ZMARZLIK'S HEAT HEROICS
World No.3 Bartosz Zmarzlik was gutted to see his Warsaw victory chances slip in the semi-final, but was delighted with his heat heroics.
16 / 05 / 2017, 11:47
World No.3 Bartosz Zmarzlik was gutted to see his Warsaw victory chances slip in the semi-final, but was delighted with his heat heroics at PGE Narodowy.
The Gorzow hero finished joint-top of the LOTTO Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland heat scorechart with 12 points last Saturday.
I’m happy with how I rode in the first 20 heats. The semi-final didn’t go according to plan.
But his bid to become Warsaw’s first Polish winner faltered when he came close to crashing in an epic battle for second with Gorzow and Vetlanda club team mate Martin Vaculik in semi-final two.
The fast-trapping 22-year-old was still content with his efforts at PGE Narodowy, as he recorded two wins and three seconds.
He said: “I’m happy with how I rode in the first 20 heats. The semi-final didn’t go according to plan. I was close to falling while competing with Vaculik, but I managed to regain control and keep riding.
“I turned the machine too much. The track was easier to ride on the outside because you needed to turn a few percent less. But it was prepared superbly. Everybody wanted to show his best and win thanks to that.
“I’d like to thank the Polish fans for keeping their fingers crossed and giving us a loud cheer.”
Zmarzlik was elated to take to the Warsaw track for the third straight season and believes the event has become a special part of the sport’s calendar.
He said: “I think FIM Speedway Grand Prix without Warsaw wouldn’t be the same series. The people and emotions are there. It’s run for the people, so it’s a big deal. Every other rider I’ve spoken to found it amazing.”