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BROTHERLY BACKING

GP Challenge winner Przemyslaw Pawlicki insists younger brother Piotr can still join him in the 2018 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

09 / 09 / 2017, 09:49

GP Challenge winner Przemyslaw Pawlicki insists younger brother Piotr can still join him in the 2018 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

Przemek topped the podium at the GP Challenge in Togliatti and will make his full World Championship debut next season.

Meanwhile, Piotr missed the qualification cut in Russia, finishing sixth, and must now fight his way into this year’s SGP top eight to guarantee his place in the 2018 series.

Now we can see he has more speed and I keep my fingers crossed for him that he stays for next year.

Przemyslaw Pawlicki

Placed 10th in the standings on 59 points – seven short of the top eight – ahead of tonight’s IPONE German SGP in Teterow, Piotr still has work to do.

But asked if he felt his sibling could make the qualification cut, Przemek replied: “Everything is possible. This is the Grand Prix. We have four more rounds and I know him. I know he’ll do everything he can to stay in the Grand Prix for next year.

“There are 16 riders in a GP – the best in the world – and it’s not so easy sometimes. But he’s working really hard now, just like before.

“Now we can see he has more speed and I keep my fingers crossed for him that he stays for next year.”

Przemek was in Piotr’s pit corner for most of the SGP rounds in the second half of 2016, which saw the younger Pawlicki surge to an impressive sixth place in his debut World Championship season.

With his partner Klaudia recently giving birth to their son Leon, Przemek has been busy away from the shale in the first half of this year. But he says he’ll help his brother every chance he gets.

He said: “I helped Piter at a lot of GPs last year, but Gorzow was my first time in his corner this season. It has been a little bit hard. I have had many meetings of my own and it’s not so easy for me to come to every GP.

“It’s hard for me to come to the GPs with Piter, but now I want to help him and I hope he stays in the GP for next year.

“He is a really good rider and I don’t think I help him too much. But I am close to him and he’s more relaxed in the head when I’m at the meeting with him. He knows I’ll do anything for him because I’m his brother and I want to give everything I know.”

 

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