RIDER REVIEW: MACIEJ JANOWSKI
SGP Rider Review takes a look back at how the 2016 FIM Speedway Grand Prix class of 2016 got on. Today we feature Maciej Janowski.
The Polish racer’s season started with so much promise – double figures and semi-final appearances in all but one of the opening six rounds put Magic fourth in the World Championship.
And if you add to that a terrific triumph at the Kjærgaard Danish SGP in Horsens on June 11, it appeared Janowski was on course to challenge for a place on the podium.
But a tough second half of the season put pay to his hopes as Janowski failed to make a single semi in the final five rounds, plunging out of the top eight at the last meeting in Melbourne to end up 10th overall.
The promise he has shown over the past two seasons was enough to earn him a wild card for 2017 from the SGP Commission.
But Magic will be determined to rediscover the 2015 form that saw him win the Latvian SGP in Daugavpils, the Polish Championship and secure seventh place in the final SGP standings last year.
A year away from home with Polish club Wroclaw, as they raced in Poznan while their home stadium was redeveloped, possibly didn’t help matters. Janowski’s surprise omission from Poland’s team for the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Final in Manchester may have also come as a blow to his confidence as he reportedly battled with engine issues.
But the 2011 World Under-21 champion has shown huge potential and will be keen to bounce from a testing year with a big season in 2017.
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