The Speedway Great Britain Premiership 2017 was the top division of British speedway. It was the first time that it was known as the SGB Premiership after changing its name from the Elite League.[9]

Summary

The season ran between March and October 2017 and 8 teams participated (Coventry withdrew from the league before the season started, after they had originally entered the league). The lineup of teams for 2017 was different from the lineup of the 2016 Elite League. The Lakeside Hammers and Coventry Bees dropped out of the league and were replaced by the Rye House Rockets and the Somerset Rebels.[10]

The Swindon Robins were the champions defeating the Wolverhampton Wolves in the Grand Final.[11][12]

Broadcasting rights

British TV broadcasting rights changed hands before the start of the 2017 SGB Premiership season, when Sky withdrew from their negotiated contract with the BSPA. BT then obtained the broadcasting rights for the 2017 season to be shown on their BT Sport channels.[9]

Regulation changes

At the annual Speedway AGM, which was held early in November 2016, it was agreed that speedway in Great Britain would be given what was described as "the biggest revamp of the sport in modern history". This involved numerous alterations to both the regulations and the branding of the sport. The former top level of British speedway, the Elite League, was replaced by the Speedway Great Britain Premiership. Among the most notable changes to the regulations is the reintroduction of promotion and relegation between the top two leagues: the team that finishes in last place in the Premiership will race against the winners of the new second tier of British speedway (the SGB Championship) in order to decide who will compete in the Premiership in 2018.[13]

2017 Teams

Belle Vue Aces

22 June Rohan Tungate replaced Justin Sedgmen in the Belle Vue Aces team[14]

King's Lynn Stars

28 May Simon Lambert replaced Josh Bailey in the King's Lynn Stars team[15]
20 June replaced the injured Nicklas Porsing in the King's Lynn Stars team[16]
24 June King's Lynn Stars signed Danny Ayres to share a reserve position with Simon Lambert[17]
31 July , and Josh Auty replaced Chris Holder, Troy Batchelor and Danny Ayres in the King's Lynn Stars team. Nicklas Porsing to share a reserve position with Simon Lambert[18]

Leicester Lions

24 March Danny King and Josh Bates replaced Andzejs Lebedevs and Kevin Wolbert in the Leicester Lions team[19]
26 April Lasse Bjerre replaced Josh Auty in the Leicester Lions team[20]
13 May Jason Garrity replaced Kacper Gomólski in the Leicester Lions team[21]
22 June Kyle Newman replaced Danny Ayres in the Leicester Lions team[22]
10 July replaced Jason Garrity in the Leicester Lions team[23]

Poole Pirates

29 March Lewis Kerr replaced Kyle Newman in the Poole Pirates team[24]
8 May Kyle Newman replaced Lewis Kerr in the Poole Pirates team[25]
25 May Grzegorz Zengota replaced Krzysztof Kasprzak in the Poole Pirates team[26]
13 June Paul Starke replaced Kyle Newman in the Poole Pirates team[27]
10 July Krzysztof Kasprzak replaced Grzegorz Zengota in the Poole Pirates team[28]
12 July Richie Worrall replaced the injured Brady Kurtz in the Poole Pirates team[29]
15 July replaced Nicolai Klindt in the Poole Pirates team[30]
21 July Edward Kennett replaced Krzysztof Kasprzak in the Poole Pirates team[31]
10 August Brady Kurtz replaced Richie Worrall in the Poole Pirates team[32]

Rye House Rockets

21 April Ricky Wells replaced Davey Watt in the Rye House Rockets team[33]
1 July Ben Barker and Justin Sedgmen replaced Edward Kennett and Ellis Parks in the Rye House Rockets team[34]
29 July Krzysztof Kasprzak and Ben Morley replaced Justin Sedgmen and for the injured Robert Branford in the Rye House Rockets team[35]

Somerset Rebels

15 May Richard Lawson, Lewis Kerr and replaced Rohan Tungate, Paul Starke and Jan Graversen in the Somerset Rebels team[36]
6 June replaced Patrick Hougaard in the Somerset Rebels team[37]
25 July Patrick Hougaard replaced in the Somerset Rebels team[38]

