ARTEM AT HOME ON SGP STAGE
Artem Laguta’s manager Rafal Lewicki says the Russian feels he belongs among the SGP elite, but said “you can’t win the title without luck."
07 / 04 / 2019, 12:57
Artem Laguta’s manager Rafal Lewicki says the Russian feels he belongs among the FIM Speedway Grand Prix elite, but admitted “you can’t win the world title without luck.”
Laguta has already endured some misfortune after breaking his collarbone in the Edward Jancarz Memorial meeting at Gorzow last weekend. He underwent surgery and it is hoped he will be fit for the World Championship-opening PZM Warsaw SGP on May 18.
The Grudziadz star finished sixth in what was only his second SGP season in 2018 – seven years after his first in 2011.
Last season we were 12 points behind Freddie Lindgren in third. If you count that over 10 rounds, that’s one or two points per round more that we need to be in the top three.
Having established himself back among the world’s top stars, Lewicki sees no reason why he can’t realise his SGP world title dream one day after falling just 12 points short of the rostrum last year.
He said: “The GPs are all about collecting the points and we count them at the end. At the end of last season, we finished sixth which was okay.
“But you are always racing to win it – whether you’re talking about winning the heats, GPs or the world title. You are racing to be world champion. Of course it is Artem’s dream to be world champion one day.
“Last season we were 12 points behind Freddie Lindgren in third. If you count that over 10 rounds, that’s one or two points per round more that we need to be in the top three.
“Artem is a little bit more experienced now compared to last season. He will know a little bit more about the tracks and what the game is about.
“Artem feels like one of the best riders in the world but you need luck. As we have seen, the sport is dangerous and you need luck to avoid crashes and be fully fit throughout the season.
“Then the equipment and all the small details – even the numbers and gate positions – have to work out. If you have worse gate positions, you can get fewer points and at the end of the season, you can miss out.
“You need to be very lucky. You can’t win the world title without luck. You need fast equipment, a proper team and all the small details that give you the world title in the end.”
Lewicki declined to be drawn on a target for Team Laguta this year as they bid to follow last season’s heroics, which saw the Russian lift the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations world title with his country in June and score 20 points on his way to second place at the Torun SGP in October.
“We feel we are ready to compete on a good level in the GP,” Lewicki added. “We don’t want to say we have to finish in the top three or anything like that. The major thing is Artem enjoys racing in the GP. It is something special.
“Now we have a chance to be in the top 15 riders in the world and compete with them for the world title.”