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PEPE DREAMS OF SGP COMEBACK

Polish veteran Piotr Protasiewicz insists he hasn’t given up on his dream of an FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback.

20 / 03 / 2017, 10:08

Polish veteran Piotr Protasiewicz insists he hasn’t given up on his dream of an FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback.

The Zielona Gora legend last appeared in the series as first reserve in 2010, with his most recent full World Championship season in 2006.

Despite turning 42 in January, Pepe admits seeing 46-year-old Greg Hancock lift his fourth world title still gives him hope that he could return to the big time after over a decade away.

If my body is in good health, the mind too, the equipment is fine and, first and foremost, you’ve got the will, then at any stage of your career it’s possible to fight for the top prizes.

Piotr Protasiewicz

He said: “Greg proves that success is possible at any age. He is much older than me. I can’t compare myself to him because he is a multiple world champion, but he makes me feel that it’s never too late.

“If my body is in good health, the mind too, the equipment is fine and, first and foremost, you’ve got the will, then at any stage of your career it’s possible to fight for the top prizes.”

Protasiewicz has his sights set on a place in the SGP qualifying rounds, which culminate with the GP Challenge in Togliatti on August 19. But he admits just getting out of the Polish qualifier will be no easy task.

He said: “I have tried to come back for a couple of years, but the sport doesn’t always meet our expectations. All plans can’t get fulfilled.

“This year I will try to ride again in the SGP qualifiers. We all know that even the national stage is difficult and getting into the international rounds isn’t an easy thing. Anyway, I will try. I have worked solidly during my preparation time in the winter.

“We will see what happens. I want it a lot. Getting through has been my target for a couple of years and it wasn’t a decision taken just after waking up today.

“I also feel that I’ve become more mature and can handle things better now, so my sporting and preparation level makes me ready to be back in the series and take up the challenge again.

“It looks like the Polish qualifiers will be the first important meetings of the season and the beginning of a long, long journey that I’d like to complete.”

 

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