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HAMPEL RETURNS AFTER COVID BATTLE

Former world No.2 Jarosław Hampel is back on track for Lublin this weekend after winning his battle with Covid-19.

09 / 04 / 2021, 10:28

Former world No.2 Jarosław Hampel is back on track for Lublin this weekend after winning his battle with Covid-19.

The Polish icon tested positive for the coronavirus along with team mate Grigorii Laguta, forcing the postponement of Lublin’s season-opening home match with Częstochowa last Friday.

While a number of people who pick up the virus do not develop symptoms, Hampel admits he suffered badly for a number of days. But he is relieved to have recovered well as he prepares to resume racing at Gorzów in the PGE Ekstraliga on Sunday.

I was not asymptomatic. On the contrary, the symptoms were strong. The only plus was, in fact, that this bad condition passed relatively quickly.

Jarosław Hampel

The former FIM Speedway Grand Prix star told Sportowefakty.pl: “It's good now. However, the truth is that I have felt strongly what the coronavirus is.

“I was not asymptomatic. On the contrary, the symptoms were strong. The only plus was, in fact, that this bad condition passed relatively quickly.

“For five days I felt extremely bad, even terrible, and then I got better and better. After 10 days, I basically forgot about the virus.

“Yesterday we had training. I felt normal. Everything is fine after my illness.”

Hampel admits his time off the bike has been far from helpful as riders use these crucial weeks to test equipment ahead of a busy season.

He added: “There are some concerns, because I lost almost two weeks at the very beginning of the season, i.e. in the most critical period. That's when everyone rides and tests the equipment and there are really many engines to test.

“I had a lot of time, because I was training with the team in Krško, but later, our training plans were spoiled by the weather, and in the end I was caught by a virus. There was one training session; there will be another one on Friday and final preparations on Saturday.

“Sure, it worries me a bit, because there was really not enough time to do everything solidly and well. But I have to cope. I'm not going to whine. You have to do as much as you can and go to Gorzów. I will select my engine and I hope to hit it right.”

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