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LIONS COOL AFTER GORZOW DUEL

Danish star Leon Madsen revealed he cleared the air with Czestochowa team mate Jason Doyle following their bar-to-bar battle in Gorzow.

13 / 09 / 2020, 11:48

Danish star Leon Madsen revealed he cleared the air with Czestochowa team mate Jason Doyle following their bar-to-bar battle in last night’s Enea Gorzow SGP round four.

In a typically gripping Gorzow final, Doyle hit the front, only for Freddie Lindgren to build up a head of steam on the opening lap, before sweeping through with a classy cutback on lap two, bend two.

Madsen and Doyle then fought furiously over second place for two laps, with the Dane thundering under the Aussie coming out of the last corner to snatch the 18 points on offer. The world No.2 caught Doyle on his way through and the 2017 world champion was far from happy as he crossed the line.

The adrenaline was pumping after the race and we had to calm down a little bit on the podium. But afterwards we had a good talk to clear things up. It’s fine now.

Leon Madsen

While last night’s top three are Czestochowa colleagues, there was a frosty atmosphere between Madsen and Doyle after the race.

The trio line up in a crunch clash away to champions Leszno this afternoon, which the Lions must at least draw to book their place in the PGE Ekstraliga play-off semi-finals.

Luckily for the Lions, Madsen says he smoothed things over with Doyle following their titanic tussle and insists he didn’t intend to hit the Newcastle-born ace.

He said: “The adrenaline was pumping after the race and we had to calm down a little bit on the podium. But afterwards we had a good talk to clear things up. It’s fine now.

“It was the final and it’s tough racing. Everyone is tough on you and Jason was also tough on me a few times, getting under me in the corners.

“In the last corner, I took maybe a small chance. I went on the inside and there were a few ruts that put my bike towards him. I didn’t want to hit him or anything.

“When you watch it, you’ll see I didn’t take him to the fence. I touched him, but I tried to turn left so I didn’t take him to the fence. It’s tough and I didn’t want to hit him on purpose.

“I just hit a few ruts and my bike got pulled. It was difficult. That’s how it is. It’s tough racing in the GP.”

While Lindgren, Madsen and Doyle were rivals last night, Madsen insists the focus is very much on teaming up to chase points at Leszno this afternoon.

“That’s why we had to sort it out,” he said. “We have an important meeting today with Czestochowa. It’s going to be tough in Leszno. If we can have a draw or win the meeting, we are in the play-offs. We are going to do our best.

“All three of us are feeling it after those hard meetings, but I’m sure we’ll go there and put in a good performance. Hopefully the rest of the boys in the team can step up as well. We need everyone to score points to win the meeting and hopefully we can do that.”

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