RIDER ROUND-UP: PATRYK DUDEK
SGP Rider Round-up is your guide to what the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars get up to during the off-season. Today, we feature Patryk Dudek.
While every rider usually manages to enjoy some leisure time during the off-season, some of the SGP stars are busier than others when it comes to setting things up for the season.
Polish champion Dudek is the only SGP 2017 rider who has never raced a full FIM Speedway World Championship season.
"I start from the assumption that the less you know, the better you sleep."
- Patryk Dudek
That’s not to say he isn’t geared up for it; Dudek already races for Zielona Gora in Poland and Dackarna in the Swedish Elitserien, as well as representing his country on the world stage.
But taking on the sport’s elite in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series over 12 rounds is no easy task, and Dudek has been hard at work preparing both men and machinery for the biggest season of his career to date. He hopes investing heavily will pay dividends.
He said: “I have quite a lot of new equipment: 10 engines, five full frames, so the workshop is absolutely ready for the SGP series.
“Now I only wish to have good luck and get 100 percent on the track from the rider, engine and equipment. Then the results will be satisfying for me, fans and sponsors.”
Investing in the right kit is one thing; investing trust in the right people is also vital when it comes to succeeding in the SGP series.
Dudek leaves others to worry about finance and organisational matters, ensuring he can focus all his attention on piling up the points.
“I start from the assumption that the less you know, the better you sleep,” he said. “The basic estimate of what it all costs is made by my dad and I during the winter break. Also for this year, Krystian Plech will join my team as a manager. He will take care of organisational matters during GPs, like sponsors’ hospitality.”
Asked if joining the SGP elite will take its toll on his finances, he said: “I don’t know, but the costs are surely higher. There’s much more to spend on transportation. But I believe we’ll compensate for this during the season and come out with profit.”
Dudek has been training hard in his homeland ahead of the new season. But if he had unlimited money, he admits he’d have gladly swapped Poland for sunnier climes.
He joked: “I would build a speedway track somewhere on a tropical island. Maybe staging the first SGP of the season there would be an option, haha?
“I’m not against staying in Zielona Gora and practising with my coach. I also have also done some training with Grzegorz Zengota. It works fine. As long the results are good, there’s no need to change much. Maybe if some problems appear, we will consider practising in another climate.
“Having a coach can give positive effects. It can make you motivated to show more. Being alone, in warm weather when it’s 20 degrees outside, you can easily become lazy. I sometimes follow the way of Rocky Balboa – the tougher the conditions are, the better.”
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