Swindon Robins

11 May replaced in the Swindon Robins team[39]
11 July Tobiasz Musielak replaced in the Swindon Robins team[40]

Wolverhampton Wolves

20 April Rory Schlein and replaced Adam Skornicki and Max Clegg in the Wolverhampton Wolves team[41]
19 July Ellis Perks replaced in the Wolverhampton Wolves team[42]

Results

Teams face each other four times: twice home and twice away. The first of the home and away meetings are called the 'A' fixtures, and the second are the 'B' fixtures.

'A' fixtures

Home \ Away BV KL LEI PP RYE SOM SWI WOL
Belle Vue Aces 48–43 48–42 46–46 52–38 44–46 48–42 54–38
King's Lynn Stars 40–50 48–42 40–52 49–41 53–37 52–41 34–58
Leicester Lions 41–49 54–38 34–56 44–46 48–42 48–42 36–57
Poole Pirates 43–47 44–49 52–40 50–33 54–36 45–47 46–44
Rye House Rockets 44–46 50–42 54–36 49–44 52–38 37–53 51–41
Somerset Rebels 50–40 44–46 61–30 47–43 54–38 44–46 44–49
Swindon Robins 44–46 45–48 52–40 45–45 50–42 57–35 46–45
Wolverhampton Wolves 48–42 59–30 45–44 44–48 55–37 62–28 49–43
Source: [43]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

'B' fixtures

Home \ Away BV KL LEI PP RYE SOM SWI WOL
Belle Vue Aces 54–39 42–48 59–31 58–33 49–41 35–49 53–40
King's Lynn Stars 45–48 50–40 43–50 44–46 43–47 40–50 21–41
Leicester Lions 40–50 62–28 45–45 46–44 57–33 45–46 41–49
Poole Pirates 53–40 59–33 56–34 30–60 44–45 36–56 48–45
Rye House Rockets 48–44 65–26 55–38 56–35 60–30 46–29 48–42
Somerset Rebels 55–35 41–49 42–42 45–48 48–42 37–53 45–44
Swindon Robins 48–42 48–41 50–41 56–34 57–33 54–35 52–40
Wolverhampton Wolves 49–41 48–24 54–39 50–43 50–41 56–34 52–38
Source: [43]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Final League Table

Up to and including Wednesday 13 September

Pos. Club M Home Away F A +/− Pts
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Swindon Robins 28 11 1 2 5 3 0 3 3 1339 1181 +158 66
2 Wolverhampton Wolves 28 13 0 1 4 1 0 5 4 1354 1151 +197 63
3 Belle Vue Aces 28 10 1 3 3 4 0 3 4 1310 1224 +86 58
4 Poole Pirates 28 8 0 6 3 2 3 2 4 1286 1268 +18 50
5 Rye House Rockets 28 12 0 2 1 2 0 1 9 1289 1237 +52 48
6 Somerset Rebels 28 7 1 6 0 3 0 1 10 1184 1338 -154 32
7 King's Lynn Stars 28 5 0 9 1 3 0 1 9 1138 1364 -226 29
8 Leicester Lions 28 6 1 7 0 1 1 3 9 1197 1334 -137 27

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2017 SGB Premiership Play-Offs

Draw

  Semi Finals Grand Final
                         
Poole Pirates 44 38 82  
Swindon Robins 46 51 97  
    Swindon Robins 43 47 90
  Wolverhampton Wolves 47 42 89
Wolverhampton Wolves 51 39 90
Belle Vue Aces 38 51 89  

Home team scores are in Dark Black

Semi-Finals

11 September [45] Poole Pirates 44–46 Swindon Robins Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Mick Bates


25 September [46] Swindon Robins 51–38 Poole Pirates
Referee(s):
Graham Flint


25 September [47] Wolverhampton Wolves 51–38 Belle Vue Aces Monmore Green
Referee(s):
Willie Dishington


29 September [48] Belle Vue Aces 51–39 Wolverhampton Wolves National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Phil Griffin


