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DUDEK: RISKY RETURN NOT AN OPTION

Polish star Patryk Dudek admits he had no intention of putting his 2019 season in jeopardy after calling an early halt to his SGP 2018.

12 / 12 / 2018, 10:48

Polish star Patryk Dudek admits he had no intention of putting his 2019 season in jeopardy after calling an early halt to his SGP 2018.

The 2017 World Championship runner-up saw his campaign come to a premature end after he sustained a broken arm in a Swedish Elitserien play-off semi-final in Malilla on September 11.

This forced him out of the final two SGP 2018 rounds, leaving Dudek ninth in the final standings.

I knew another crash could destroy my preparations for 2019 and maybe I could lose beginning of 2019. So it was safest to end the season earlier.

Patryk Dudek

He was handed a wild card to preserve his World Championship status, having stood fifth in the standings and just five points short of a medal position after winning the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP on September 8.

Dudek says he did everything he could to try and get back on track before the end of the season. But even with his Polish club Zielona Gora battling relegation and an SGP medal on the line, he admits it was too risky.

He said: “After the Krsko round, I was full of positive thinking because after a hard beginning, I had finally won a round; I felt fast, and my bikes worked perfectly.

“I knew in that performance that I could do something big again, but after the crash I knew my season could be over and my dreams had to move on to 2019.

“I did everything to get back as soon as possible; that’s why I decided to have surgery in Barcelona to be in the best hands with a doctor who has worked with MotoGP riders.

“But health needs patience and time, so there was no rush. I knew another crash could destroy my preparations for 2019 and maybe I could lose beginning of 2019. So it was safest to end the season earlier.”

Dudek says his arm is on the mend as he eases it back into training. He added: “The recovery took longer than it was supposed to, but for this moment, everything is okay with the arm.

“I started my preparations as normal and can do more exercise, but for the right arm, I’m giving it little more time before I put it through the full power of workouts. But all is okay for now.”

Having finished outside the world’s top eight, Dudek knows his spot in SGP 2019 wasn’t guaranteed. So he was relieved to get a wild card from the SGP Commission.

He said: “We went with my manger to Torun and had a chat with BSI and the FIM about 2019.

“I was little disappointed, because after I won in Krsko, I was fifth and had a big chance to fight for a medal. Until Emil Sayfutdinov’s last heat in Torun, I was secure in the top eight.

“I was a little scared I might lose my spot for 2019, but I'm grateful BSI and the FIM respected my injury and I hope they are happy with my skills in the GP series.

“I want to be in the elite for a long time so I hope it was the last time someone has to help me with that. My goal is to secure my spot on my own.”

 

 

 

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