02/12/2016, 12:54

Polish champion Patryk Dudek insisted “I just want to race without injuries and enjoy my riding” as he bids for a successful FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut season in 2017.

The Zielona Gora and Dackarna favourite stormed to a 15-point maximum at the GP Challenge in Vetlanda on September 3 to book his place in next year’s World Championship.

While many riders have arrived on the sport’s top stage with big targets, statements and ambitions, Dudek is very grounded in his approach to SGP life.

"I just want to race without injuries and enjoy my riding. If all that happens, success will come."

- Patryk Dudek

And he hopes that will serve him well as he bids to build on a 2016 season that saw him scoop Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup gold, his first Polish Championship and GP Challenge glory.

Asked what his SGP 2017 target is, Dudek replied: “I just want to race without injuries and enjoy my riding. If all that happens, success will come.”

The Bydgoszcz-born racer admits he didn’t expect the level of success he enjoyed this year. He said: “I didn’t think I would have such a good season. I was surprised by a few things, but I also know how hard I worked for this, so hard work gave me all this success.”

As he prepares to join the World Championship, Dudek has the benefit of plenty of top-line league experience in Poland and Sweden behind him. With the 24-year-old already well prepared for racing the sport’s big names, he doesn’t feel any major changes are needed to his racing team and equipment.

He said: “There will not be too many changes. I will just buy a few more engines and parts. Only one person will join my team. Everything else will stay like it was in 2016.”

Feeling nervous or excited is nothing unusual ahead of a rider’s first SGP season. But Dudek admits he has spent little time contemplating the challenges ahead.

He said: “To be fair, I don’t feel anything about that yet. I’m focused now on building everything for the season with my team, organising everything and preparing the best I can.

“Season 2017 is not only about the Grand Prix. My teams in Poland and Sweden, Zielona Gora and Dackarna, are also very important for me.”


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