Emil Damirovich Sayfutdinov (Russian: Эмиль Дамирович Сайфутдинов; born 26 October 1989 in Salavat, Russia) is a Russian motorcycle speedway rider and member of the Russian national teams (senior and U-21). He won the 2007 and 2008 Under-21 World Championship. He is also a two-time winner of the European Championships in 2014, 2015. He has won Speedway of Nations with Russia two-times in 2018, 2019. He is a permanent rider of the 2019 Speedway Grand Prix. He has won seven Grand Prix.
Sayfutdinov gained his speedway licence in 2005, just before his 16th birthday. He started his career in the Russian league with Mega-Lada Togliatti. His team won the Russian Champion title, and Sayfutdinov was one Mega-Lada's best riders with an average of 2.271 (15th place in league). He won the Individual under-21 Russian Championship and was 6th in the Russian Senior Championship. He also won the Russian Pairs Championship title with Mega-Lada that year.
In international competitions he started in Individual U-19 European Championship. In Semi-Final C in Daugavpils, Latvia he was won qualification to the Final. But he was too young and was not allowed to take part – the minimum age of a rider is 16 years of age at the start of each year.
In 2006, he signed for Polish team Polonia Bydgoszcz, the then Polish League Runner-up. On 9 April 2006, he rode in his first meeting in the Polish Ekstraliga (Wrocław vs Bydgoszcz 53:37). He started in only one heat – finishing last behind Tomasz Gapiński, Hans N. Andersen and Piotr Protasiewicz. On 23 March 2006, (Bydgoszcz vs Tarnów 44:46) he scored his first points in the Ekstraliga (finishing second behind with his team mate Krzysztof Buczkowski, he beat Paweł Hlib and Kamil Zieliński). Polonia Bydgoszcz finished 3rd in Polish Championship - Emil's Average was 1.353 (38th place). He started in Team U-21 Polish Championship – Polonia finished 2nd place in Qualifying Group C.
Sayfutdinov did not race in the Russian league in 2006, therefore he could not defended his titles, and the Motorcycle Federation of Russia did not nominate him for any international competitions.
In 2007, Sayfutdinov remained with Polonia Bydgoszcz in Poland. It was very bad season for Bydgoszcz – they finished last in the Ekstraliga and were relegated from the top division for first time in their history. Sayfutdinov's average was 1.463 (36th place). He also made his debut in the Swedish Elitserien with Masarna Avesta who finished in 5th place in league.
He returned to Russian league in 2007 with Mega-Lada Togliatti. Sayfutdinov won the Russian League Championship title and a bronze medal in Russian Pairs Championship. Mega-Lada took part in the European Club Champions' Cup – Sayfutdinov scored 0 points – but his team came 3rd in final. In the Individual under-21 Russian Championship he finished second.
In June, Sayfutdinov took part in the Team U-21 World Championship. Sayfutdinov was Russia's top points scorer in the Qualifying Round 1, but Russia finished last and were knocked out of the competition. With the senior team – in July – he participated in the 2007 Speedway World Cup with Russia, finishing in sixth place. After winning the quarter and semi-finals, he qualified to the Individual U-21 World Championship Final. On 9 September 2007, Emil Sayfutdinov became the World Under-21 Champion for the first time with a 15-point maximum score, breaking the track record twice during the meeting.
In 2008, Sayfutdinov remained with Polonia Bydgoszcz in Polish First League (second division). Polonia won league were promoted back to the Ekstraliga. In Swedish Elitserien he rode for Masarna Avesta, who were relegated after finishing the season in last place. In Russia, with Mega-Lada Togliatti, he won league championship title again. Sayfutdinov won Individual U-21 Russian Champion title and won the silver medal in the Russian Senior Championship. With Mega-Lada he took part in the European Club Champions' Cup Final and won the European Club title.
In June, he started in Team U-21 World Championship Qualifying Round 1, but the Russian team finished last again. In July, he participated in the 2008 Speedway World Cup. In the semi-final he was the top point scorer for Russia with 14 points. Sayfutdinov did not take part in the race-off because he was taking part in the Individual U-21 World Championship Semi-Final, where he won qualification to the final. On 4 October 2008, he defended his World Under-21 Champion title, becoming the first rider to ever do so. In the final he beat Chris Holder again, and Jurica Pavlic.
He started in the 2009 Speedway Grand Prix Qualification, but in the "Qualifying Round 3" he finished 8th and was knocked out of the competition. On 2008-10-28 Speedway Grand Prix Promoter and the SGP Commission nominated him as "permanent wild card" to 2009 Speedway Grand Prix.
2009 was Sayfutdinov's first season in the Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) and at 19 years old, he is the youngest permanent rider in SGP history. He made his debut on 25 April at the Czech Grand Prix in Prague. In his first heat (heat 3), he was second to Jason Crump. In heat 15, he won his first SGP heat – beating Grzegorz Walasek, Sebastian Ułamek and Chris Harris. Sayfutdinov qualified for the final which he won, making him the youngest ever rider to win a Grand Prix. On 27 June at the British GP in Cardiff, on heat 5 Emil had a fight on the track with Scott Nicholls. The final round of 2009 season will be at his home track in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He won 3 Grand Prix and finish 3 overall in his first season at the sport top level competition.
