DUDEK COOL AT THE TOP
World Championship leader Patryk Dudek isn’t getting carried away after taking top spot in the World Championship standings in Prague.
17 / 06 / 2019, 12:58
World Championship leader Patryk Dudek isn’t getting carried away after taking top spot in the World Championship standings at the ANLAS Czech SGP last Saturday evening.
The Zielona Gora hero finished third on the night with 12 points to hit the SGP summit on 40 – level with Danish star Leon Madsen, with Dudek placed first by virtue of his superior FIM ranking.
Like Madsen, Dudek has reached every SGP final this year. He is nicely placed to mount a challenge to become Poland’s third world champion after 1973 World Final winner Jerzy Szczakiel and 2010 SGP champion Tomasz Gollob.
This is my third GP of the season and my third final. Everything is good now and everything is good with my position. We have seven rounds to go, so we will wait and see who stays on the top.
But the ultra-cool Bydgoszcz-born star isn’t one for getting swept away by hype and knows there’s plenty of hard work ahead.
He said: “I’m very happy to be top now. I was level with Bartek before this meeting and now I am there with Leon. This is my third GP of the season and my third final. Everything is good now and everything is good with my position. We have seven rounds to go, so we will wait and see who stays on the top.”
Dudek battled his way into the semis with nine points, but it was no easy night in Prague as extremely humid weather conditions pushed the riders to the limit.
“It was a very tough night with very tough weather,” Dudek said. “I was fighting for my points in all the heats. Afterwards I felt very, very tired and I needed to go to bed!
“The track wasn’t bad, but the weather was very hot and humid. We got through the meeting very quickly because we knew what could happen with the weather and that maybe there could be a storm.
“There was only a little bit of rain, but we made very good time with the racing and there wasn’t a long time for grading. It made it easier to stay focused.”
Dudek enjoyed some fortune in semi-final two, when Emil Sayfutdinov dropped a chain while holding second place, allowing the Pole through to reach the final. The Dackarna rider was philosophical after enjoying such a large slice of good luck. He said: “I don’t know what happened, but this is speedway. Sometimes when you are in a good position, you are unlucky. This is life.”
Dudek’s SGP heroics are even more remarkable considering he spent the winter recovering from a broken arm and suffered a serious of knocks in his early meetings, including a bang to the hip in the Boll Warsaw SGP.
But the rider insists these have been quickly erased from his mind. He said: “Now I feel better on the bikes. I don’t remember what happened before.”