HERBIE'S SWALLOWS STAY TOP
Sunday 20th May 2012, 20:05
World champion Greg Hancock kept Tarnow top of the Polish Ekstraliga after taking the chequered flag in a last-heat decider to seal a 46-44 win at home to second-placed Gorzow on Sunday.
The Californian accrued 12 points against the boys in blue and yellow, led by Monster Energy stable mate Tomasz Gollob.
Mr G, who ended up on 12 paid 13, was left at the back in heat 15. Although Gorzow’s Niels-Kristian Iversen split Hancock and his team mate Janusz Kolodziej, the Swallows triumphed.
Kolodziej continued his solid season in the Ekstraliga by bagging 11, while World Under-21 champion Maciej Janowski added eight paid nine at reserve.
Iversen shone for the visitors on 12. Krzysztof Kasprzak weighed in with nine on his old home track and Michael Jepsen Jensen notched eight paid 10 points.
Australian champion Chris Holder cruised to a 13 paid 15-point maximum in Czestochowa as his Torun team recorded a crucial 52-38 win.
His fellow countrymen Ryan Sullivan and Darcy Ward backed up him up superbly, scoring 12 and 11 paid 12 respectively. Polish international Adrian Miedzinski added nine paid 10.
The Lions struggled badly without injured Russian talisman Grigory Laguta. Miroslaw Jablonski top-scored for them on 10 paid 11 and SGP star Chris Harris marked his return to the side with nine paid 11 from seven outings.
Russian Grand Prix rider Emil Sayfutdinov tallied 13 points to inspire Bydgoszcz to a 52-38 victory over Wroclaw at the Polonia Stadium.
He was supported by a solid team display, which saw Polish veteran Robert Kosciecha notch 11 paid 13, Krzysztof Buczkowski collect nine paid 10 and Tomasz Gapinski total eight paid 10.
Former SGP regular Sebastian Ulamek led Wroclaw’s resistance with 13 paid 14 from seven, while Tomasz Jedrzejak picked up 12 and Freddie Lindgren accumulated 11.
European SGP wild card Przemyslaw Pawlicki followed up his World Under-21 Championship quarter final win in Blijham on Saturday by bagging a 12 paid 15-point max in Leszno’s 50-40 win over Gdansk at the Alfred Smoczyk Stadium.
World No.3 Jaroslaw Hampel piled up 11, along with Croatian hotshot Jurica Pavlic.
Czech SGP winner Nicki Pedersen remains in white-hot form and left with 15 points to his name, while FIM Swedish Grand Prix wild card Thomas H Jonasson tallied 12.
In the First Division, Rio Rocket Antonio Lindback blasted to a 13 paid 15-point full house to lead Gniezno to a 57-33 triumph at home to Ostrow. His SGP rival Bjarne Pedersen picked up 10.
Elsewhere, Grudziadz star Peter Ljung was taken to hospital, along with team mates Davey Watt and Andrey Karpov, as his side endured a nightmare 61-29 loss at Lodz.
Watt crashed out of the meeting in heat nine, while Karpov and Ljung hit the deck in heat 13. The Aussie international faces a week on the sidelines with a neck injury, but his colleagues are just said to be battered and bruised.
Grand Prix rider Hans Andersen completed the meeting for Grudziadz, but managed just two paid four from four outings.
For full details of the day’s Ekstraliga scorers, plus all the latest from Poland, Britain, Sweden and Denmark, click here: http://speedwaygp.com/league_results.