BARTEK READY FOR GREAT EXPECTATIONS
New world No.3 Bartosz Zmarzlik says he is ready for the expectations that will follow his awesome FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut season.
The Gorzow and Vetlanda hero showed no fear in his first full-time World Championship campaign and claimed the bronze medal after making five finals this year, finishing second in Teterow, third in Cardiff, Torun and Melbourne and fourth in Malilla.
"I know that everybody will have big expectations of me and I am aware of that. I’d just like to stay in the series for a longer than one or two seasons."
- Bartosz Zmarzlik
Zmarzlik showed impressive consistency for a 21-year-old and there’s no doubt his legion of fans in Poland will expect more heroics in 2017.
The 2016 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup winner is determined to build on last year’s achievements. But above all, he’s keen to ensure he’s in the SGP series for the long haul.
He said: “When I wake up every morning and see the World Championship bronze medal, I immediately have a big smile on my face.
"I will always have good memories of this season and will do everything to be successful in the coming years.
“I know that everybody will have big expectations of me and I am aware of that. I’d just like to stay in the series for a longer than one or two seasons.
“I always strive for the best results for me personally and for my country too. I will do everything in my capabilities to get the best results in every round.”
Next year sees Zmarzlik graduate from the under-21 ranks into the seniors, meaning he must line up in Gorzow’s top five. He’s determined to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible as he faces a potentially tougher race card in the Ekstraliga.
He said: “We will see what the first year after moving up from the juniors will be like. We’ll work as a team to have an easy passage between these categories.”
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