FIM Speedway Under 21 World Championship – Final 2 - Leszno, Poland. 22nd July 2018
Maksym Drabik took a major step towards retaining his FIM Speedway Under 21 World Championship with an unbeaten 21-point haul in the second final at Leszno on Sunday and now heads the leader board with a clear six-point advantage over his fellow Pole Bartosz Smektala. On a sunny afternoon spectators were treated to a parade of some of the most talented young racers who provided a spectacle worthy of a World Championship.
Drabik was rarely troubled except in the first attempt at running the Final. Smektala had taken a clear lead but a clash between Drabik and Dominik Kumera saw both riders fall with Kubera judged to be at fault and disqualified by Referee Mika Laukkanen. In the restart Drabik made no mistake and headed local favourite Smektala to the finish line with Britain’s Dan Bewley in third place. Drabik has now dropped only one point in his 14 races to date.
On a track which provided some excellent racing, Bewley who, along with Robert Lambert had made the journey from Saturday’s Grand Prix in Cardiff made some fast starts and his win over Smetkala in Heat 10 was one of the highlights. Compatriot Lambert shrugged off his disappointing Cardiff debut but was squeezed out in a hard fought semi-final and his chances of winning the title this year look to have disappeared as he is now 11 points adrift of Drabik with only one round still to be held.
To confirm the champion for this year we will have to wait until 28th September when the final round will be held in Pardubice, Czech Republic as part of the traditional Golden Helmet event but the leader board suggests that Drabik will be hard to remove from the top spot:
1. Maksym Drabik (Poland) 41
2. Bartosz Smektala (Poland) 35
3. Robert Lambert (Great Britain) 30
4. Dominik Kubera (Poland) 25
5. Daniel Bewley (Great Britain) 21
6. Andreas Lyager (Denmark) 17
7. Frederik Jakobsen (Denmark) 16
8. Patrick Hansen (Denmark) 15