KK SHOCKED BY COVENTRY AXE
Krzysztof Kasprzak was stunned to be sacked by Coventry ahead of their final Elite League meeting – as he couldn’t ride in it anyway.
11 / 09 / 2013, 09:12
Polish rider Krzysztof Kasprzak admits he was stunned to be sacked by Coventry ahead of their final Elite League meeting – as he couldn’t compete in it anyway.
The Poole asset, who celebrates 10 years in British speedway with a testimonial at Wimborne Road tonight, was unceremoniously dumped by the Bees following a number of indifferent performances, culminating in his three-point haul in the team’s 70-20 destruction at Peterborough on August 20.
Kasprzak was unable to line up against King’s Lynn last Friday as he was in Krsko, practising for Saturday’s Doodson Slovenian SGP, where he scored a promising eight points and only missed the semi cut on countback.
Coventry would have been allowed a guest rider to cover for their No.1, so Kasprzak was baffled when they released a statement, dropping him from the team and drafting in Linus Sundstrom for one meeting.
I couldn’t race anywhere on Friday. I had GP practice and they would have had to take a guest. It’s a shame – I have worked very hard all season and it’s not fair.
KK said: “I wasn’t racing anywhere on Friday because I had practice in Krsko. That’s why I didn’t race. I don’t know why they did that. You must ask the Coventry club.
“I was the best rider in the team for my last two meetings. I scored the most points.
“I don’t know why they did this because I couldn’t race anywhere on Friday. I had GP practice and they would have had to take a guest. It’s a shame – I have worked very hard all season and it’s not fair.”
Kasprzak scored seven points in his first three heats in Krsko, but paid the price for scoring just one from his last two as Matej Zagar’s two heat wins took him into the last eight ahead of the Polish international.
KK, runner-up in the GP Challenge at Poole and already guaranteed an SGP spot for 2014, said: “Everything went right and we are very happy. I only made a mistake in the last race because I didn’t change the bike and that’s all.
“Later the track changed and we didn’t change anything. We thought it would be alright, but it was not. I hope Stockholm will be better – we will try our best.”
Kasprzak returns to his British home track Poole tonight to lead a select side into action against the Pirates to celebrate a decade in the Elite League.
Poole line up with the likes of Darcy Ward, Davey Watt, Bjarne Pedersen and Adam Skornicki, while Zagar, Martin Vaculik, Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Damian Balinski join KK in his team.