During the 2009 season he is riding for Polonia Bydgoszcz (Poland), Piraterna Motala (Sweden), Vojens Speedway Klub (Denmark and Turbina Balakovo (Russia). Sayfutdinov with Denis Gizatullin and Andrey Kudryashov was won Pairs Russia Cup for Turbina Balakovo; Emil scored maximum 16 points and 2 bonus in six heats.
Emil started the season in the best way with a third place in the Polish Grand Prix in Leszno. But in the Czech Grand Prix, Emil was involved in a serious crash, and he broke his arm. After a break, he was back, ready to fight in the Grand Prix in Malilla, Sweden. He started out making two 3rd places and then two 2nd places before he crashed again, and broke his arm once again. After that, he did not race again in the Grand Prix that year
He started out with a 3rd place, just like the previous year, in the first Grand Prix in Leszno. That was his only time on the podium until last round in Gorzow where he made another 3rd place. He was 6th overall in the Grand Prix for 2011 which was enough to be one of the eight best and automatically qualify for the 2012 Grand Prix.
Emil Sayfutdinov resign from Individual U-21 World Championship, because he started in four league and Grand Prix and it is too much meeting for him. Sayfutdinov was nominated to Russia team to Team U-21 World Championship Qualifying Round 2, but Russia was withdrew. In July, he will be participated in the 2009 Speedway World Cup for Russia.
Due a injury and financial costs force Emil Sayfutdinov to withdraw from Speedway Grand Prix Series, he join the European Championships Series (SEC). He won the 2014 European Championships.
Sayfutdinov won in 2015 again the European Championship.
After 3 years away from the World Championships, Sayfutdinov return to the series, he finish sixth in the championships.
His parents are Tatar father Damir and Russian mother Tamara; his brother, Denis (born 2 June 1981) is also a speedway rider. Denis was a member of the Russian team during the 2002 Speedway World Cup and 2004 Speedway World Cup Qualification.
In March 2009, Sayfutdinov gained Polish citizenship. Before the 2010 season, his Polish club Polonia Bydgoszcz applied to Main Commission of Speedway Sport (GKSŻ) for him to be exempt from the Polish speedway licence (Licencja "Ż") exam based on his individual honours (including bronze medal in the 2009 Speedway Grand Prix and two Individual Speedway Junior World Championship titles). GKSŻ excepted him and on April 22, 2010 confirmed Sayfutdinov as domestic rider and known as Emil Sajfutdinow. In the Speedway Ekstraliga minimum three riders must have Polish licency. In international competitions he will continue to represent Russia.
He currently lives at the Zielona Tarasy (Green Terrace) residential estate in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Speedway Grand Prix results
|1 (1)||Prague||1||17||(2,0,2,3,1) +3 +3||10|
|2 (2)||Leszno||6||9||(0,2,2,3,2) +0||10|
|3 (3)||Göteborg||1||20||(0,2,3,3,3) +3 +3||4|
|4 (4)||Copenhagen||5||14||(3,3,3,2,3) +T||3|
|6 (6)||Daugavpils||6||10||(2,1,1,3,2) +1||3|
|8 (8)||Vojens||4||14||(3,2,3,2,1) +3 +X||12|
|9 (9)||Krško||1||24||(3,3,3,3,3) +3 +3||13|
|10 (10)||Terenzano||6||11||(3,3,1,1,3) +0||16|
|1 (1)||Leszno||3||14||(3,1,1,3,2) +2 +1||12|
|2 (2)||Göteborg||7||8||(0,3,2,0,3) +0||11|
- Individual World Championship (Speedway Grand Prix)
- 2009 - as permanent rider
- Team World Championship (Speedway World Cup)
- 2007 - 6th place
- 2008 - 6th place (started in Semi-Final only)
- 2009 - 4th place
- Individual U-21 World Championship (Under-21 World Championship)
- 2007 - POL Ostrów Wlkp. - World Champion (15 points)
- 2008 - CZE Pardubice - World Champion (14 points)
- Team U-21 World Championship (U-21 Speedway World Cup)
- 2007 - 4th place in Qualifying Round 2
- 2008 - 4th place in Qualifying Round 1
- 2009 - team withdrew from Qualifying Round 2
- European Club Champions' Cup
- 2007 - Miskolc - 3rd place (0 points)
- 2008 - Slaný - Winner (13 points)
- Individual Speedway Russian Junior Championship
- 2005 - Winner
- 2007 - Silver medal
- 2008 - Winner
- Russian Pairs Speedway Championship
- 2005 - Winner
- 2007 - Bronze medal
- 2009 - Winner
- Team Polish Championship
- 2006 - 3rd with Bydgoszcz
- 2007 - 8th place with Bydgoszcz
- 2008 - First League winner with Bydgoszcz
- Russian League Championship
- 2005 - Winner
- 2007 - Winner
- 2008 - Winner
- 2009 - Winner
- Polish Team U-21 Championship
- 2006 - 2nd place in Qualification Group C