ZMARZLIK'S BROTHER: NO CHANGE FOR MODEST CHAMP
Bartosz Zmarzlik may be celebrating his first SGP world title, but brother Pawel Zmarzlik insists little will change in his life.
22 / 10 / 2019, 09:51
Polish hero Bartosz Zmarzlik may be celebrating his first FIM Speedway Grand Prix world title, but manager and brother Pawel Zmarzlik insists little will change in his life.
Zmarzlik inked his name in shale-sport history when he lifted the SGP trophy at the Revline Torun SGP on October 5, joining 1973 World Final winner Jerzy Szczakiel and 2010 SGP world champion Tomasz Gollob in Polish speedway’s most elite club.
There’s no doubt Zmarzlik’s popularity will soar even higher in a nation where speedway is a national obsession.
Nothing will change in his life, despite what he has won. It’s just the next stage in his life and we hope it’s the start of a big career.
But the man who knows him best insists modest Zmarzlik’s passion and work rate will not drop as Bartek prefers life on the shale to life in the spotlight.
Pawel said: “Nothing will change in his life, despite what he has won. It’s just the next stage in his life and we hope it’s the start of a big career.
“He’s a normal guy from Poland! He does what he loves. Of course he is one of these guys who lives for speedway. When he sleeps, he dreams about speedway and when he walks down the street, he also thinks about speedway.”
Bartek may have claimed the sport’s biggest prize, but that won’t stop him getting hands-on when it comes with the bikes, while some of his rivals leave this to their mechanics.
Pawel added: “He goes to the workshop and works with our team on the bikes – just because he likes it. He doesn’t have to; he’s the boss. But likes working on the bikes, so he does this.
“He knows everything about his bikes and the engine. It’s Bartek who talks with the tuners – not me or our team. He talks to the tuners himself and tells them what he wants, what he needs and what he wants to change.
“I think it’s very good. Maybe it’s too much for him sometimes, but he likes it, so that won’t change.”
Pawel admits it’s hard to keep his high-speed sibling still for long when he’s not racing. He said: “He never stays at home all day. He gets up at 8am and thinks ‘what can I do today?’
“He’s just a guy who loves bikes. He rides a lot of motocross and he loves his speedway. Now he has a new love with his bicycle – he rides that in the forests and on the streets.”
Zmarzlik’s close family all play their part in his racing team, with Pawel joined by their father Pawel senior in the SGP pits and their mother also assisting them on the financial side of the business.
Not every family can work together successfully in the high-stakes SGP series, but the Zmarzlik family is clearly a happy team.
Pawel junior said: “I think the most important thing is that our family doesn’t live for speedway. I have a company and my parents also have a company. But that also means we can always find the time help Bartosz.
“I’m not only his manager; I am also his brother. It is very important he has a good team. We are like a family. It works fantastically. We have fantastic sponsors, which are also very good friends.”