EKSTRALIGA | UNBEATEN ZMARZLIK LEADS GORZOW INTO FINAL
Bartosz Zmarzlik took his lightening form home to Gorzow, inspiring his team into the PGE Ekstraliga play-off final with a 12-point maximum.
09 / 09 / 2018, 20:26
World Championship challenger Bartosz Zmarzlik took his lightening form home to Gorzow, inspiring his team into the PGE Ekstraliga play-off final with a 12-point maximum on Sunday.
Gorzow triumphed 51-39 over Czestochowa at the Edward Jancarz Stadium to complete a 100-80 aggregate triumph in their semi-final showdown. They now face table-topping Leszno in the title decider after they won 48-42 at home to Wroclaw in their second leg to seal a 96-84 success overall.
Zmarzlik closed the gap on World Championship leader Tai Woffinden to nine points in Slovenia on Saturday. And his trip back from Krsko clearly didn’t dampen his enthusiasm as he went unbeaten in four rides.
He was well backed up by 11 from Krzysztof Kasprzak, Szymon Wozniak’s nine paid 11 and nine from SGP star Martin Vaculik.
Danish ace Leon Madsen impressed for the Lions on 14 paid 15 from six, with Adrian Miedzinski adding 11 paid 12 and Freddie Lindgren scoring five as Czestochowa struggled without concussed Slovenian star Matej Zagar.
Meanwhile in Leszno, a 15-point haul from Maciej Janowski couldn’t keep Wroclaw in the title hunt as a solid Bulls display saw the champions comfortably reach a second straight final.
Piotr Pawlicki led their charge on 10 paid 11, with Emil Sayfutdinov tallying a straight 10. Jaroslaw Hampel and Bartosz Smektala bagged eight.
Woffinden accrued eight for Wroclaw, with Max Fricke and Maksym Drabik grabbing seven paid eight apiece. One huge consolation for the visitors came in the form of Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations winner Gleb Chugunov returning from a broken leg to score four paid five.
Leszno and Gorzow now face off for the PGE Ekstraliga championship, with Czestochowa and Wroclaw contesting the bronze-medal play-off. The meetings take place over the next two Sundays.