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MAGIC'S GOLDEN GOAL

Polish racer Maciej Janowski says he’s going for gold in SGP 2019 after falling just short of World Championship bronze last year.

16 / 03 / 2019, 12:34

Polish racer Maciej Janowski says he’s going for gold in SGP 2019 after falling just short of World Championship bronze last year.

The Wroclaw hero missed out on third place to Swedish star Freddie Lindgren, finishing fourth in the standings for the second straight season.

Janowski has long been tipped as one of Poland’s most likely world title winners, but compatriots Bartosz Zmarzlik and Patryk Dudek both have World Championship medals to their name while Magic seeks his first.

I know I missed the podium, but my dream is not third place; it’s the World Championship. So it would be nice to have bronze, but I'm aiming for gold.

Maciej Janowski

Despite falling just short in the last two seasons, Janowski isn’t just aiming to make the step on to the podium.

He told Przeglad Sportowy: “I do not stress at all about the fourth places. I rate them as very good. I know I missed the podium, but my dream is not third place; it’s the World Championship. So it would be nice to have bronze, but I'm aiming for gold.”

Janowski won the 2018 Swedish SGP in Hallstavik, as well as finishing second in Warsaw and third in Cardiff. He reached the semi-finals in eight of the 10 rounds on his way to 104 points – leaving him just five off third spot.

While Magic was happy with his consistency, he insists lessons were learned for SGP 2019.

He added: “The 2018 season was much more consistent than the previous one. It taught me a lot. Along the way, we made a few mistakes, such as in Horsens, where during the Danish SGP we had mechanical problems.

“We should have dealt with them faster. However, we believed too much in our setup and we did not think about other solutions. It cost us, but at the same time it was another lesson for the future.”

Some have questioned whether Janowski is hard enough on his rivals in the quest for SGP glory. Magic says he won’t go easy on anybody. But at the same time, he admits he isn’t the kind of person to ride an opponent into the fence in the race for the world title.

He said: “I do not know if the World Championship rewards such riding. I'm racing with my friends.

“I know the families of my opponents from the Grand Prix, their children. I cannot imagine a situation to hurt my friend, just to get a gold medal.

“It is known in the Grand Prix that you ride hard; there is not too much gentleman's riding.

“But, for example, when I see that someone on the outside is already very close behind me; I know that I should not 'close the fence' in this situation. I do not do it. I realise that sometimes I lose a place, but I'm like that and I will not change it for now.”

 

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