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DUDEK'S HOME COMFORTS

Polish champion Patryk Dudek insists Zielona Gora is “my home” as he seeks to “continue racing there as long as I can.”

05 / 01 / 2017, 12:49

Polish champion Patryk Dudek insists Zielona Gora is “my home” as he seeks to “continue racing there as long as I can.”

The two-time Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup winner starts what will be his ninth straight season with Falubaz – the club he has raced for since his debut on the shale in 2009.

Despite being born in Bydgoszcz, the 24-year-old has become an icon at Zielona Gora, where he has been part of three Ekstraliga title-winning sides.

My sponsors and family come from Zielona Gora and the feeling of being part of that club and the town is amazing. I’ll continue racing there as long as I can.

Patryk Dudek

So the FIM Speedway Grand Prix newcomer can’t wait to take the step on to the sport’s biggest stage with his boyhood club backing him.

He said: “It’s my home. I’ve spent most of my time here since I was kid. This is my club, we have amazing supporters and I feel good at the club.

“My sponsors and family come from Zielona Gora and the feeling of being part of that club and the town is amazing. I’ll continue racing there as long as I can.”

With the likes of Aussie sensation Jason Doyle, Polish hero Jaroslaw Hampel and Falubaz legend Piotr Protasiewicz in the team, Zielona Gora will be among the favourites for championship gold.

But Dudek accepts winning the title will be no easy task.

He said: “Every team wants to be the champions and they can all be dangerous. We will see. It will be cool to back on top again. The season is long, but we will do all we can.”

Dudek joins world No.3 Bartosz Zmarzlik, Piotr Pawlicki and Maciej Janowski in representing Poland on the SGP stage.

One big absentee is former world No.2 Hampel, who was unable to take his place in the 2016 series due to injury.

But Dudek is backing the six-time SWC winner to return to the World Championship. He said: “Jarek is a really good guy. I hope he gets back to his level ASAP and gets back into the GP series as soon as he can.”

 

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