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EKSTRALIGA | FREDDIE ROARS TO LIONS MAX

Freddie Lindgren followed up his Malilla final with a 14 paid 15-point max for Czestochowa as they put one foot in the Ekstraliga semis.

12 / 08 / 2018, 21:52

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren followed up his Malilla third place with a 14 paid 15-point maximum for Czestochowa as they put one foot in the PGE Ekstraliga play-offs on Sunday.

The Andorra-based man went unbeaten over five rides as the Lions saw off Zielona Gora 52-38, leaving Falubaz bottom of the table and facing a relegation fight in the coming weeks.

Lindgren was joined in scoring a maximum by Danish star Leon Madsen, who racked up a full 15-point full house.

SGP racer Matej Zagar built on his second spot in Malilla last night with nine paid 12 points as Czestochowa moved within three points of making certain of a play-off place.

World No.2 Patryk Dudek was Zielona Gora’s star man on nine paid 10, with Michael Jepsen Jensen collecting eight paid nine. They are now bottom on seven points with Grudziadz and Tarnow just ahead on eight with two rounds of fixtures to race.

Elsewhere, Bartosz Zmarzlik made up for his Betard Scandinavian SGP semi-final exclusion by racing to 12 points for Gorzow as they held on for a 46-44 victory at home to Wroclaw.

He was supported by 11 from former world No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak and 10 paid 11 from Malilla finalist Martin Vaculik. Poland’s Maciej Janowski led the Wroclaw charge on 13 points, with World Championship leader Tai Woffinden tallying 10 paid 12.

Gorzow are guaranteed to finish in the Ekstraliga’s top four, with one more win enough to see Wroclaw join them.

But Leszno are certain of top spot after young gun Bartosz Smektala led them to a 50-40 triumph at home to Grudziadz.

The World Under-21 title contender scored 10 paid 11, with former SGP icon Jaroslaw Hampel registering a straight 10. Emil Sayfutdinov picked up eight paid nine and SGP 2019 qualifier Janusz Kolodziej scored six paid seven.

Russian star Artem Laguta impressed for Grudziadz on 15 points, while Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Antonio Lindback weighed in with nine paid 10 each.

In the day’s other meeting, Torun kept their play-off hopes alive as 12 points from Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen spearheaded them to a 51-39 win at home to Tarnow.

Aussie duo Jason Doyle and Jack Holder both piled up 10 paid 11 each, with Chris Holder collecting seven paid eight.

But a tough run-in could leave them facing a fight to reach the top four as Torun tackle Wroclaw away and Gorzow at home in their final two regular matches, while Czestochowa meet relegation-threatened Tarnow away and Grudziadz at home.

Danish racer Kenneth Bjerre collected 14 for Tarnow, while Jakub Jamrog scored nine paid 11 and Malilla winner Nicki Pedersen added nine paid 10.

For full details of the day’s results, scorers and the latest league table, click here: http://bit.ly/2uoK8OX.

 

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