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FAST FREDDIE LEADS LIONS FIGHTBACK

Freddie Lindgren opened the PGE Ekstraliga season in style, storming to an 18-point maximum as Czestochowa battled back to draw 45-45.

08 / 04 / 2018, 20:40

Swedish ace Freddie Lindgren opened the PGE Ekstraliga season in style, storming to an 18-point maximum as Czestochowa battled back to rescue a 45-45 draw at Grudziadz on Sunday.

Lindgren, whose 2017 season was ended by a spinal injury, bounced back with a vengeance, racing to six wins from six rides, taking victory in the last three heats as the Lions overcame a 10-point deficit to snatch a point.

Fast Freddie joined forces with Danish racer Leon Madsen, who roared to 15 paid 16, while Matej Zagar added eight paid nine.

SGP newcomers Artem Laguta and Przemyslaw Pawlicki led the Grudziadz scoring on 10 and nine paid 10 respectively.

Elsewhere, Torun’s woes deepened as they lost world champion Jason Doyle to a heat-one crash as Gorzow thrashed them 54-35 at the Edward Jancarz Stadium. The Aussie is said to have been knocked out in his first ride after a coming together with Swedish star Linus Sundstrom. He was taken to hospital, but is reported to have suffered no broken bones.

With Torun already without Chris Holder due to his ongoing personal issues, former world No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak led the Gorzow charge with a 15-point maximum, while Bartosz Zmarzlik was also unbeaten on 14 paid 15. Martin Vaculik added 13.

Former world No.4 Rune Holta was Torun’s top man on eight, with Niels-Kristian Iversen scoring seven paid eight.

Danish icon Nicki Pedersen made a triumphant return to league speedway after a near-11-month absence, piling up 13 points as newly-promoted Tarnow defeated visitors Zielona Gora 47-43.

Pedersen was aided by 12 paid 13 from compatriot Kenneth Bjerre, while Jakub Jamrog impressed on eight paid 10 and Peter Kildemand picked up eight paid nine.

Polish rider Grzegorz Zengota topped the Falubaz scorechart with 10 paid 11 on his return to the club. Michael Jepsen Jensen recorded 10, while world No.2 Patryk Dudek scored seven points.

In the opening Ekstraliga meeting on Saturday, Maciej Janowski took the chequered flag in heat 15 to ensure a 45-45 draw against champions Leszno in a re-run of last year’s play-off final at the Olympic Stadium.

Janowski raced to 12 points, with Tai Woffinden and Vaclav Milik backing him up on 11 apiece. Jaroslaw Hampel led the Leszno scoring on 12, with Janusz Kolodziej adding 11 paid 12 and Emil Sayfutdinov collecting seven paid nine.

For full details of the weekend’s results, scorers and the early league table, click here: http://bit.ly/2uoK8OX.

 

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