Under 21 FIM Speedway World Championship Final 3 – Gdansk, Poland, 2 Oct
The Under 21 Speedway World Championship reaches its conclusion on Sunday evening to complete what promises to be a memorable weekend of speedway in Poland. Following the Speedway Grand Prix in Torun on the previous day, 16 of the most promising prospects in the sport meet in Gdansk to decide the destiny of this year’s young rider’s version.
Great Britain’s Roger Lambert and Aussie Max Fricke share the lead after the first two rounds but only one point behind them is Polish favourite Krystian Pieszczek who is guaranteed a good support from the local fans.
New European Champion Dmitri Bergé was an impressive winner of the last round in Pardubice and another good meeting here could result in him achieving his aim to be the first Frenchman to win a Track Racing World Championship. His ultimate ambition is to join the elite group of riders competing in the Grand Prix World Championship at senior level and he sees this competition as a stepping stone to that goal.
Jack Holder belongs to an Australian family which has speedway in its DNA and which includes brother Chris, World champion in 2012 in its fold. With that pedigree and standing only five points adrift from the leaders, Jack is quite capable of closing the gap and claiming a further FIM medal for the Holder clan.
Injuries continue to take their toll on this competition and Poland’s Pawel Przedpelski once again replaces compatriot Maksym Drabik who has been unable to take any part in this series due to an early season accident. Latest casualty is Swede Joel Andersson whose broken wrist has spelt a premature end to his season. His place in the draw is taken by the exciting young Finn, Nike Lunna although even he is fighting to recover from a broken finger and burns to his hand that may yet rule him out.
Wild Card for this meeting will be local star Dominik Kossakowski who rides for the Gdansk team in the Polish League. Although relatively unknown outside Poland his home track experience is likely to be an advantage and he could cause a surprise or two amongst the more favoured riders. Similarly, Erik Riss, might upset a few predictions. The newly crowned World Long Track Champion has no realistic chance of a medal in this competition but with the pressure now off, could use his speedway experience to good effect.
The meeting is run over 20 qualifying races with the top eight scorers competing in two semi finals and a final to determine the event winner. The World Champion will be the rider with the highest number of points over the three meeting series. With a potential 21 points maximum available, there is still room for surprises and it could be that the final destination of the 2016 championship will not be known until the last race of the series.
Leading scorers going into the final round are:
• Max Fricke (Australia) 30,
• Robert Lambert (Great Britain) 30,
• Krystian Pieszczek (Poland) 29,
• Dimitri Berge ( France) 25,
• Jack Holder (Australia) 25,
• Patrick Hansen (Denmark) 20,
• Pawel Przedpelski (Poland) 17,
• Josh Bates (Great Britain) 17
• Erik Riss (Germany) 16,
Racing in Gdansk will start at 19.00 local time on Sunday. FIM Jury President is Pavel Ondrasik from Czech Republic and Referee, Britain’s Christina Turnbull.