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DUDEK'S DACKARNA TITLE DREAM

Polish racer Patryk Dudek hopes to help make Dackarna’s Swedish Elitserien title dream come true in 2019.

13 / 02 / 2019, 09:34

Polish racer Patryk Dudek hopes to help make Dackarna’s Swedish Elitserien title dream come true in 2019.

The Zielona Gora hero has spent his entire Swedish career in Malilla, but is yet to lift the championship with Dackarna.

Dudek was ruled out of the 2018 play-off final after suffering a broken arm in the semi-final, first leg against Vastervik, meaning he could only watch from afar as Smederna retained their crown.

I’ve been at Dackarna a lot of years and I will be so happy to win the league with them finally. I hope it will come true in 2019.

Patryk Dudek

The former world No.2 was gutted he couldn’t play his part in last year’s title showdown and would love to help Dackarna win their first league championship since 2007.

He said: “The team was nearly successful this year. I was unhappy I couldn't help the team in the finals and they didn't win the title.

“I’ve been at Dackarna a lot of years and I will be so happy to win the league with them finally. I hope it will come true in 2019.”

Racing in Malilla can have its benefits as the Scandinavian SGP also takes places at the G&B Arena. But Dudek admits competing in a World Championship round on his club track can have its drawbacks.

He said: “I’ve raced in two rounds there already and they were always hard meetings for me. I know this track and sometimes it does not help.

“It’s better to come straight to a track and set up the bike how you are thinking on the day. On tracks which you know, you always compare the setup to your last practice, last meeting, the best meeting etc.

“It’s same with the Malilla GP. I hope I will finally get a good result there for the fans which have supported me in Malilla over the last couple of years.”

In his homeland, Dudek worked wonders for Zielona Gora as they narrowly escaped relegation to the First Division.

Dudek knows expectations are high at a club steeped in success and backed the club to bounce back from their struggles.

He said: “After successes, everyone expects it will repeat and repeat. Some years can be tougher and that was the case for Falubaz also.

“Anyway, we needed that year and now we will be back stronger for 2019, so I hope our fans will be with us like they were in 2018 and we can make them happier this year.”

Dudek is joined by new recruits Martin Vaculik and Nicki Pedersen in Falubaz colours for 2019, as well as the likes of club legend Piotr Protasiewicz, Michael Jepsen Jensen and Martin Smolinski.

Falubaz should be among the favourites to push for play-off glory and Dudek hopes Zielona Gora’s new-look side can gel as they mount a title challenge.

He said: “I think other teams are stronger on paper. But we have big names in the team and we have to make good relationships between us so that it will work for Falubaz. I hope this happens and we can get some good results together.”

 

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