CIESLAK: GOLLOB IN CONTENTION
Marek Cieslak refuses to rule Tomasz Gollob out of Poland's Monster Energy SWC Final plans, despite leaving him out of his provisional team.
17 / 07 / 2014, 14:28
Polish boss Marek Cieslak refuses to rule Tomasz Gollob out of his Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Final plans, despite leaving him out of the side to race for gold in Bydgoszcz on August 2.
The Poles are set to be led by world No.2 Jaroslaw Hampel and Krzysztof Kasprzak – winner of the Meridian Lifts European SGP in Bydgoszcz. They will be joined by in-form pair Janusz Kolodziej of Tarnow and Piotr Protasiewicz from Zielona Gora, meaning all four riders in the team have multiple gold medals to their name.
I have to submit the definitive team after Friday’s practice, so today’s decisions don’t need to be the final ones.
But Cieslak will still consider 2010 world champ and Bydgoszcz-born legend Gollob for the showdown, as he does not have to name his final team until after Friday’s practice session.
Adrian Miedzinski, Patryk Dudek, Maciej Janowski, Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Krzysztof Buczkowski could also be in the running after being named in the Polish 10-man squad.
Cieslak’s decision to possibly omit five-time SWC winner Gollob from what some are saying could be his last SWC has raised a few eyebrows. But the Tarnow boss says his line-up is not set in stone.
He said: “I have to submit the definitive team after Friday’s practice, so today’s decisions don’t need to be the final ones.”
Cieslak’s side saw off Denmark in a last-heat decider for the gold medal in Prague last summer.
Danish boss Anders Secher’s decision to pick Hans Andersen, Bjarne Pedersen, Peter Kildemand and Mads Korneliussen for Monster Energy SWC Event 2 at Vastervik on July 29 has stunned many throughout the sport as they prepare to meet Sweden, Latvia and the Czech Republic.
But Cieslak believes the likes of Nicki Pedersen and Niels-Kristian Iversen will be recalled for the Race Off and/or Final in Bydgoszcz.
He said: “I’m sure that this team will not ride in the final and the better ones will join Denmark team, depending on their result in the Event 2, in the Race-off or in the Grand Final.
“Their manager will most likely check the best candidates to ride together with Nicki and Niels.”