Wednesday 8th August 2012, 13:55
Tomasz Gollob’s manager Thomas Gaszynski admits the Pole is still searching for consistency as he prepares for the FIM Fogo Italian SGP in Terenzano on Saturday.
Gollob has reached four out of the seven finals so far this season, finishing second in Leszno, third in Prague and Gorican and fourth on his Ekstraliga home track Gorzow.
Another last-four berth would aid his quest for a medal as he is currently fifth in the World Championship on 77 points, putting him 10 behind Jason Crump, who occupies third place.
Even though Gollob has hit double figures in five rounds so far this year, Gaszynski says the 41-year-old could be putting more points on the board.
"The trick is to be able to score points from heat one to heat 23 â€“ take seven rides and get points from all of them."
- Thomas Gaszynski
He said: “This season has been really up and down for us. We started really well, hit a bit of a dip, which was down to the big crash Tomek had in Sweden (on May 22), and now we’re going up again.
“The only thing we’re lacking is consistency. Even though Tomek is making the finals, we’re not putting as many points on the board as we should.
“In Prague the beginning of the meeting went fantastic, then we dipped off and picked it up again. In the last two, we’ve started off badly and then gained momentum from race to race. The trick is to be able to score points from heat one to heat 23 – take seven rides and get points from all of them.”
Even though Gollob’s form appears to be on the up, Gaszynski knows the Gorzow and Hammarby man faces a huge battle to land an SGP series medal.
He said: “That’s our minimum – to be up there in the medals at the end of the season. But there are about five or six guys who, in theory, can do it and there are only three medals given out.
“The fans should be extremely happy that it hasn’t all been decided halfway through the season.
“A medal in any year is fantastic and if they’re giving them away, we’ll take them! Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to work for them. We’ve got five rounds to go, we’ll be there and we’ll be pushing for them.”
Gollob won the first two SGP rounds staged at Terenzano in 2009 and 2010. His victory on September 25, 2010 clinched him the World Championship gold medal he had craved his entire career.
The Bydgoszcz-born legend managed just five points at the venue last year. But Gaszynski says confidence is high in the Gollob camp, particularly after the rider scored 12 paid 13 points to lead Gorzow to a 45-45 draw at local rivals Zielona Gora on Tuesday.
He said: “Our hopes and aspirations are high as far as Terenzano is concerned. Two out of three meetings have been very good for Tomek there. We’ll see how he goes on Saturday.
“It’s a very specific track and for some of the boys it works alright. Others just can’t get it dialled in, which we can understand completely.
“We proved we could do it in the first two years, but last season was a disaster. So we’ll see what we can do this time around.”
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