April 13, 2022 – Speedway’s 100th anniversary begins in Međimurje when it will host the Tehnix FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Croatia on April 30!
After ten years, the World Speedway Championship returns to Međimurje, to the Millennium Stadium, where the 16 best drivers in the world will compete. Last season’s runner-up Bartosz Zmarzlik leads drivers from all over the world, but also a representative of the host, Slovenian champion Matej Žagar, who will drive as a wildcard. In addition, two reserve drivers come from Hungary and Slovenia, Nick Skorija and Denis Fazekas.
“We expect a sold-out stadium, about 7,000 visitors, of which 3,500 tourists will spend the night from Zagreb to Sv. Martin and record 20,000 overnight stays during this event alone,” said Darija Pavlic, the director of the Tehnix FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Croatia and a representative of the FIM World Motorcycle Federation, when presenting one of the largest sporting events in Croatia this year.
“This will also be an opportunity to celebrate 17 years of our stadium in Donji Kraljevec, after which Warsaw and Prague will host the GP until the 11th race in Australia,” the director added, thus making it clear that the Međimurje race is on the calendar of other major world centers. Furthermore, the quality was recognized by FIM and the new promoter Discovery Sport Event as the owners of Eurosport, which will broadcast the speedway and the image of Međimurje to 40 countries around the world.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Sandra Herman continued praising the Pavlic family. The entire team gathered at the Speedway Club Millennium for the strong desire, will, and knowledge to organize such competitions.
“I am glad that we are coming to this mega event for Croatia after the break, as such sports events greatly contribute to the development of tourism, especially in the continent. We all know that our successful athletes are the best promoters of the whole country. This race is crucial for the development of continental tourism, and we are delighted that all accommodation capacities in Međimurje and neighboring counties are already filled. We will always encourage such events, and our new tourism development strategy until 2030 emphasizes the development of sports tourism and active vacations in the coming period,” said Herman.
Međimurje County Prefect Matija Posavec especially commented on the pride that this race would be held in 2022, when Međimurje was the first to win the European Region of Sport title.
“There are several basic reasons why this event is of special importance; one is certainly how this great spectacle is held in Međimurje, which proudly bears the title of sports region, while the other is that the race is held on Međimurje County Day, or April 30. In addition, this gives us the chance to promote our identity and values and be more recognizable throughout Europe and the world. The added value is that it also marks 100 years of the speedway. Here we have a team of people who are perhaps the only ones in Međimurje and Croatia who are the real promoters of the speedway as a sport. Thank you, Zvonko, Jura, and Darija,” Posavec emphasized and invited everyone to the race on Međimurje County Day.
Zvonimir and Jurica Pavlic are the sports hosts and responsible for the stadium, the track, and the processes. They proudly announced that the track would be prepared in the best possible way to the satisfaction of all drivers. Although the celebrated driver decided to end his career, Jura emphasized that this is not forgotten and that adrenaline will pull him to the track. He mentioned how nice it is to watch from the outside and prepare the track for his friends and colleagues.
“Our goal is to prepare the track so that the race is as even as possible so that the audience enjoys all the fights and one attractive speedway day,” added Jura.
Zvonimir pointed out how proud he is that young people took the helm.
“What I can say is that I am happy that the organization is committed to quality and good hands, but also that it has been proven that after the speedway, there will be – a speedway. Both Jura and I were competitors, so as a driver, I can say that the event awaits us, something that will be remembered,” said Pavlic, announcing the technically extremely demanding preparations and the race itself.