nigel Pearson.

BT Sport stepped in to fill the void left by its chief pay-TV sports rival Sky Sports, which decided to end its long-running domestic speedway coverage after two decades.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “This is superb news for speedway fans. We’re thrilled to make BT Sport the home of British Speedway.

“We think fans will relish our coverage and we hope BT Sport will be able convert many more viewers into fans of the sport when they see how exciting and exhilarating it is.”

Keith Chapman, chairman of the British Speedway Promoters’ Association, said: “We’re delighted to welcome BT Sport as our broadcast partners for the 2017 season.

“They successfully hosted the Grand Prix and World Cup last year and we’re pleased to showcase Speedway on the same channel alongside those tournaments.

“This is great news for British TV viewers who will now be able to see regular speedway, both at league and international level. We’re expecting an exciting and entertaining season that will once again show a wider audience what a thrilling spectacle the sport is.”

Terry Russell, of Go Speed International Ltd who negotiated the new deal, said: “We’re extremely pleased British Speedway has a home on BT Sport alongside the GP and World Cup.

“It’s good news for the sport and I’m sure our fans will enjoy the coverage BT Sport provides.

“The meetings scheduled look great, including of course the play-offs, which always provide great drama and TV entertainment.”

British Speedway adds to the wide range of motorsport that BT Sport broadcasts from around the world, including MotoGP, World Rally Championship and the Indycar Series.

Full details of BT Sport’s live speedway schedule for 2017 can be found below. For all the latest speedway news and video, visit BT Sport’s dedicated website – btsport.com/speedway.

SATURDAY 29th APRIL

Slovenia: Round 1
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

SATURDAY 13th MAY

Warsaw, Poland: Round 2
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 29th MAY

Latvia: Round 3
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

SATURDAY 10th JUNE

Czech Republic: Round 4
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 19th JUNE

British Finals
Speedway Premiership

 

SATURDAY 24th JUNE

Denmark: Round 5
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 26th JUNE

Poole v Belle Vue
Speedway Premiership

 

SATURDAY 1st JULY

World Cup: Event 1
FIM Speedway World Cup

 

TUESDAY 4th JULY

World Cup: Event 2
FIM Speedway World Cup

 

FRIDAY 7th JULY

World Cup: Event 3 – Race-Off
FIM Speedway World Cup

 

SATURDAY 8th JULY

World Cup: Final
FIM Speedway World Cup

 

MONDAY 10th JULY

Wolverhampton v Rye House
Speedway Premiership

 

MONDAY 17th JULY

Leicester v Swindon
Speedway Premiership

 

SATURDAY 22nd JULY

Great Britain: Round 6
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 24th JULY

Belle Vue v Wolverhampton
Speedway Premiership

 

MONDAY 31st JULY

Match TBC
Speedway Premiership

 

MONDAY 7th AUGUST

King’s Lynn v Somerset
Speedway Premiership

 

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST

Malilla, Sweden: Round 7
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 14th AUGUST

Somerset v Leicester
Speedway Premiership

 

MONDAY 21st AUGUST

Swindon v King’s Lynn
Speedway Premiership

 

SATURDAY 26th AUGUST

Gorzow, Poland: Round 8
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 28th AUGUST

Rye House v Poole
Speedway Premiership

 

MONDAY 4th SEPTEMBER

Match TBC
Speedway Premiership

 

TUESDAY 5th SEPTEMBER

Germany: Round 9
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 11th SEPTEMBER

Semi-Final 1: Leg 1
Speedway Premiership

 

MONDAY 18th SEPTEMBER

Semi-Final 2: Leg 1
Speedway Premiership

 

SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER

Stockholm, Sweden: Round 10
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 25th SEPTEMBER

Semi-Finals 1 & 2: Leg 2
Speedway Premiership

 

MONDAY 2nd OCTOBER

Promotion/Relegation Playoff: Leg 1
Speedway Premiership

 

WEDNESDAY 4th OCTOBER

Promotion/Relegation Playoff: Leg 2
Speedway Premiership

 

SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER

Torun, Poland: Round 11
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

MONDAY 9th OCTOBER

Grand Final: Leg 1
Speedway Premiership

 

WEDNESDAY 11th OCTOBER

Grand Final: Leg 2
Speedway Premiership

 

SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER

Australia: Round 12
FIM Speedway Grand Prix

 

 

5 Comments

  1. The BT schedule shown here is an absolute joke compared to the Sky coverage before!! No Premiership meetings until June, BT are having a major laugh and their limited coverage will eventually kill the sport in the UK for fans!

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    • Be very thankful that BT. have been able to give us Speedway. Without them moving as fast as they have we now at least have a reasonable amount this year Some people should stop and consider the logistics.

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