16/12/2016, 12:51

Polish star Maciej Janowski admits being handed an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card turned his winter around as he prepares for 2017.

Magic dropped out of the World Championship’s top eight at the season-closing QBE Insurance Australian SGP after a tough end to his year.

Despite reaching the semi-finals in five of the opening six rounds and winning in Horsens, the Wroclaw-born racer didn’t make the top eight in any of the last five events this year.

"For sure I don’t wish to have as bad a season as I had in 2016. Now I will do all I can to go better."

- Maciej Janowski

This left him relying on a wild card pick from the SGP Commission to save his place in the series.

Janowski was gutted at the prospect of being left off next year’s starting list, so he cannot wait to return after getting a pick.

He said: “After Melbourne, I met my friends and had a long talk. I thought it would be a real shame if I missed the series.

“The season was a bit disappointing for me, but when (SGP race director) Phil Morris called with the information that I’d got a wild card, the holiday that I was spending with Piotr (Pawlicki) turned around by 180 degrees. It was so good to get such great trust.

“For sure I don’t wish to have as bad a season as I had in 2016. Now I will do all I can to go better.”

Janowski can’t wait to return to PGE Narodowy for next year’s PZM Warsaw SGP after scoring 10 points in last season’s event.

A big victory in the Polish capital in round two would be a dream result for Magic. And while he admits the deafening roar of the home fans will help, he knows topping the box will be easier said than done.

He said: “At the venues like PGE Narodowy, the atmosphere is great for us. We go for the parade smiling. Of course the racing is a great challenge for us, the riders, because everyone would like to hear their anthem at the end, but it is not so easy.”


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