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RIP TOMASZ JEDRZEJAK

Speedway is in mourning after former Polish champion Tomasz Jedrzejak was found dead at his home earlier today.

14 / 08 / 2018, 10:49

Speedway is in mourning after former Polish champion Tomasz Jedrzejak was found dead at his home earlier today.

Jedrzejak, who raced for Rzeszow in the Polish Second Division alongside SGP legend Greg Hancock, is believed to have committed suicide according to reports in the Polish media.

Shocked Polish team manager Marek Cieslak told przegladsportowy.pl: “It is a huge and incomprehensible tragedy for me. I'm totally shocked. I cannot believe it.”

Rzeszow owner Ireneusz Nawrocki was also stunned by the news. “It froze me,” he told Sportowefakty.pl. “The world collapsed on my head. I recently said goodbye to a friend who hanged himself, and now something like this.

“I talked with Tomek on Sunday. It was normal. We laughed, we were joking. I have no idea how this happened.”

The 39-year-old, who started his career with Ostrow, reached the summit of Polish speedway in 2012, when he stormed to national championship glory.

He has played a key role in firing Rzeszow to the top of the table this year as the club begins its ambitious charge towards the PGE Ekstraliga.

Prior to this season, he was a vital part of Wroclaw’s side in the top flight, racing at the Olympic Stadium alongside SGP stars like Tai Woffinden and Maciej Janowski. He also raced in Sweden and competed in Britain for clubs including Belle Vue, Eastbourne and Lakeside.

He also featured in the 2007 European SGP at Wroclaw as a non-riding reserve and was named as second substitute rider for the 2009 series, but didn't get a ride.

Everyone involved in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series sends their condolences to Tomasz’s family, friends and fans at this sad time.

 

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