Menu
Card image cap

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.

Patryk Dudek

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.”

 

Card image cap

LAMBERT READY FOR THE CHALLENGE

Great Britain racer Robert Lambert has declared himself fit for a huge weekend of action as he prepares for Saturday’s GP Challenge.

Card image cap

ROSSITER RESIGNS AS LIONS BOSS

Great Britain team manager Alun Rossiter has stepped down after six seasons in charge of the Lions.

Card image cap

DUDEK SALUTES SWEDE'S RAPID REACTIONS

Patryk Dudek admits Freddie Lindgren more than justified his ‘Fast Freddie’ nickname, when the Swede narrowly avoided running him over.

Card image cap

ELITSERIEN | MAXIMUMS FOR VETLANDA'S SGP DUO

SGP duo Bartosz Zmarzlik and Artem Laguta both raced to maximums for Vetlanda as they snatched top spot from Vastervik with a 56-34 win.

Card image cap

VACULIK'S STARTING STRUGGLE

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits his struggle from the starts cost him in Malilla as he fell short of the Scandinavian SGP final.

Card image cap

MADSEN: HOLDING FIRM

Leon Madsen insisted “as long as I can sit on the bike and hold it, I am racing” after defying a host of injuries to top the SGP standings.

Card image cap

SCANDINAVIAN SGP | PRESS CONFERENCE

Winner Freddie Lindgren, Leon Madsen and Maciej Janowski give their Scandinavian SGP verdict in our Malilla press conference.

Card image cap

FAN POWER FUELS LINDGREN’S HOME WIN

Sweden’s Fredrik Lindgren celebrates Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand Prix success in Malilla.