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EKSTRALIGA | FALUBAZ HEROES TAME LIONS

SGP ace Martin Vaculik raced to 14 points for Zielona Gora as Falubaz legend Piotr Protasiewicz defied a frightening fall to snatch victory.

07 / 08 / 2020, 21:52

Slovak star Martin Vaculik raced to 14 points for Zielona Gora as Falubaz legend Piotr Protasiewicz defied a frightening fall to snatch his side victory at Czestochowa on Friday.

The visitors raced to a 47-43 PGE Ekstraliga triumph on a night they simply proved too hot to handle from the tapes for the Lions.

Vaculik was on his way to a fourth straight 15-point haul for Falubaz until world No.2 Leon Madsen produced a sublime ride to deny his former Tarnow team mate a maximum in heat 15.

While Vaculik led the charge for Zielona Gora, it was Protasiewicz who delivered the match-winning ride in heat 14.

He suffered a heavy crash at the first time of asking when Czestochowa star Rune Holta lifted going into lap two and bounced his fellow Polish international into the safety fence. The pursuing Pawel Przedpelski couldn’t avoid Pepe and the PGE Ekstraliga’s record appearance-maker was dragged halfway along the home straight like a ragdoll by his stricken bike.

After a short breather, an heroic Protasiewicz got to his feet, dusted himself down and coolly won the re-run ahead of Przedpelski to seal Falubaz the points. Pepe ended his night on 10, while SGP star Patryk Dudek added nine paid 10. Promising reserve Norbert Krakowiak also impressed on six paid seven, on a night which saw him beat 2017 world champion Jason Doyle twice.

Madsen matched Vaculik’s 14 to top the Lions scoring, while Freddie Lindgren was in fine form with 13 paid 15 points from six races and Holta added nine paid 10. Doyle recorded just two paid three from four on a night Czestochowa still bagged the bonus point 102-78 after a 59-31 win in the reverse fixture.

In the day’s other meeting, Russian racer Artem Laguta raced to 14 of his own as Grudziadz romped to a 51-39 win and a 109-71 aggregate victory away to relegation rivals Rybnik. Only European champion Robert Lambert could deny him a maximum as the Brit raced to eight paid nine for the hosts.

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen won his opening four outings, before ending with a third place behind Sergey Logachev to finish on 13. The Russian topped the Rybnik scorechart on nine paid 10.

For full details of the day’s results, scorers and the latest league table, click here: http://bit.ly/2uoK8OX.

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