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Last Updated: 26/04/11 3:14pm

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Gollob: World champion (Pic credit:

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The 2011 Grand Prix series promises to be one of the most exciting and open ever with a mixture of experience and youth all vying to be the next world champion.

(Prices to be 2011 World Champion)

Tomasz Gollob - 5/2 - The reigning champ but will find it harder this year. Still using his favoured old silencers in Poland on his bikes in the league but will have to adapt to use the new silencers in the Grand Prix series. There are three meetings in Poland this year including one at his own league track for the Polish GP in Torun. I think he may not find full form for the opening European GP but should be up there in most GP's this season.

Best Chances for GP Victory - Danish GP (Jun 30th) , Scandinavian GP (Aug 13th) , Polish GP (Aug 27th)

Jason Crump - 5/1 - The three-time World Champion will be looking to have a good year after having surgery on his upper arm. Crump suffered severe damage to his bicep in a racing incident in September 2009 and struggled for fitness during for the 2010 campaign, yet he still finished third in the world championship table. He should now be near full fitness as the new GP Series starts and it will be no surprise if he wins the opening Grand Prix of the season.

Best Chances for GP Victory - European GP (Apr 30th) , Great Britain GP (Jun 25th) , Scandinavian GP (Aug 13th)

Emil Sayfutdinov - 6/1 - Missed most of the 2010 season due to breaking his arm in the Czech GP. In 2009, Emil made a stunning start in his debut Grand Prix season finishing third in the World Championships at only 19-years-old. He ruffled a few feathers in the 2009 campaign and the other more experienced riders certainly knew a new kid was on the block. Should have a very big year ahead of him.

Best Chances for GP Victory - European GP (Apr 30th) , Czech GP (May 28th)

Janusz Kolodziej - 7/1 - Another Polish rider who should have a good season. Has made some very good cameo appearances in the Grands Prix making two finals from two rides in 2010 and will now be looking to be a constant threat over the course of a full debut series.

Best Chances for GP Victory - European GP (Apr 30th) , Polish GP(Aug 27th)

Nicki Pedersen - 8/1 - Another former world champion who had a shocking 2009 campaign and was expected to bounce back in 2010 but a challenge never materialised. If Nicki can focus his mind on the job then he could roll back the years and challenge once again. The new final GP of the season is at his home Polish league track.

Best Chances for GP Victory - Czech GP (May 28th) , Polish II GP (Oct 8th)

Jaroslaw Hampel - 8/1 - Finished second in the world championships last year but with only one GP win to his name he needs to start winning more if he wants to lift the trophy. The opening European GP is at his home Polish league track so will be hoping to get off to a good start.

Best Chances for GP Victory - European GP (Apr 28th) , Czech GP (May 28th)

Rune Holta - 14/1 - A consistent performer who makes a lot of semi-finals and finals but has only won two from 80 Grands Prix. Not likely to win the World Championships and will be looking for a top five finish.

Best Chances for GP Victory - Nordic GP (Sep 10th)

Chris Holder - 20/1 - Holder has come in for heavy support and we have cut his odds to 20/1 from 40/1. Highlight of his 2010 GP series was the fantastic win at the Millennium Stadium to lift the British GP trophy.

Best Chances for GP Victory - British GP (Jun 25th)

Andreas Jonsson - 20/1 - Has never really unleashed his full potential in the Grand Prix series. Will be looking to show his true potential in 2011. He will have a good chance to end the season on a high in the Polish II GP, his home Polish league track.

Best Chances for GP Victory - Polish II GP (Oct 8th)

Greg Hancock - 25/1 - A seasoned pro and all-round nice guy and a fans' favourite. Always gives his all but unlikely to be anywhere near winning the championship. However, he will certainly give some of the riders a run for their money in many of the Grands Prix this year.

Best Chances for GP Victory - European GP (Apr 30th) , British GP (Jun 25th)

Fredrik Lindgren - 25/1 - At times unbeatable in the Elite League for Wolves but hasn't had the same impact in the Grand Prix series. Despite his abundance of talent, has never won a Grand Prix.

Best Chances for GP Victory - British GP (Jun 25th), Scandinavian GP (Aug 13th)

Kenneth Bjerre - 33/1 - Has improved in the GP series over the last couple of years but like Lindgren has never shown his true potential over the full season.

Best Chances for GP Victory - Nordic GP (Sep 10th)

Chris Harris - 40/1 - The only British rider in this year's line-up. Always gives his all but has only made six finals in 44 Grands Prix but he does have the memorable British GP win from 2007 against his name.

Best Chances for GP Victory - British GP (Jun 25th)

Antonio Lindback - 50/1 - A fantastic talent a few years ago but has had plenty of off-track problems, which caused his speedway career to nosedive. A Chance to show the speedway world he has turned his life around and ready to race at the very highest level again.

Best Chances for GP Victory -Scandinavian GP (Aug 13th)

Artem Laguta - 200/1 -The young Russian is likely to be way out of his depth at this level and hard to see him making any impact in 2011.

Best Chances for GP Victory - none

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