Grand Final

2 October [49] Swindon Robins 43–47 Wolverhampton Wolves
Referee(s):
Christina Turnbull


4 October [50] Wolverhampton Wolves 42–47 Swindon Robins Monmore Green
Referee(s):
Chris Durno

2017 SGB Premiership and Championship Promotion and Relegation Play-Off

Promotion and Relegation Play-Off

9 October [51] Sheffield Tigers 32–58 Leicester Lions Owlerton Stadium
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


16 October [52] Leicester Lions 49–41 Sheffield Tigers
Referee(s):
Mick Bates

2017 SGB Premiership Team KO Cup

The 2017 Knockout Cup was the 75th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. The competition returned after a four-year absence under a new name, it had previously been known as the Elite League Knockout Cup. Belle Vue Aces were the winners of the competition for a 14th time.

Draw

  Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                                         
1 Somerset Rebels 49 42 91  
8 Leicester Lions 41 48 89  
    Wolverhampton Wolves 59 37 96  
    Somerset Rebels 31 53 84  
4 King's Lynn Stars 36 42 78
5 Wolverhampton Wolves 54 48 102  
    Wolverhampton Wolves 50 38 88
    Belle Vue Aces 40 52 92
3 Rye House Rockets 41 39 80  
6 Swindon Robins 49 51 100  
    Swindon Robins 50 38 88
    Belle Vue Aces 39 52 91  
2 Poole Pirates 46 33 79
7 Belle Vue Aces 44 57 111  

Home team scores are in bold

Quarter-Finals

7 April [53] Somerset Rebels 49–41 Leicester Lions Oak Tree Arena
Referee(s):
Dave Robinson


15 April [54] Leicester Lions 48–42 Somerset Rebels
Referee(s):
Margaret Vardy


14 June [55] King's Lynn Stars 36–54 Wolverhampton Wolves
Referee(s):
Paul Carrington


26 June [56] Wolverhampton Wolves 48–42 King's Lynn Stars Monmore Green
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


8 April [57] Rye House Rockets 41–49 Swindon Robins Rye House Stadium
Referee(s):
Paul Carrington


13 April [58] Swindon Robins 51–39 Rye House Rockets
Referee(s):
Tony Steele


5 April [59] Poole Pirates 46–44 Belle Vue Aces Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Christina Turnball


7 April [60] Belle Vue Aces 57–33 Poole Pirates National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Graham Flint


Semi-Finals

20 September [61] Wolverhampton Wolves 59–31 Somerset Rebels Monmore Green
Referee(s):
Margaret Vardy


6 October [62] Somerset Rebels 53–37 Wolverhampton Wolves Oak Tree Arena
Referee(s):
David Watters


14 September [63] Swindon Robins 50–39 Belle Vue Aces
Referee(s):
Chris Gay


22 September [64] Belle Vue Aces 52–38 Swindon Robins National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
David Watters


Grand Final

10 October [65] Wolverhampton Wolves 50–40 Belle Vue Aces Monmore Green
Referee(s):
Ronnie Allan


16 October [66] Belle Vue Aces 52–38 Wolverhampton Wolves National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Graham Flint

2017 SGB Premiership Elite Shield

27 March [67] Wolverhampton Wolves 50–40 Poole Pirates Monmore Green
Referee(s):
Margaret Vardy


29 March [68] Poole Pirates 58–32 Wolverhampton Wolves Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Ronnie Allan

Final Leading averages

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Rider Team Average
Australia Jason Doyle Swindon 10.26
Sweden Freddie Lindgren Wolverhampton 9.95
Australia Nick Morris Swindon 9.42
Sweden Jacob Thorssell Wolverhampton 9.33
Denmark Kenneth Bjerre Belle Vue 8.98
England Craig Cook Belle Vue 8.68
Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Rye House 8.64
Australia Rory Schlein Wolverhampton 8.61
England Chris Harris Rye House 8.47
Australia Brady Kurtz Poole 8.47

See also

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