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RIDER REVIEW | PATRYK DUDEK

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the stars of SGP 2018 fared. Today, we feature Polish racer Patryk Dudek.

01 / 12 / 2018, 12:00

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the stars of SGP 2018 fared. Today, we feature Polish racer Patryk Dudek.

The Pole had a tough act to follow after finishing second in his World Championship debut season last year – the first rider ever to reach the top two at the first attempt in the SGP era.

While things didn’t go quite that brilliantly in 2018 for the Zielona Gora icon, he still showed his class in a year which saw him end with an AZTORIN Slovenian SGP victory.

Dudek has proved he has what it takes to deliver the big points consistently on the sport’s biggest stage – scoring double figures 15 times in just 21 SGP appearances.

He started this year with a rock-solid 10 at the BOLL Warsaw SGP, before storming to second at the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague.

Two six-pointers in Horsens and Hallstavik dented his medal challenge. But Dudek hit back with 10s in Cardiff and Malilla, reaching the semis at both, before picking things up with his second final of the year as he finished fourth at the MIB Nordic Gorzow SGP.

The Dackarna man appeared to be warming up nicely and delivered the second SGP win of his career in Krsko on September 8. His 16 points there put him a very handy fifth in the World Championship on 84 – just five short of Maciej Janowski in third place.

But Dudek’s medal hopes were cruelly dashed when his season was ended by a broken arm in the first leg of Dackarna’s Swedish Elitserien play-off semi-final clash with Vastervik in Malilla on September 11.

Despite his best efforts, he was unable to return to action this year and Dudek could only watch from the sidelines as he slipped to ninth in the final SGP standings.

With the SGP Commission awarding him a wild card for 2019, rider No.692 is back to chase the sport’s biggest prize next year. And having shown fantastic pace in his opening two seasons on the sport’s grandest stage, he could be the man to land Poland’s third individual world title.

 

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