EMIL UP FOR TITLE CHASE
Emil Sayfutdinov insists he can still reel in World Championship leader Bartosz Zmarzlik after storming into second spot.
10 / 09 / 2019, 12:44
Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov insists he can still reel in FIM Speedway Grand Prix series leader Bartosz Zmarzlik after storming into second spot on Saturday.
The Salavat-born star topped the Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO heat scorechart, scoring 14 points, before finishing second behind Matej Zagar in the first semi-final. That proved costly as he was left with the yellow gate for the final and had to make do with fourth place, while Zmarzlik romped to his third SGP victory of 2019.
Now I am second place in the World Championship. But Bartek scored two points more. We can still catch him and hopefully it will be okay.
Although he was gutted not to add to his 16-point tally in the Vojens final, Sayfutdinov is still nine points short of the Pole with two rounds to race, starting with the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff on September 21.
He was content with an impressive night at Denmark’s national speedway stadium. The Leszno man said: “It was good points on Saturday. I am really happy about that.
“I had fourth place in the final and no points there. I am really happy, but when you get to the final, it’s nice to get some more points.
“Now I am second place in the World Championship. But Bartek scored two points more. We can still catch him and hopefully it will be okay.
“I will do everything to score good points and my team is also working so hard. We will see what happens in Cardiff and Torun.”
Sayfutdinov heads to the Principality Stadium next week bidding to repeat his 2013 triumph there.
“I have good memories from Cardiff,” he said. “But I am not thinking about that now. We have only just finished Vojens. I have a league meeting this weekend too.”
Sayfutdinov and his Leszno team travel to Wroclaw in the first leg of the PGE Ekstraliga play-off final on Friday, as they close in on a third straight league title – a feat that hasn’t been achieved since the Ekstraliga was launched in 2000.
The Russian believes the Bulls’ team spirit can help them realise that dream. He said: “We have a good team. We are chatting all the time and hopefully we can win this third title in a row. That’s the goal for this season.”