PAWLICKI'S BROTHERLY BACK-UP
Poland's Piotr Pawlicki admits brother Przemek’s presence in his pits “showed in the results” as the siblings prepare to join forces again.
14 / 04 / 2017, 12:00
Polish star Piotr Pawlicki admits brother Przemek’s presence in his pits “showed in the results” as the siblings prepare to join forces again in this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
After a stuttering start to his debut World Championship season, Piotr stormed into red-hot form in the second half of the season after Przemek joined his crew for the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff in July.
He reached the last seven semi-finals of the season and one final, finishing third at the Swedish SGP in Malilla.
Przemek was with me for every GP from Cardiff and it showed in the results. They were much better.
This took him to a rock-solid sixth place in the final standings – a result the brothers are keen to build on this year.
Piotr knows Przemek is busy with his own racing career, as he lines up for Gorzow in Poland, Masarna in Sweden and Danish team Grindsted. But he admits having his elder brother in the pits made all the difference as he got to grips with SGP life.
He said: “Przemek was with me for every GP from Cardiff and it showed in the results. They were much better.
“Przemek’s presence was good mentality for me and when he has free time and he doesn’t have practice for the Ekstraliga in Poland, I think he will always come with me to the GP.
“We know he races in the Polish and Swedish leagues. He wants to come to the GP, but he must sleep before his meetings and doesn’t always have to come with me and get tired. If he’s flying and helping me in the pits, this is tiring for him. But I think he wants to come to every GP and we’ll be fine.”
Przemek isn’t the only key member of Piotr’s SGP crew, with Polish kickboxing star Tomasz Skrzypek also joining the tour as trainer.
Piotr said: “In the winter, I did many practices with my new trainer Tomasz. He represented Poland for 20 years in kickboxing. He’s a new face in my team and he comes with me all the time to the GP and Polish league meetings.”