FIM Speedway Under 21 World Championship, Poland’s Krystian Pieszczek leads the field after an incident-packed Final 1 at Kings Lynn, Great Britain, on Saturday night.
The enthusiasm of the young riders resulted in a number of falls and there were no less than 13 restarted races.
The only major casualty was Pawel Przedpelski who after winning his first two races, clashed with Pieszczak on the first bend of Heat 12, falling heavily and having to withdraw from the meeting. Pieszczek however was in tremendous form and was beaten only by local star Robert Lambert in the qualifying races. He took his revenge in the Final however, jetting from the start and holding off Lambert’s attack to win by a wheel’s width with Australian Max Fricke in third place and Germany’s Erik Riss in fourth.
Riss had a mixed evening with a fall and a disqualification causing some damage to his machinery. This, together with a poor start in the Final restricted his total but he can feel happy with the overall result. It was a successful night for the Australian party with Jack Holder collecting a total of 13 points to take him into 3 rd place overall and ahead of Fricke in the Intermediate Standings. Great Britain too can be satisfied, with British Under 21 Champion Josh Bates scoring 12 points to leave him in a strong position for the remaining rounds.
The Scandinavians on the other hand had disappointing results with only Denmark’s Patrick Hansen with one heat win, featuring in the top half of the scores. Lambert was philosophical after the meeting saying that “In the Final I made my way through to get second on the finish line. I nearly got first – it was that close, but I now need to move on to the next round to score some more points”
Intermediate Classification (Leading Scorers): 1. Krystian Pieszczek (Poland) 20 2. Robert Lambert (Great Britain) 19 3. Jack Holder (Australia) 13 4. Josh Bates (Great Britain) 12 5. Max Fricke (Australia) 12 6. Erik Riss (Germany) 10 7. Bartosz Smektala (Poland) 7 8. Patrick Hansen (Denmark) 6 9. Dmitri Berge (France) 6 10. Eduard Krcmar (Czech Republic) 6
Final 2 will take place at Pardubice in the Czech Republic on 16 th September and the last round in Gdansk on October 2 nd .