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NGK-sponsored Speedway star helps Russia to World title

NGK-sponsored Russian Speedway star Emil Sayfutdinov has led his country to a second straight Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations title in his homeland.

He joined forces with Artem Laguta and under-21-star Gleb Chugunov to retain the trophy they won in Wroclaw last summer, this time beating Poland with a 5-1 in the grand final in Togliatti, Russia.

Their 2018 gold medal was the nation’s first senior world title of any kind and their second came in the first speedway world final ever staged in Russia.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd sponsors a number of top riders in the FIM World Speedway Grand Prix championship whose bikes are all fitted with the company’s spark plugs.

Fellow stablemate Jason Doyle from Australia also enjoyed a successful meeting in Russia, scoring 16 points and 14 points for his country over the two rounds of the final to help his side take third spot behind second-placed Poland.

However, Britain’s Robert Lambert had to pull out of the second round after suffering whiplash injuries sustained in a collision with teammate Craig Cook while three-time World champion Tai Woffinden missed the finals through injury.

Sayfutdinov said: “It’s great. It’s an amazing feeling because it was such a tough meeting. But we did it. We made the final and we just focused and concentrated on the final. We won the start and just went forward. I am so happy.”

He scorched to 17 points on Saturday and 14 on Sunday, but it was not enough to deny Poland top spot on the overall score chart as they qualified automatically for the grand final on 47.

Russia on 45 were forced to face third-placed Australia, who scored 41, in the final qualifier. Despite Jason Doyle winning the race Russia went through to the final due to their superior points tally in the heats. They then out trapped and defeated Poland in the grand final.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “We would like to congratulate Emil on his success in his homeland. He has been in tremendous form recently and currently sits joint top of the individual world championship. Jason too performed well but it was very unfortunate that Robert was injured, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

 

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.

For more information please visit: www.ngk-europe.com

 

 

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