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SAYFUTDINOV READY TO WRITE MORE LESZNO HISTORY

Emil Sayfutdinov admits he enjoys making history as Leszno start their bid for a fifth straight PGE Ekstraliga title this evening.

04 / 04 / 2021, 10:51

Double European champion Emil Sayfutdinov admits he enjoys making history as Leszno start their bid for a fifth straight PGE Ekstraliga title this evening.

The Bulls have charged to four in a row since 2017 and the club has now won a record 18 Polish titles – with Rybnik second on the all-time list with 12.

Sayfutdinov joins forces with the likes of FIM Speedway Grand Prix rival Jason Doyle, Janusz Kolodziej, Piotr Pawlicki and World Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey to chase another gold medal.

I like making history because it is something different. But some really hard work is ahead of us.

Emil Sayfutdinov

No club has claimed five or more on the bounce since Rybnik raced to seven on the spin between 1962 and 1968, while the current Leszno side is still playing catch-up with the generation that won six successive championships between 1949 and 1954.

Sayfutdinov would love to help the current Leszno side add to a golden chapter in the club’s history books.

But he admits there is plenty of hard work to do as they launch their title quest against last year’s play-off final opponents Gorzow, who track world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik, Martin Vaculik and Anders Thomsen.

The two-time World Under-21 champion said: “I like making history because it is something different. But some really hard work is ahead of us.

"We have 14 meetings to score some really good points. The most important thing is making the play-offs. Then we have to get to the final and if we do, we will try to win. There’s a long way to go and I can’t wait to start the league.

“It will be hard because other teams are also strong. I don’t know what can happen, but I don’t think about other teams.”

Leszno may have seen young guns Bartosz Smektala and Dominik Kubera depart over the winter.

But the signing of Doyle has provided the Bulls another hard charger, while junior star Kacper Pludra announced his arrival by winning his one and only PGE Ekstraliga race last season.

“On paper, it is a strong team,” Sayfutdinov said. “But I never calculate things on paper. We need to be prepared for the season and we need to be fast on the track. That is most important.

“We will see what happens. We will try to push for another gold medal.”

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