The Briton was narrowly pipped to the 2020 World Speedway championship by Poland’s Bartosz Zmarzlik with fellow NGK stablemate Freddie Lindgren of Sweden taking third spot.
Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a long-time supporter of Speedway and has a star-studded group of riders competing in this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series with Tai and Freddie being joined by Britain’s Robert Lambert, the 2020 European Champion, and former European Champions Emil Sayfutdinov, of Russia, and Slovenian Matej Zagar.
The SGP riders’ bikes are all fitted with NGK spark plugs and the company will have an even bigger presence at tracks at this year’s Grand Prix series with its logo being displayed prominently at all ten rounds of the championship.
The SGP series gets underway at Teterow in Germany on May 22 and British fans will have the chance to see their favourites in action when it heads to the Principality Stadium, Cardiff for the British Grand Prix on July 17.
John Money, who handles Speedway sponsorship on behalf of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “For the 2021 season NGK will have a major presence at each Grand Prix with our logo being featured on the riders’ boards and heat boards and the riders being supplied with NGK pit chairs and bike mats.
“We have a very strong line-up this season led by Tai who will be fighting hard to add to the championships he won in 2013, 2015 and 2018, while Freddie will be striving to build on last year’s performance.
“In addition, Emil is one of the most exciting riders in the sport and Robert is undoubtedly one of the most promising young riders competing in the series. Matej too is a five-time GP winner so we have a really formidable team of racers.”
In addition to sponsoring the SGP riders, NGK will also once again be supporting the Parrys International Wolverhampton Wolves Speedway team’s bid to win the British Premiership League as well as a number of individual riders including Wilbur Hancock the fifteen-year-old son of retired four-time World Champion Greg Hancock with whom NGK enjoyed a long and very successful relationship.
John Money added: “We are delighted to once again be sponsoring Wolverhampton. Speedway is a real family sport and we are looking forward to when our customers who are Speedway fans are able to see the team in action.”
Notes to Editors
About NGK SPARK PLUG:
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 and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres.
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 – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany.
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