Sunday 17th June 2012, 13:49
Tomasz Gollob’s manager Thomas Gaszynski admits the 2010 world champion is “having a nightmare season with the setup” as he bids to stay in the World Championship race.
Gollob left the FIM Dansk Metal Danish SGP in Copenhagen on June 9 with just three points having finished last in four of his heats.
He is still fifth in the SGP standings on 52 points, but the Bydgoszcz-born legend now trails series leader Greg Hancock by 17 in the race for the title.
All is definitely not lost for Gollob, who scored 15 points in Auckland, finished second with 16 in Leszno and left Prague with a bronze medal and 12 points.
But Gaszynski admits the 41-year-old is having problems finding the formula to get himself off the line and into the first corner in front.
"We canâ€™t get out of the start; thatâ€™s our main problem. If he gets out of the start, heâ€™s alright on the track."
- Thomas Gaszynski
He said: “Tomek feels good – we’re just having a nightmare season with the setup. We can’t get out of the start; that’s our main problem. If he gets out of the start, he’s alright on the track.
“But if you miss the start against the world-class riders that were there in Copenhagen, it’s done. It’s over. It’s not a matter of his riding – it’s a matter of getting the bike setup right.”
There will be one less Polish representative at the FIM Gorzow SGP of Poland on Saturday night as Jaroslaw Hampel sits the meeting out to recover from the broken leg he suffered at PARKEN.
Despite Gollob’s huge rivalry with his compatriot, he was one of the first men on track to check on Hampel.
Gaszynski said: “We both ran out there – Tomek and myself. Rivalry on the track is one thing, but we’re good friends. We saw a friend go down and we all saw what happened.
“We came over and tried to help and comfort him as much as possible. We knew he was in agonising pain and that was all we could do. I hope he gets better soon and comes back fighting.”