14/03/2017, 12:46

Chilled Polish champion Patryk Dudek says he was in no rush to get back on a bike as he limbers up for his FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut season.

The Zielona Gora and Dackarna star took his first practice laps at Polish track Ostrow last Saturday.

Some riders have been training on motocross machines for a few weeks as they build their fitness for the new World Championship season, which begins with the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP in Krsko on April 29.

"Personally, I save my hunger to ride until the last moment. It lets me hit the track with energy."

- Patryk Dudek

But Dudek is ready to bide his time, with his first league match for Falubaz at home to Grudziadz on April 17.

He said: “I have never been much into motocross. Last year I did it only once, this time much more – three or four times. The main thing is that we started speedway training on Saturday at Ostrow.

“It depends on the individual attitude of each rider. As far as I know, Bartek Zmarzlik began riding his speedway bike last week. He toured the tracks in Wittstock, Ostrow and has now been to Krsko too.

“Those who need a lot of riding maybe feel lots of practice is a must. Personally, I save my hunger to ride until the last moment. It lets me hit the track with energy.”

Dudek admits he’d prefer to take his practice laps in Poland rather than make the trek to Italy, Slovenia or Croatia.

The 24-year-old said: “The most favourable option would be to practice in Zielona Gora, which is the closest, but having an opportunity, I will look for other open tracks in Poland too. Travelling abroad costs money.”

Questions have always been asked about riders using other motorcycle sports to get ready for the speedway season.

Polish racer Maciej Janowski is currently recovering from collarbone surgery after crashing during a motocross training session in Italy.

But Dudek admits accidents can happen in less risky environments. He said: “I don’t know the exact circumstances of Janowski’s fall, but for sure, it sometimes happens.

“Even at the gym someone may break his collarbone or stumble over a cable and suffer an injury. Maciej was still in pre-season when he crashed and I guess that he will manage to recover for his first match.”


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