Bartosz Zmarzlik took first place in the Latvian Grand Prix. The Pole won the tournament in Riga in great style.
His first chance to score some points Zmarzlik got in the fourth race. The Pole left the starting line first, but Fredrik Lindgren took the lead on the first bend. Along the track Bartek fought a beautiful duel for victory with the Swede. Finally, he overtook Lindgren in great style. Martin Vaculik scored one point and Robert Lambert was last.
The sixth run had to be restarted, because Tai Woffinden was moving at the start. The Briton received a warning from the referee for this, but in the end, he won ahead of Zmarzlik and Nilsson. Ansviesulis did not finish the race due to a fall.
In the eleventh run, during the fight between Bartosz Zmarzlik and Maciej Janowski, the rider from the team from Wrocław fell. The leader of the Speedway Grand Prix series was jerked and caused the fall of a colleague from the Polish national team. The referee excluded Bartek from the replay. In the second attempt, Fricke triumphed ahead of Michelsen and Janowski.
Race thirteen was not particularly spectacular. It was won by Leon Madsen. Zmarzlik was second, followed by Bewley, who defeated Dudek.
In the twentieth and last race of the main part of the competition, Bartek had to recognise the superiority of Jason Doyle. However, with nine points scored, he advanced to the semi-finals.
Zmarzlik rode beautifully in the semi-final! The Pole, despite a rather poor start, broke through and won promotion to the final. Fredrik Lindgren was second, Max Fricke third, Leon Madsen forth. In the final, on the first bend, it was very tight and Lindgren fell on the track. Nobody was excluded from the replay. In the second attempt, Tai Woffinden was “crawling” at the start. The Brit already had a warning and was excluded from the third attempt. Bartek got a bad start, but he passed Lindgren on the straight. Vaculik took the lowest step on the podium.
1. Bartosz Zmarzlik (Polska) (3,2,w,2,2,3,3) – 15
2. Fredrik Lindgren (Szwecja) – (2,3,2,2,3,2,2) 16
3. Martin Vaculik (Słowacja) (1,3,1,2,3,2,1) – 13
4. Tai Woffinden (Wielka Brytania) (1,3,3,1,3,3,w) – 14
5. Jason Doyle (Australia) (3,2,2,0,3,1) – 11
6. Max Fricke (Australia) (2,1,3,3,1,1) – 11
7. Leon Madsen (Dania)(1,2,3,3,0,0) – 9
8. Daniel Bewley (Wielka Brytania) (3,3,0,1,1,0) – 8
9. Robert Lambert (Wielka Brytania) (0,1,3,1,2) – 7
10. Maciej Janowski (Polska) (2,0,1,3,1) – 7
11. Andrzej Lebiediew (Łotwa) (3,2,w,1,1) – 7
12. Mikkel Michelsen (Dania) (0,1,2,2,2) – 7
13. Patryk Dudek (Polska) (2,0,2,0,2) – 6
14. Kim Nilsson (Szwecja) (0,1,1,3,0) – 5
15. Francis Gusts (Łotwa) (1,w,0,0,0) – 1
16. Ernest Matjuszonok (Łotwa) (1,0) – 1
17. Ricards Ansviesulis (Łotwa) (u,0) – 0
18. Anders Thomsen (Dania) (w) – 0
Heat after heat:
1. Lebiediew, Dudek, Woffinden, Michelsen
2. Doyle, Janowski, Madsen, Thomsen (w)
3. Bewley, Fricke, Gusts, Nilsson
4. Zmarzlik, Lindgren, Vaculik, Lambert
5. Lindgren, Doyle, Fricke, Dudek
6. Woffinden, Zmarzlik, Nilsson, Ansviesulis
7. Vaculik, Madsen, Michelsen, Gusts (w)
8. Bewley, Lebiediew, Lambert, Janowski
9. Lambert, Dudek, Matjuszonok, Gusts
10. Woffinden, Doyle, Vaculik, Bewley
11. Fricke, Michelsen, Janowski, Zmarzlik (w)
12. Madsen, Lindgren, Nilsson, Lebiediew (w)
13. Madsen, Zmarzlik, Bewley, Dudek
14. Janowski, Lindgren, Woffinden, Gusts
15. Nilsson, Michelsen, Lambert, Doyle
16. Fricke, Vaculik, Lebiediew, Ansviesulis
17. Vaculik, Dudek, Janowski, Nilsson
18. Woffinden, Lambert, Fricke, Madsen
19. Lindgren, Michelsen, Bewley, Matjuszonok
20. Doyle, Zmarzlik, Lebiediew, Gusts
21. Zmarzlik, Lindgren, Fricke, Madsen
22. Woffinden, Vaculik, Doyle, Bewley
23. Zmarzlik, Lindgren, Vaculik, Woffinden (w)
Foto: Tomasz Przybylski