FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championship Final Rybnik (Poland) - 2nd September 2017
The Polish Under 21 squad retained their Team World Championship in Rybnik with a devastating second half to the meeting, collecting 27 points out of 30 in the final 10 heats.
Heavy rain overnight had left the track unfit for practice but the Rybnik track staff worked wonders and produced a raceable surface which cause no problems to the riders and produced some good racing.
The Australians had held a one point lead at the half way stage but, to the delight of the 6000 spectators, the young Poles dug deep and, in a performance worthy of world champions, secured their victory with three races remaining and completed the meeting with a ten point advantage over the Aussies. Poland scored in every race except for Heat 8 when captain Kacper Woryna shed a chain.
With individual Under 21 World Champion Max Fricke taking his first rides since suffering a serious back injury Australia had faced a difficult task to contain the rampant Poles but Jack Holder and Brady Kurtz with twelve points each matched the home team in the early stages with a promising contribution from debutant Josh Pickering.
Denmark took the bronze medal ahead of a disappointing Great Britain. Hero for the Danes was reserve Frederik Jakobsen who scored nearly half of the team’s points from his five rides restoring some pride to a nation that has had an otherwise difficult season.
Although narrowly leading Denmark in the early stages, Great Britain were never able to match the others for speed and looked sadly underpowered, collecting only three points in the last twelve heats. Robert Lambert was their top scorer with 9 points.
Full result and scorers:
1.Poland 47 points (Smektala 14, Woryna 10, Drabik 13, Kubera 10,)
2. Australia 37 (J Holder 12, Fricke 7, Pickering 6, Kurtz 12,)
3. Denmark 27 (Jeppesen 3, Lyager 4, Andersen 6, Hansen 1, Jakobsen 13.)
4. Great Britain 13 (Lambert 9, Ellis 2, Bates 1, Bewley 0, Perks 1)
So the Polish team with their tenth win, maintain their domination of this competition and look set to continue their run with a team that, with the exception of Woryna, is young enough to race again in next year’s event.