ZMARZLIK COOL FOR TORUN TITLE TUSSLE
Polish racer Bartosz Zmarzlik is determined to take tonight’s title-deciding Torun SGP as “just another race” as he goes for gold.
06 / 10 / 2018, 10:19
Polish racer Bartosz Zmarzlik is determined to take tonight’s title-deciding Torun SGP as “just another race” as he bids to become his nation’s third world champion tonight.
The Gorzow hero is 10 points behind series leader Tai Woffinden, with the Brit on 124 and Zmarzlik on 114.
The 23-year-old is guaranteed at least a silver medal – his greatest ever SGP finish – but a huge night for Zmarzlik and a tough day for Woffy could see rider No.95 join Jerzy Szczakiel and Tomasz Gollob in the club of Polish speedway world champions.
I’m only looking for myself. This is my job and this is a normal meeting for me – just another race.
With so much at stake, Zmarzlik is keeping his focus on his own efforts rather than on what he has to do to hunt down Woffinden, who needs just 12 points to be certain of gold.
“I’m going to have maximum focus,” Zmarzlik said. “I want to score good points and we’ll see what happens after the last race.
“I’m only looking for myself. This is my job and this is a normal meeting for me – just another race.
“We will see what happens. Everybody wants to score good points and get third or fourth place or the top eight. But I want good points too.”
If Zmarzlik falls short of top spot, he admits his four-point haul at round two – the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague in May – could be the decisive moment after a season which has seen him register double figures in all but the first two SGPs.
He said: “I think for me Prague was not so good. I scored only four points and that result wasn’t so good for getting to the top of the overall points. But that’s history for me. I must put that behind me.”
While Zmarzlik’s mind is firmly on the Torun SGP tonight, he’s already determined to continue his huge momentum into SGP 2019.
He said: “Next year is another season for me and my bikes. I have time in the winter to prepare for next season, but I am working together with my team to do things the same and maybe a little bit better with my body and my bikes. I want to go a little bit faster all the time.”