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Maksym Drabik took charge of the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship after winning the opening round of the final with a 21-point max.

23 / 07 / 2017, 10:33

Polish shooting star Maksym Drabik took charge of the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship after winning the opening round of the final with a 21-point maximum in Poznan on Sunday.

Drabik, who sat most of last year out with a broken leg, roared into top form to see off Bartosz Smektala, Jevgenijs Kostigovs and Dominik Kubera in the final to take a six-point lead at the top of the standings.

Smektala is chasing on 15 alongside defending champion Max Fricke, who failed to reach the final but racked up 14 in the heats, with only Drabik getting the better of him.

A poor start in semi-final two allowed Smektala and Kubera to make it through, with the Aussie having to fight furiously to snatch third place from Britain’s Robert Lambert.

The King’s Lynn man endured a tough afternoon as he battled with a wrist injury, winning his opening three outings, but failing to score in his final three to end on nine.

Aussie racer Jack Holder picked up 11 points as he reached the semis, while Brady Kurtz defied rib damage to collect six as he missed out – pipped by Denmark’s Andreas Lyager on eight.

The series continues at German venue Gustrow on September 8 - the night before the German SGP in nearby Teterow - before concluding at Czech track Pardubice on September 29.

WORLD U21 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Maksym Drabik 21, 2= Max Fricke 15, Bartosz Smektala 15, 4= Jevgenijs Kostigovs 11, Jack Holder 11, 6 Dominik Kubera 10, 7 Robert Lambert 9, 8 Andreas Lyager 8, 9 Brady Kurtz 6, 10= Kacper Woryna 5, Eduard Krcmar 5, Dmitri Berge 5, 13= Rafal Karczmarz 4, Patrick Hansen 4, 15= Lukas Fienhage 3, Alexander Woentin 3, 17= Damian Drozdz 1, Alex Zgardzinski 1.


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