21/11/2016, 10:00

GP Challenge winner Patryk Dudek admits it’ll be every Pole for himself as the nation’s young guns battle it out for FIM Speedway Grand Prix supremacy in 2017.

Dudek stormed into the series with a 15-point maximum at the GP Challenge in Vetlanda on September 3.

He joins World Championship bronze medallist Bartosz Zmarzlik, world No.6 Piotr Pawlicki and wild card Maciej Janowski in the competition.

"We are friends, but in the GP you can’t look for another rider, whether he’s your friend or not."

- Patryk Dudek

The quartet all played their part in Poland’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup win in Manchester in July, with Krzysztof Kasprzak replacing Janowski after the opening round in Vojens.

Poland’s young guns generated a terrific team spirit that week and get on well away from the track.

But Polish champion Dudek admits friendships will be left at the pit gate when the fab four race for World Championship honours next year.

He said: “We are friends, but in the GP you can’t look for another rider, whether he’s your friend or not. I want be the winner, but of course everything has to stay within the fair play rules.”

While Dudek is keen to cement his spot as his nation’s No.1 next year, he believes the Polish fans will have plenty to shout about, whoever comes out on top.

“I think our fans should be happy,” he said. “We are young and hungry Poles and all of us can do something big. I hope all the supporters have some amazing moments with the four of us in the GP series.”

Zmarzlik’s charge to third place in his SGP debut season underlined his World Championship credentials for the coming years.

Asked if he could make a similar statement, Dudek said: “I am focused on myself. Time will tell if I can do something similar. Bartek had a good season and third place is a big success. He deserved that.”


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