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WORLD U21s | DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR DRABIK

Polish shooting star Maksym Drabik became only the third rider in history to win a second FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship.

05 / 10 / 2019, 08:02

Polish shooting star Maksym Drabik became only the third rider in history to win a second FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship in Pardubice on Friday night.

Third place on the night and 14 points were enough for the Wroclaw rider to seal gold on 49 overall, as he joined previous double champions Emil Sayfutdinov and Darcy Ward among the competition’s greats in his final junior season.

Outgoing champion Bartosz Smektala scored 17 – finishing second in Pardubice – to force a run-off for the silver medal with Leszno team mate Dominik Kubera, who notched nine to leave the pair tied on 45 overall.

Smektala triumphed as the duo took their places alongside Drabik in a Polish one-two-three on the podium.

Despite winning the rounds in Lublin and Pardubice, Russian racer Gleb Chugunov’s nine-point haul at the middle round in Gustrow cost him dearly as he had to make do with fourth place overall on 39.

He won the Pardubice final ahead of Smektala, Drabik and Australian Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey, who scored 15 on the night and claimed seventh place overall on 29.

SGP first reserve Robert Lambert finished fifth in the championship on 32 after exiting at the semi-final stages with 11 in Pardubice. Czech young gun Jan Kvech was sixth on 30.

FINAL FIM SPEEDWAY UNDER-21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Maksym Drabik 49, 2 Bartosz Smektala 45+3, 3 Dominik Kubera 45+2, 4 Gleb Chugunov 39, 5 Robert Lambert 32, 6 Jan Kvech 30, 7 Jaimon Lidsey 29, 8 Jonas Jeppesen 26, 9 Wiktor Lampart 24, 10 Frederik Jakobsen 20, 11 Patrick Hansen 15, 12 Rafal Karczmarz 13, 13 Tim Sorensen 12, 14 Nick Skorja 11, 15 Michael Hartel 8, 16 Petr Chlupac 6, 17 Wiktor Trofimov 5, 18 Dominik Moser 2.

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