Ryan Sullivan became the first rider to win two Grands Prix this season when he triumphed at the Ullevi Stadium in Sweden on Saturday night. Sullivan clinched victory in the 2003 FIM Miljopartiet Fans Speedway Grand Prix in Gothenburg ahead of Britain's Scott Nicholls and fellow Aussie Leigh Adams, who is now joint championship leader with Nicki Pedersen of Denmark on 96 points.

Sullivan has had a disappointing season, his World Championship hopes ruined by a succession of injuries, and he now admits: "For the first time in a long while I am riding free of pain. My confidence took a real dip and although I am fit again, and back in training, I still feel I need more races. That will come with time and though I cannot win the World title this year I will be going flat out to win all the three remaining GPs"

Adams, the only rider to have made at least the semi-finals in each of the six rounds so far this year, says that he isn't taking too much notice of the fact that he is leading the championship, the first time he has ever been in that position. "The only time that it really counts is after the last GP," said Adams. "Things are going well at the moment but I am not looking too far ahead. It was difficult tonight, coming back after all the troubles of a week ago, but I must say that both BSI and Ole Olsen did a great job, for the fans and us. The track was so much better."

Nicholls has now been third and second in each of the last two rounds but he was still disappointed. "I had the best gate in the final and felt I should have won from there but Ryan made a great start and that was that."

It was another cruel night for Jason Crump, so unlucky to draw the unfavoured gate four in both his semi-final and final. Crump battled through to take second place in his semi but blew a motor on the line at the start of the final. His only consolation is that only Adams, of the riders ahead of his in the title race, picked up more points than he did.

Pedersen and Tony Rickardsson, joint leaders before the start tonight, failed to reach the semi finals. Rickardsson was the first to be eliminated, collecting only six championship points, his worst of the season. He is now third overall but only a point adrift of Pedersen and Adams. Crump is fourth but only 14 points separate the top five with the seventh stage, in Prague, now only a week away. Nicholls is up to seventh, his highest ever position.
Grand Prix of Scandinavia, Gothenburg:

Result
Ryan Sullivan
Scott Nicholls
Leigh Adams
Jason Crump

Scores from Gothenburg
Ryan Sullivan 25
Scott Nicholls 20
Leigh Adams 18
Jason Crump 16
Greg Hancock 13
Andreas Jonsson 13
Tomasz Gollob 11
Hans Andersen 11
Mikael Max 8
Lee Richardson 8
Nicki Pedersen 7
Peter Ljung 7
Tony Rickardsson 6
Todd Wiltshire 8
Rune Holta 5
Tomasz Bajerski 5
Mark Loram 4
David Ruud 4
Piotr Protasiewicz 3
Bjarne Pedersen 3
Jason Lyons 2
Joonas Kylmakorpi 2
Bohumil Brhel 1
Ronni Pedersen 1
Overall standings after Gothenburgh
Leigh Adams 96
Nicki Pedersen 96
Tony Rickardsson 95
Jason Crump 88
Greg Hancock 82
Ryan Sullivan 79
Scott Nicholls 70
Tomasz Gollob 67
Rune Holta 61
Lukas Dryml 58
Tomasz Bajerski 46
Andreas Jonsson 40
Piotr Protasiewicz 38
Mikael Max 37
Jason Lyons 22
Todd Wiltshire 21
Bjarne Pedersen 21
Lee Richardson 20
Peter Karlsson 20
Hans Andersen 18
Mark Loram 16
Krzysztof Cegielski 15
Bohumil Brehel 15
Ronni Pedersen 14
David Howe 8
Peter Ljung 7
Roman Povazhny 6
Matej Zagar 5
Izak Santej 4
Sebastian Ulamek 4
Charlie Gjedde 4
David Ruud 4
Robert Dados 3
Rafal Kurmanski 3
Simon Stead 3
Sandor Tihanyi 2
Joonas Kylmakorpi 2
Chris Harris 1
Denis Stojs 1
Magnus Zetterstrom 1
Jesper B Jensen 1

 

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