KOLODZIEJ READY TO DEFY ODDS
Janusz Kolodziej says his fans could earn “a lot of money” from his 100/1 FIM Speedway Grand Prix odds as he bids to defy his doubters.
12 / 03 / 2019, 11:31
GP Challenge winner Janusz Kolodziej says his fans could earn “a lot of money” from his 100/1 FIM Speedway Grand Prix odds as he bids to defy his doubters in 2019.
The Pole produced a gating masterclass to win the GP Challenge at German track Landshut last July, earning him a return to the World Championship stage for the first time since 2011.
I cannot bet myself. But from the perspective of the fans, you should probably enjoy it, because you can earn a lot of money.
Kolodziej finished 14th that year with 50 points from 10 rounds. But the 34-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success away from the series, winning his third Polish Championship in 2013. He has also played a key role in Leszno lifting back-to-back PGE Ekstraliga titles.
The rider admits his previous struggles in the SGP series may have lengthened his odds, but he’s not giving his doubters a second thought.
He told Przeglad Sportowy: "They're probably judging me through the prism of my last season at the Grand Prix. Maybe bookmakers think that the situation can happen again.
“I will do everything to make it good, but I will not think about it for too long because I have many other things to focus on.
“I cannot bet myself. But from the perspective of the fans, you should probably enjoy it, because you can earn a lot of money.”
Kolodziej insists times have changed as he returns to the SGP series older and wiser. He also believes he will adapt better to this year’s tracks.
He added: “Everything changes, equipment, age. There are various different tracks in the GP.
“In recent years, Bartek (Zmarzlik), Maciek (Janowski) and Patryk (Dudek) have done well, so they are perceived as better.
“This year, there are fewer temporary tracks and I have the impression that this time the calendar suits me better.”