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EKSTRALIGA | PEDERSEN HURT IN FALUBAZ LOSS

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen could miss his teams’ play-off battles across Europe after crashing out in Torun.

25 / 08 / 2019, 21:56

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen could miss his teams’ play-off battles across Europe after crashing out of Zielona Gora’s PGE Ekstraliga loss at Torun on Sunday.

The Dane tangled with Torun’s Jack Holder on the first turn in heat one – an incident which saw the Aussie excluded.

Pedersen left the track in an ambulance and, according to his official Facebook page, he may require surgery on a suspected broken hand.

The post confirmed: “Nicki was in a very bad crash in today’s PGE Ekstraliga match against Torun in Poland.

“Nicki is still at the hospital for treatment. Even though he is in a lot of pain, we got a little smile when we spoke with him.

“Some of the suspected issues are a broken hand that probably needs surgery, broken ribs and a lot of bad bruises. We will update you all as soon as we know more. Thanks for all your messages.”

Pedersen’s absence comes as a blow ahead of Falubaz’s battle with Wroclaw in the PGE Ekstraliga semi-finals – the first leg takes place next Sunday. His Swedish club Vastervik travels to Indianerna in their Elitserien quarter final, first leg on Tuesday.

In his absence, Falubaz ended their regular season on a defeat with relegated Torun triumphing 46-44 at the Marian Rose Motoarena.

Rune Holta and Holder topped the Torun scoring on 10 points apiece, with Chris Holder and Jason Doyle notching nine paid 10 each.

Slovak star Martin Vaculik was Zielona Gora’s leading performer on 12, while Michael Jepsen Jensen raced to 10. Patryk Dudek added eight.

Polish racer Janusz Kolodziej starred on 13 points as champions Leszno signed off their regular season in style with a thumping 55-35 win away to neighbours Wroclaw.

Kolodziej inspired an extraordinary performance at the Olympic Stadium, where he reached the Betard Wroclaw SGP final on August 3. He was brilliantly backed up by 11 paid 12 apiece from World Under-21 champion Bartosz Smektala and Brady Kurtz, with Emil Sayfutdinov adding seven paid eight.

Former World Under-21 champion Maksym Drabik topped the Wroclaw scorechart on 12, with Tai Woffinden notching nine.

Max Fricke raced to six paid seven the night after booking his place in SGP 2020 at the GP Challenge, while Maciej Janowski registered five paid eight.

The good news for Wroclaw is they will avoid Leszno in the play-off semi-finals, with the Bulls meeting fourth-placed Czestochowa.

For full details of the day’s results, scorers and the final league table, click here: http://bit.ly/2YVSI3Q.

 

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