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MAGIC NIGHT IN WARSAW

Maciej Janowski was gutted to fall just short of glory in Warsaw on Saturday but admits the PGE Narodowy crowd sent “shivers down my spine."

15 / 05 / 2017, 11:00

Polish hero Maciej Janowski was gutted to fall just short of glory in the LOTTO Warsaw SGP of Poland on Saturday, but admits the PGE Narodowy crowd sent “shivers down my spine.”

Magic missed out on becoming the first home rider to win in Warsaw after World Championship leader Freddie Lindgren took the chequered flag.

An impressive 16 points sent Janowski up to fourth place in the standings, but he admits he was desperate to land what would have been a famous win in front of a packed PGE Narodowy.

I felt the energy and thank everybody who was there at PGE Narodowy in Warsaw. The cheering was unbelievable. I felt shivers down my spine and I feel like the event lasted for just a one second.

Maciej Janowski

He said: “It’s a shame. I was so close. I wanted to hear the national anthem for the fans and myself. I wanted to sing it out loud. I chased as fast as I could, but I missed a bit. Freddie was very fast.

“I felt the energy and thank everybody who was there at PGE Narodowy in Warsaw. The cheering was unbelievable. I felt shivers down my spine and I feel like the event lasted for just a one second.

“Second is the first defeated but there were 16 guys with an ability to win it. I’m happy that my hard work slowly gives some results. We’ll get back home and resume our training at the gym. We will push further.

“It is important to collect one point after another. At the end, only points will count so I’d love to score lots.”

Janowski admits securing second behind Jason Doyle in his semi-final, in which he was tantalisingly to snatching victory, took a lot out of him.

He said: “The semi-final cost me a lot of energy. I could hardly breathe afterwards. I was panting when I got back to the pits.”

Janowski paid tribute to his team for the preparations that earned him four race wins in the heats and seconds in the semi and final.

He said: “At the practice, I felt that my bikes were performing well. I was very calm and very well prepared by (my coach) Mariusz (Cieslinski). My mechanics prepared the equipment and it was simply great, so it all worked out very well. It was a must to observe everything around us and make good changes.”

 

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