ZAGAR ZOOMS IN GORZOW
Sunday 19th August 2012, 22:07
Slovenian star Matej Zagar completed an astonishing haul of 29 points in 24 hours at the Edward Jancarz Stadium to inspire Gorzow to back-to-back wins against Czestochowa and Wroclaw.
The former SGP regular racked up a 15-point maximum as Gorzow destroyed the Lions 61-28 on Saturday night. And he managed 14 as they battered Wroclaw 57-33 on Sunday.
The Ljubljana-born man couldn’t be hitting form at a better time as the Ekstraliga play-offs approach, as well as the GP Challenge at Gorican on September 29.
Danish star Niels-Kristian Iversen followed up his 12 paid 15-point full house against the Lions with nine paid 13 on Sunday. Krzysztof Kasprzak also went unbeaten on 14 paid 15 points on Saturday and accrued a more modest eight against Wroclaw.
Michael Jepsen Jensen tallied 10 on Sunday – an improvement on his eight against Czestochowa.
But Polish star Tomasz Gollob was below par on Saturday, scoring just four paid five against the Lions. He had a better meeting against Wroclaw, notching seven paid nine.
His SGP rival Freddie Lindgren tallied 10 for Wroclaw, while his compatriot Dennis Andersson impressed on nine paid 10.
Elsewhere, world champion Greg Hancock warmed up for the FIM Fogo British SGP in Cardiff by collecting 11 points as table-topping Tarnow annihilated Zielona Gora 61-28.
But the star of the show was Danish international Leon Madsen, who stormed to a 14 paid 15-point maximum. Polish hotshot Janusz Kolodziej added 12 paid 14, World Under-21 champion Maciej Janowski bagged 12 paid 13 and SGP first reserve Martin Vaculik shone on 11 paid 13.
World No.2 Andreas Jonsson was the best of a poor Zielona Gora team, scoring eight from seven.
Torun inflicted more misery on basement side Gdansk as SGP title contender Chris Holder scored 12 points to lead his side to a 46-43 win away to their coastal rivals.
Darcy Ward supported him well on 10 paid 13, while their former Poole team mate Adrian Miedzinski added 10 paid 12. Aussie veteran Ryan Sullivan piled up a straight 10.
Danish champion Nicki Pedersen responded with 14 for the hosts. Tomas H Jonasson scored 10 from four, but pulled out of his last ride on his first meeting back from injury.
Leszno produced a powerful team display in the absence of Jaroslaw Hampel to defeat Rzeszow 53-37 at the Alfred Smoczyk Stadium.
Aussie international Troy Batchelor top-scored on 11 paid 12, while Damian Balinski and Przemyslaw Pawlicki contributed 10 apiece to the Bulls’ total. Piotr Pawlicki added nine paid 11.
Grzegorz Walasek stormed to 16 for the visitors, while Jason Crump accrued eight paid nine and Rafal Okoniewski followed up his Polish Championship silver medal with a straight nine.
In the day’s other Ekstraliga meeting, Swedish champion Daniel Nermark bagged 13 points and won a last heat decider to rescue Czestochowa a 45-45 draw at Bydgoszcz.
Nermark joined forces with Grigory Laguta, who tallied 12, for a 4-2 in heat 15. Emil Sayfutdinov took second place to deny the Lions victory and ended his meeting on nine paid 11. Kenneth Bjerre matched that mark for the visitors.
Meanwhile, in the First Division, SGP star Hans Andersen notched 11 paid 12 points to lead Grudziadz to a vital 48-41 win at Gniezno. His tally was equalled by Australia’s Davey Watt and Swedish rider Peter Ljung bagged nine paid 10.
Gniezno were led by 11 points from Bjarne Pedersen, while Italian SGP winner Antonio Lindback chalked up 10 paid 11.
For full details of the weekend’s Ekstraliga results, scorers and the latest league table, click here: http://speedwaygp.com/league_results.
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