DACKARNA STAR DUDEK EYES MALILLA FINAL
Polish racer Patryk Dudek has his sights set on a first Malilla final as he bids to close the gap at the FIM Speedway Grand Prix summit.
08 / 08 / 2019, 11:29
Polish racer Patryk Dudek has his sights set on a first Malilla final as he bids to close the gap at the FIM Speedway Grand Prix summit in the Scandinavian SGP on August 17.
The Dackarna man heads to his Swedish Elitserien home track placed fifth in the World Championship after accruing eight points at the Betard Wroclaw SGP last Saturday. That leaves him on 55 at the series’ halfway stage – six behind top trio Bartosz Zmarzlik, Emil Sayfutdinov and Leon Madsen.
Dudek has raced two SGP rounds in Malilla – scoring five points in 2017 and exiting at the semi-final stages with 10 last season.
We will see what happens. Last year it was okay in Malilla, so I hope I can race in the final.
Despite racing regularly at the G&B Arena, the 27-year-old admits the track is rarely the same for an SGP round. But he’s still keen to go a step further than last year.
He said: “Always when you go for the GP, it is a different track. We will see what happens. Last year it was okay in Malilla, so I hope I can race in the final.”
While Dudek trails the top three and fourth-placed Martin Vaculik, who has 59 points, he’s not concerned with half of the series still to race.
“It doesn’t matter,” he said. “We have five meetings now and we are fighting to be at the top.”
Dudek won two of his heats on his way to the Betard Wroclaw SGP semis, but last places in his second and third rides cost him a better choice of gates. He admits a wetter circuit when he raced immediately after grading in heats five and nine didn’t help matters.
“For my second and third heat, there was more water on the track,” he said. “I had no chance to make a good start when there was more water. Later there was not too much water and there were better lines for me. I had gates one and four. That was good.”