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RIDER REVIEW | MACIEJ JANOWSKI

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars of 2019 fared. Today, we feature Maciej Janowski.

19 / 01 / 2020, 12:05

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars of 2019 fared. Today, we feature Maciej Janowski.

The Polish racer roared to a solid sixth spot in the SGP World Championship. But that only tells the fraction of the story as Magic fought back from an early-season shoulder injury to become an SGP winner again.

Disaster struck on the eve of Poland’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations opener in Landshut, when Janowski crashed in Grudziadz on May 3 and was forced to take a few weeks out.

Despite his very best efforts, Magic knew the Boll Warsaw SGP on May 18 was too soon to make a racing return – forcing him to watch Poland’s biggest speedway event from the sidelines.

But he wasn’t going to wait any longer and got back on track for the Aztorin Slovenian SGP in Krsko on June 1. Taking on the world’s best riders after weeks out was never going to be easy, and Janowski picked up four points that night. He followed that up with seven in Prague two weeks later.

With a three-week break after that and his strength rapidly returning, Magic made up for lost time and produced a glorious run of results across the summer. First he raced to third place and 13 points at the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik

He followed up with 12 in his first-ever Betard Wroclaw SGP. Despite looking on course for the final, fellow countryman Janusz Kolodziej got the better of him in one of the races of the season to knock him out at the semi-final stage.

The points kept coming and he roared to 15 and third place at the Scandinavian SGP in Malilla – his Swedish Elitserien home track.

After starring on familiar shale, he then headed to the German SGP in Teterow, where he had reached just one semi-final in three appearances.

He dramatically improved on that record, going all the way to victory at the Bergring Arena as he won the final ahead of Bartosz Zmarzlik, Matej Zagar and Niels-Kristian Iversen on August 31.

With Janowski now seventh on 67 points, he was 13 clear of Iversen in ninth and nicely poised to retain his SGP spot for 2020.

He didn’t reach another semi-final for the rest of the year, scoring six in Vojens and seven in Cardiff and Torun.

But his work was done. With qualification secured, he now has a full season to chase down the frontrunners, and Janowski will fancy his chances of winning his elusive first SGP World Championship medal in 2020.

 

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