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JANOWSKI: SPEED OVER STARTS

Polish ace Maciej Janowski admits focusing on speed over starts helped fire him to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship summit.

19 / 07 / 2021, 12:34

Polish ace Maciej Janowski admits focusing on speed over starts helped fire him to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship summit in Prague.

Magic roared to top spot after winning Anlas Czech SGP round one on Friday night, before following that up with second spot behind Artem Laguta in round two on Sunday afternoon.

After dropping just two championship points on the opening weekend of SGP 2021, he leads the standings on 38 points – six ahead of nearest rivals Laguta and Emil Sayfutdinov.

Maybe my starts are not as good as before, but I am very glad I have this speed in my bike and I can compete on the track. I can chase my opponents and I like it when it’s like that.

Maciej Janowski

Fast starts are normally critical in Prague, but with speed to burn, Janowski roared past Sayfutdinov in both Friday and Sunday’s finals, producing a host of epic heats along the way.

Janowski is currently top of the PGE Ekstraliga averages in Poland on 2.672 points per race.

His attacking style and ability to reel in rivals this year has seen him hotly-tipped to win his first-ever SGP medal - possibly even gold.

While Magic knows there is plenty of hard work ahead as he chases that goal, he admits his 2021 bikes are perfectly suited to going on the attack.

He said: “This season I have very good speed in my bike. Maybe my starts are not as good as before, but I am very glad I have this speed in my bike and I can compete on the track. I can chase my opponents and I like it when it’s like that.

“I don’t need to concentrate only on the starts. I have four laps and I also believe I can chase to the finish line. That’s a very good feeling.”

Janowski admits his red-hot Polish and Swedish league form was the ideal confidence boost ahead of his first SGP test of 2021.

The Wroclaw and Dackarna star said: “Of course league racing is a completely different story to the GP. It’s hard to compare one to the other. But all the good meetings I have had this season have given me confidence; that’s for sure. Everything is going well.”

Janowski had reached three semi-finals from a possible seven at the Marketa Stadium going into last weekend. So he admits he was delighted to leave with a hatful of points this time around.

He said: “That was a good weekend for sure. We came to Prague 100 percent focused and concentrated on scoring good points. The last couple of years there I have been close, but not close enough to getting to the final.

“I am very happy with how we finished the weekend in Prague. I scored good points and had a good two meetings.”

Magic admits a change of bike boosted his chances in the closing stages on Sunday as track conditions changed dramatically following his victory on Friday night.

He said: “I was struggling a little bit on the Sunday in the middle of the meeting. But when I changed my bike, it was much, much better. I am happy I scored good points.

“The setup we used on Friday was not good on Sunday. It was very tricky and really hard – everyone was fighting very hard for the points. There was no place for mistakes and it was a very tough meeting.”

Janowski heads to his hometown for the Betard Wroclaw SGP of Poland double-header on July 30 and 31. While lining up on his boyhood track offers another opportunity to pile up the points, Janowski isn’t getting ahead of himself.

He said: “There are many great riders in the GP series. I will just try to enjoy the meetings, have fun and give fans some good racing. I am not stressed about it. I am very happy with where we are right now and how everything is working.”

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