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PAWLICKI: MORE TO COME

Polish ace Piotr Pawlicki says he can better the superb sixth place he achieved in his FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut season last year.

21 / 04 / 2017, 12:00

Polish ace Piotr Pawlicki says he can better the superb sixth place he achieved in his FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut season last year.

The Leszno-born man ended 2016 in red-hot form, reaching seven straight semi-finals and finishing third at the Swedish SGP in Malilla to book his place in the 2017 World Championship.

While it was mission accomplished for Pawlicki in his first season at the sport’s top table, he’s confident there’s more to come.

Sixth wasn’t bad. For my first year in the Grand Prix, I wanted to stay in there and be in the top eight. I’m very happy I did it, but I know I can do better.

Piotr Pawlicki

He said: “After the winter I feel very good. I have done more practice this winter and I want to have a better result in the GP than last year. We’ll see what happens.

“Sixth wasn’t bad. For my first year in the Grand Prix, I wanted to stay in there and be in the top eight. I’m very happy I did it, but I know I can do better.

“It’s important to me to get into the top three, but the GP is very strong. I think it’s a little bit stronger line-up than last year and it will be much harder for everyone each meeting. All 16 riders will be very, very good.

“I don’t want to have as many crashes as last year. I want to finish the season whole, with nothing broken. That will be good for me. But I also want good results and I am working all the time for them. Maybe this will pay off.”

Pawlicki also aims to inspire Polish club Leszno back into the title race after a shock seventh-place finish last season.

With SGP rivals Nicki Pedersen and Emil Sayfutdinov, plus Peter Kildemand, Janusz Kolodziej and Grzegorz Zengota also in the Bulls side, his hometown club isn’t short of point-scoring power.

Pawlicki said: “Leszno is a very strong team. Last year we had the same team and we are stronger now. But we finished in seventh place.

“On paper, every team is strong. But we’ll see what happens during the season because speedway is always different. This winter, we had two camps with the whole Leszno team. Now the atmosphere is much better and we have a new coach.”

 

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