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RIDER REVIEW | MACIEJ JANOWSKI

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the SGP stars of 2018 fared. Today, we feature Polish star Maciej Janowski.

05 / 01 / 2019, 10:33

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the SGP stars of 2018 fared. Today, we feature Polish star Maciej Janowski.

Two straight fourth-placed finishes in the World Championship is some achievement for the Wroclaw hero. But there’s no doubt the SGP 2018 bronze medal was one that got away for Magic.

When it comes to consistency, few in the sport can match Janowski as he reached eight of a possible 10 SGP semi-finals last year. But with third-placed Freddie Lindgren reaching five finals to Janowski’s three, the Swede just pipped Magic in a tight race for the rostrum.

Janowski nearly started the year in dream style, with Tai Woffinden just beating him to victory at the BOLL Warsaw SGP as he took second place for the second year running.

Sixth in Prague came with a handy 11 points, but Janowski’s title hopes suffered a blow when he managed only five in Horsens, where he had won the previous two Danish SGPs.

Magic quickly rectified the damage, though. Despite a last place in his opening ride, he blazed through the remaining six unbeaten for a huge Norrbil Swedish SGP triumph in Hallstavik – complete with a massive 18 points.

Janowski was now fourth in the standings – just one behind Emil Sayfutdinov in third, but 18 short of leader Woffinden.

He kept up the momentum with a third place in Cardiff and 12 points. While Janowski scored solidly throughout 2018, this was his last final appearance of the season.

An 11 in Malilla helped Magic’s cause, before he bagged nine in Gorzow, 10 in Krsko and nine in Teterow to go into the final round level on 98 points with Lindgren, with Greg Hancock also in the battle for bronze on 93.

But a six-point haul on home shale at the Torun SGP was never going to be enough for Janowski and Lindgren racked up 11 to reach the rostrum for the first time since his SGP debut in 2008.

Magic will surely make it on to the podium sooner rather than later as he seeks to take the next step on his road to the top of the sport.

 

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