EKSTRALIGA | GORZOW TAME BULLS
World champion Bartosz Zmarzlik starred as Gorzow inflicted champions Leszno first home loss since 2017 on Sunday.
04 / 04 / 2021, 20:42
World champion Bartosz Zmarzlik starred as Gorzow inflicted PGE Ekstraliga champions Leszno first home loss since 2017 on Sunday evening.
Gorzow took revenge for their play-off final loss at the Alfred Smoczyk Stadium last October as they triumphed 48-42 - sealing victory with two races to spare.
From SGP trio Zmarzlik, Martin Vaculik and Anders Thomsen to Gorzow’s junior stars Kamil Nowacki and Wiktor Jasinski, who picked up some match-winning points, everyone played their part in a performance which sounded a chilling warning to their title rivals.
Gorzow led from start to finish, but they were forced to fight furiously for their points, with Zmarzlik starting his season in fine style on 14.
The Pole produced a jaw-dropping ride in heat 11 after Leszno star Emil Sayfutdinov hit the front with a sensational move. Zmarzlik hunted down his SGP rival and showed incredible patience, before blazing through a seemingly impossible gap on lap four, turn three for the win.
But it was Danish champion Thomsen who sealed the points for Gorzow in heat 13. Leszno saw Piotr Pawlicki excluded after he tangled with Gorzow’s Rafal Karczmarz as he battled with his compatriot for second.
With the Bulls skipper sat in the pits, Thomsen got the better of the Aussie to give the visitors an unassailable 10-point lead.
That will have come as a sweet moment for Thomsen after he was thrown out of heat 10, when Doyle made a blistering charge up his inside going into bend four, with the Gorzow man laying the bike down.
Thomsen ended his night on seven, with Vaculik marking his return to Gorzow yellow and blue with a very handy 10 paid 11.
It wasn’t just the SGP stars who shone. Nowacki joined Vaculik on a vital 5-1 over Kacper Pludra and World Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey in heat 12 to put the visitors on course for victory.
The night belonged to Gorzow, but Leszno can be pleased with a stellar debut from Doyle, who piled up 14 paid 15 points. Sayfutdinov also delivered a battling display on his way to 12 paid 14.
Elsewhere, Torun marked their PGE Ekstraliga comeback in style as a powerful Pawel Przedpelski performance led them to a 51-39 win at home to Zielona Gora.
Making his return after a spell with Częstochowa, Przedpelski racked up 11 paid 12 points for his home-city team.
Aussie star Jack Holder raced to 10 paid 12, while his older brother Chris tallied 10 and Adrian Miedzinski added nine paid 10. Robert Lambert collected five paid seven points on his Torun debut.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the hosts as Jack Holder took a heavy fall in heat 13. With Zielona Gora star Max Fricke holding the inside line, his team mate Matej Zagar locked up and clattered the Torun top gun, with Chris Holder reacting rapidly to lay his bike down and avoid both.
Zagar was excluded from the re-run and ended his afternoon on four. Fricke starred for Falubaz on 13 paid 14, with Patryk Dudek bagging 13.
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