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MADSEN DEFIES FALL TO WIN SEC OPENER

Leon Madsen picked up himself up from a heavy crash to win the opening round of the Speedway European Championship in Bydgoszcz on Wednesday

16 / 06 / 2021, 20:49

FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Leon Madsen picked up himself up from a heavy crash to win the opening round of the Speedway European Championship in Bydgoszcz on Wednesday.

The Dane qualified for the semi-final on 10 points, before taking second place behind Great Britain shooting star Dan Bewley to reach the final, joining Mikkel Michelsen and Piotr Pawlicki, who topped the score chart in the heats on 14 and 13 respectively.

There was drama in the first staging of the race when Michelsen felled Madsen as he tried to charge up the inside on lap three.

The former SGP star was excluded and apologised to Madsen, who lifted himself off the shale to take his place in an epic re-run.

The world No.5 launched a ferocious pursuit of Pawlicki, hounding him relentlessly until Madsen forced his way under the Pole on lap three.

Pawlicki had to make do with second place, but having piled up the points in the heats, he still leads the SEC standings on 15 points - one ahead of Michelsen and two clear of Madsen.

Dudek is fourth on 11, level with Bewley, who is classified fifth overall, but finished third in the final on an impressive SEC debut appearance.

Reigning European champion Robert Lambert fell just short of the semi-finals on eight points, along with German international Kai Huckenbeck.

The series continues with round two at German track Gustrow on June 26, with the 2021 European champion earning the first guaranteed place in SGP 2022.

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Piotr Pawlicki 15, 2 Mikkel Michelsen 14, 3 Leon Madsen 13, 4 Patryk Dudek 11, 5 Dan Bewley 11, 6 Vadim Tarasenko 11, 7 Robert Lambert 8, 8 Kai Huckenbeck 8, 9 Vaclav Milik 7, 10 Andzejs Lebedevs 5, 11 Jacob Thorssell 5, 12 Bartosz Smektala 4, 13 Sergei Logachev 4, 14 Patrick Hansen 4, 15 Nicki Pedersen 3, 16 Timo Lahti 3, 17 Mateusz Tonder 0, 18 Wiktor Przyjemski 0.

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