A carefully selected team of U.S. riders will take on the world's best up-and-coming speedway racers on Thursday, April 12, in Rivne, Ukraine, at the first round of the 2012 FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championships.
The U.S. riders include Ricky Wells, Yorba Linda, Calif.; Russell Green, Gardena, Calif.; Gino Manzares, Corona, Calif.; Michael Buman, Binghamton, N.Y.; Bryce Starts, Auburn, Calif.; Dylan Black, Hesperia, Calif.; and Brad Pappalardo, Corona, Calif.
"While the sport of speedway is still growing in the United States, this fast-paced spectacle on two-wheels is one of the most popular motorsports overseas," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "The AMA is proud to be represented by this talented group of young riders who will face the world's toughest competition as they race for American honor."
After the opener in the Ukraine, the four-round series moves to Great Britain, Germany then Poland. The final will take place on Sept. 12 in Gniezno, Poland.
In 2011, the Russian team won the FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championship in its own Trud Stadium of Balakovo, Russia. Team Denmark finished second and Team Ukraine got third. The U.S. team did not qualify for the final in 2011.
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