MIEDZINSKI QUITS POOLE
Friday 8th June 2012, 09:46
Polish international Adrian Miedzinski has parted company with the Poole Pirates, but his 8.47 average could pave the way for Antonio Lindback or Krzysztof Kasprzak to return to the club.
The Dorset side agreed terms with the 2010 FIM Speedway World Cup winner until the end of May and he has provided his Torun team mates Darcy Ward and Chris Holder fantastic back-up at Wimborne Road.
Pirates can now sign a replacement up to Miedzinski’s 8.47 figure – a marked improvement on the 5.57 average they recruited him on.
This could allow Poole assets Kasprzak (7.92) or Lindback (7.94) to return to the club and continue Pirates’ push for a second straight Elite League title.
Promoter Matt Ford believes the team wouldn’t have racked up their club-record 15-match unbeaten run without Miedzinski’s firepower and he will now seek a replacement in time for their home meeting with King’s Lynn on Wednesday.
"The biggest compliment I can pay Adrian is that I feel almost certain that we wouldnâ€™t have managed our unbeaten 15-match run without him."
- Matt Ford
But Ford doesn’t rule out bringing the rider back to Dorset in the future. He said: “Sadly, Adrian has informed us that he cannot continue to commit to British speedway at the present time.
“Adrian said from the outset that he would look at his schedule at this time and has been true to his word. I just hoped we had done enough to convince him that he would stay for the rest of the season.
“Clearly it is not a case of Adrian being unhappy at Poole – quite the opposite. In fact he has delayed talking to me because he was finding it difficult to approach me about the matter.
“I think his scores for us are testament to him and on Wednesday night against Swindon he received the ‘Rider of the Night’ accolade after his outstanding 13-point return.
“The biggest compliment I can pay Adrian is that I feel almost certain that we wouldn’t have managed our unbeaten 15-match run without him.
“Unfortunately he struggled in his Polish league match last weekend against Tarnow and both Adrian and Torun feel that he needs less distractions and to concentrate fully on his Polish commitments.
“It has been a pleasure to have him at the club. It’s just a shame it hasn’t been longer. I am confident that this will not be the end of his association with Poole Speedway.”
Miedzinski paid tribute to Ford and the Pirates following his departure. He said: “I am very grateful to Matt Ford for having me at Poole.
“I have really enjoyed racing for Pirates. I have been looked after very well by the club. Matt is a great guy and the best promoter I have raced for here in the UK. It was very difficult to tell him that I need to stop riding in Britain to focus more on my Polish team.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the Poole fans for the support they have showed me. I will be watching closely and really hope they can be champions again.”