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Emil makes the podium as NGK riders excel in World Speedway Championship

NGK-sponsored Emil Sayfutdinov has finished third in the 2021 FIM Speedway World Championship.

The Russian finished behind fellow countryman Artem Laguta and runner-up Bartosz Zmarzlik at the end of a Grand Prix series that saw three NGK-sponsored riders finish in the top six with Sweden’s Freddie Lindgren taking fifth place and Briton Tai Woffinden sixth.

Speaking after the final two rounds at Torun in Poland, Sayfutdinov said he was pleased with a podium finish after a season of mechanical challenges as he dramatically improved on his eighth place in 2020.

He said: “I am just really happy about that bronze medal because I think we did a great job as a team. Everyone achieved this medal after the problems we had with the bike setup.

“Of course, our goal was different, but we concentrated and fought for that medal. Compared to what I scored in the Grand Prix last season, it is completely different for sure.

“But we have had really big problems with the engines. If you have problems with the engine, you have a lot of problems with your mind and the team has a lot of stress also.

“The end is more important than the beginning, though, and we made more history. We will try to be ready for next year. We just need to think about a few things and for sure there will be some testing. Hopefully it will be good.”

Sayfutdinov was runner-up in the final Grand Prix round in Torun while Woffinden was third in the penultimate event and both riders automatically qualify for next year’s SGP series along with Lindgren.

England’s Robert Lambert finished in a creditable tenth position in the overall standings while fellow NGK-sponsored rider Matej Zagar was thirteenth.

John Money, who handles Speedway sponsorship on behalf of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was a fantastic achievement by the three riders to finish in the top six with Emil’s performance obviously being the highlight. All the riders have provided great entertainment for all NGK customers who are Speedway fans and I’m sure they will all be determined to do even better next season.”


All the NGK riders’ bikes were fitted with NGK spark plugs and the NGK logo was also featured on the riders’ boards and heat boards at each Grand Prix.


Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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