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Artem Laguta’s manager Rafal Lewicki revealed the rider wasn’t a fan of the Prague track – until he stormed to victory there on Sunday.
24 / 07 / 2021, 12:21
Artem Laguta’s manager Rafal Lewicki revealed the rider wasn’t a fan of the Marketa Stadium track – until he stormed to victory in Anlas Czech SGP round two in Prague last Sunday.
Laguta picked up the second FIM Speedway Grand Prix win of his career when he passed international team mate Emil Sayfutdinov to top the podium.
He also fell just short of the final in round one on Friday, July 16, with Great Britain ace Tai Woffinden producing a remarkable ride to hold on to second place in semi-final two and eliminate Laguta from the meeting.
It was a fantastic day. For all speedway riders, winning a Grand Prix is something special. Artem has now done it for the second time in his career.
Prior to Sunday's win, Laguta had reached four Prague semi-finals, but hadn't converted any of them into a final appearance.
Speaking to his team before the action got started, the triple Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations winner admitted he wasn’t a fan of the longest-serving track on the SGP calendar.
But that didn’t stop Laguta from racing to one of the biggest victories of his career there to follow up his triumph at the SGP 2020 season-opener in Wroclaw – venue for rounds three and four next Friday and Saturday.
Lewicki said: “When we were on the track walk with Artem, he said ‘I really don’t like this track.’ One of the reasons is it’s hard to overtake and if you don’t make the start, it’s sometimes tough to get a good place out of the first corner.
“But I told him ‘Artem, if we do everything right and you truly believe it, it can be your favourite track.’ It happened. He was laughing after the meeting. We were talking about what he said before.
“It was a fantastic day. For all speedway riders, winning a Grand Prix is something special. Artem has now done it for the second time in his career. The white helmet was lucky in Wroclaw. It was lucky in Prague and he was racing brilliantly.”
Lewicki admits Laguta is loving life in 2021, with a strong support network around him and a new Polish club, having made the switch from Grudziadz to PGE Ekstraliga title challengers Wroclaw over the winter.
“Artem is very happy,” he said. “He has good support from his family, fans and the sponsors. Thank you to them.
“It’s always nice to have good people around you and he feels very good at Wroclaw, so thanks to them as well. That gives him a little extra power. Hopefully that will carry on through the rest of the season.”