Greig heads to Italy for Flat Track Finale! FIM Flat Track World Championship Finale – Preview
For the sixth time in nine years, Italy is the stage for #FIM Flat Track’s season finale, as twenty-five riders head to the north-west of the country to battle it out for honours in the inaugural FIM Flat Track World Championship. Just three weeks on from the season opener in Pardubice and following the cancellation of the visit to Diedenbergen because of the evolving situation of the global pandemic in Germany, the trip to Boves in the province of Cuneo becomes the second and decisive Round of the 2020 campaign.
Italy has had a clear affinity with FIM Flat Track throughout its World Cup era: this will be the tenth event staged within its borders. Boves is the country’s sixth different host venue, with previous race meetings held at Speedway venues in Lonigo and Terenzano, the expansive Montegiorgio oval and more recently the city-centre short track in motorsport hotbed Misano.
Located in the foothills of the Maritime Alps, the Bisalta Motor Park opened back in 2013 as a Motocross venue but has recently added a 292 metre long Flat Track oval that is already well bedded in thanks to an Italian Championship Round staged there a month ago. That event was won by current World Championship leader Francesco Cecchini, one of five riders in the field who will have gained from recent experience of the track.
Cecchini will certainly start as the favourite to add to his World Cup wins with a first world title. He was unbeaten from five rides in Pardubice, holds the points lead thanks to that victory at the Czech Round, and hasn’t been beaten since the mid-way through 2016. But his advantage over Lasse Kurvinen in particular is slender and should he finish second to the Finn this weekend it will be his rival who takes honours as the second tie-break favours the rider with the better result from the season finale.
There will be no shortage of spoilers in Boves to interrupt the plans of the lead pair. Daniele Moschini didn’t have the best of visits to the venue in the Italian Championship last month but made a big step forward in Pardubice and arrives at the World Championship finale third overall. Gianni Borgiotti is Francesco Cecchini’s closest rival in the Italian series and will be optimistic of at least challenging him over the afternoon in Boves. And Elia Bartolini should prove a competitive Wild Card: the 17-year-old is a regular in his national Moto3 series and made a World Championship appearance for the Sky Junior Team VR46 team last season – he is also a capable performer on the ovals, and took a recent Italian Championship win in Agognate to prove it.
Britain’s lone representative Tim Greig will be looking to improve on round one where he narrowly missed out on the finals by one spot. Good Luck Tim!
Although the Italian contingent start as the favourites, in total riders from eleven different nationalities will participate in the 2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship finale, the series certain to be settled in a tense Grand Final in Boves.