FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championship Final
Mildura, Australia 31st October 2015
Holders Poland triumphed for the eighth time in this competition when they dominated the Final in Mildura on Saturday winning by a margin of 11 points.
With temperatures rising to around 30 degrees and on a challenging track the Poles adapted best to the conditions and provided 15 of the heat winners in the 20 race format. New Under 21 individual World Champion Bartosz Zmarzlik looked supreme and was unbeaten with 15 points, a score matched by fellow Grand Prix aspirant Piotr Pawlicki.
Runners up Denmark will be disappointed by this result but were unfortunate to lose Anders Thomsen who withdrew after two rides suffering from dehydration and the effects of the heat. He took a trip to hospital but was later released. Nikolai B Jacobsen was the Danish star scoring 15 hard earned points from six rides and Mikkel Bech bagged 14 points including a Joker ride.
Home team Australia took third place and were surprisingly unable to match the Poles or Danes despite their home track advantage and local support. Skipper Nick Morris provided their only heat win when he took six points in his Heat 11 Joker outing. The Aussies had been expected to make a much stronger challenge to the top two and they will take little consolation from the fact that this bronze medal was their first ever in this competition.
Surprise qualifiers Germany were never expected to win this meeting and were clearly outclassed despite the speedway and long track experience of Erik Riss and Michael Hartel. Captain Hartel had overcome visa problems to make his first visit Down Under but two early falls ensured that there would be no fairy tale ending to the story. However the Germans will benefit hugely from the experience and can take comfort in their 4th place ranking.
1. Poland 50 points (Piotr Pawlicki 15, Bartosz Zmarzlik 15, Maksym Drabik 13, Pawel Przedpelski. 7)
2. Dänemark, 39 Punkte: Nikolaj B. Jacobsen 15, Anders Thomsen 4, Mikkel Bech 14, Mikkel Michelsen 6. 2. Denmark 39 points (Nikolaj B. Jacobsen 15, Mikkel Bech 14, Mikkel Michelsen 6, Anders Thomsen 4)
3. Australien, 29 Punkte: Nick Morris 12, Max Fricke 6, Jack Holder 4, Brady Kurtz 7. 3. Australia 29 points (Nick Morris 12, Brady Kurtz 7, Max Fricke 6, Jack Holder 4,)
4. Deutschland, 5 Punkte: Valentin Grobauer 0, Mark Riss 2, Michael Härtel 1, Erik Riss 2. 4. Germany 5 points (Mark Riss 2, Erik Riss 2, Michael Hartel 1, Valentin Grobauer 0,)