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NGK Speedway stars fly the flag

NGK-sponsored stars have been battling it out for their countries in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations competition which this year has been sponsored by the company for the first-time.

The ignition and sensor specialist has been a key sponsor of the semi-finals of the 2021 competition and will also sponsor next month’s final in England which will see Sweden’s Freddie Lindgren represent his homeland after scoring 23 of his team’s 34 points in the first of the semi-finals held in Latvia.

NGK-sponsored American rider Luke Becker scored 21 of his country’s 28 points during the same meeting, but his USA team narrowly missed out on a place in the final at Belle Vue, Manchester.


Lindgren was delighted to lead his side through as he dropped just one point over six heats at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Daugavpils.

He is no stranger to the UK, having raced 14 seasons with SGB Premiership club Wolverhampton, also sponsored by NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, in two separate spells.

The Swedish skipper said: “We are really pleased to go straight through to the final with a top-two position. We worked really hard for it. The track was very demanding, so I am very happy we made it happen. Now we will really look forward to Manchester.”

John Money, who handles Speedway sponsorship on behalf of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “NGK is proud as a company to be a key sponsor of both the semi-finals and final of the 2021 Speedway of Nations.

“All the riders featured the NGK logo on their race jackets during the semi-finals and all the finalists will also do so in Manchester. The semis saw some exciting [i]races and great performances by Freddie and Luke. I’m sure that British Speedway fans cannot wait to see the teams in action in the final at Belle Vue.”

The final will see Sweden line-up against hosts Great Britain, Poland, Denmark, Australia, Latvia and France on October 16 & 17.

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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