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RIDER REVIEW | EMIL SAYFUTDINOV

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the stars of SGP 2019 fared. Today, we feature Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov.

02 / 02 / 2020, 19:39

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the stars of SGP 2019 fared. Today, we feature Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov.

The Salavat-born star stormed to his joint-best FIM Speedway Grand Prix season as he bagged the bronze medal – matching the third spot he achieved in his World Championship debut campaign in 2009. But he was firmly in the race for gold all the way to the end.

Sayfutdinov had an unspectacular start to his season when he registered six points at the series-opening Boll Warsaw SGP.

But business picked up quickly. He raced to two high-scoring semi-final finishes in Krsko and Prague, notching 13 and 11 points respectively. An engine failure in the Anlas Czech SGP semi left him fuming as Sayfutdinov strived for his first SGP victory since 2013.

He didn’t have to wait much longer, though. He stormed to top spot in the World Championship with victory and 17 huge points at the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik on July 6.

It was tight at the top, with Sayfutdinov level on 47 with Patryk Dudek and Leon Madsen as he took a break from the SGP series to successfully defend the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations title with Russia on July 20 and 21.

A famous victory for the hosts at the Final in Togliatti set Sayfutdinov up perfectly for a huge second half of the season.

He roared to 14 points at the Betard Wroclaw SGP on August 3, but yet another high-scoring display wasn’t rewarded with a final spot as Bartosz Zmarzlik joined him at the top on 61.

A seven-point haul at the Scandinavian SGP in Malilla saw Sayfutdinov drop to third, before he tallied 10 in Teterow.

The Leszno hero was keen to end the season in style and reached the Danish SGP final at Vojens, bagging 16 points and fourth place. But with Zmarzlik topping the podium to move nine clear in first place, Sayfutdinov had plenty of work to do.

He scored a huge 17 on his way to second at the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff on September 21, pulling back two on Zmarzlik to put himself hot on the Pole’s heels going into the title-deciding Revline Torun SGP on October 5.

Despite racing to second place and 15 points at the Marian Rose Motoarena, it was Zmarzlik’s night. His 14-point haul was enough to seal gold, while a 21-point, seven-ride maximum from Leon Madsen saw him snatch silver.

Sayfutdinov will be keen to break into the world’s top two in 2020. With Togliatti staging the first-ever Russian SGP and his country chasing a third straight Monster Energy SON world title this year, the stakes are high for a man seeking to be crowned Russia’s first-ever individual senior world champion.

 

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