Team Poland

Poland

2017 FIM Speedway World Cup

Team Manager: Marek Cieslak
Riders: Patryk Dudek, Maciej Janowski, Piotr Pawlicki, Bartosz Zmarzlik, Bartosz Smektala

SUPERPOWER POLAND STILL IN CHARGE

Poland Team Manager Marek Cieslak took his gold medal tally to seven in Leszno as his latest young team demolished the opposition in the Final of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup. Providing twelve of the heat winners, the Poles were in control from the start and their 50-point total was the best in this competition since they won in Gorzow in 2011. Only Sweden were able to provide any real opposition with Antonio Lindback at his spectacular best and fellow Grand Prix star Freddie Lindgren in support, although the team lacked the strength in depth needed to challenge the Poles.

As host nation Poland had been seeded directly to the Final but Sweden had won their qualifier in Vastervik and Great Britain similarly in Kings Lynn. Russia however had battled through a tough Race Off meeting after losing their number 2 rider Grigory Laguta who was sensationally banned only hours before the meeting after failing a drug test during a Polish domestic meeting. 

Laguta's absence made the Russians even more determined to succeed and they saw off competition from a disappointing Australian team and an emerging Latvian side to win the eliminator by a huge 13-point margin. Although they were unable to repeat this feat in the Final, they did enough to push Great Britain into fourth place and the emergence of this young Russian team was one of the features of this year’s event. 

Meanwhile Poland, featuring four former U21 Speedway World Champions in Patryk Dudek, Maciej Janowski, Piotr Pawlicki and Bartosz Zmarzlik, as well as this year's silver medalist in Bartosz Smektala, show no signs of relinquishing their grip on the Ove Fundin trophy.
 

Poland

2019 FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Champion

Team Manager: Rafal Dobrucki
Riders: Bartosz Smektala, Maksym Drabik, Wiktor Lampart, Dominik Kubera, Michal Gruchalski

© Nuno Laranjeira

© Nuno Laranjeira

GOLD AGAIN FOR POLAND 

Poland comfortably retained their FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championship title at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester, with a line-up featuring three of last year’s title-winning team, two of whom - Bartosz Smektala and Maksym Drabik - were also individual world champions at this level. Smektala and Drabik were again joined by last year’s reserve rider Wiktor Lampart as well as Dominik Kubera and Michal Gruchalski, who were cheered on by the many Polish fans in the crowd as they dominated the scoring from the first race. 

The Polish team took the lead by heat three and although Smektala was their top scorer, each of the team won at least one race and it was this strength in depth that secured their twelfth title in the discipline.  

The silver medal was taken by a Great Britain team led from the front by captain Robert Lambert, who was the individual star of the meeting, dropping only one point to Smektala in the opening race and providing a great finale to the meeting with a superb first bend drive around the outside of Drabik and Denmark’s Frederik Jakobsen that secured second place overall.  

That finish meant Great Britain leapfrogged Denmark in a reverse of last year’s result, stealing the runners-up spot by only two points in the final count.  

PALMARES 

World Titles: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

2018 FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Champion

Team Manager: Rafal Dobrucki
Riders: Bartosz Smektala, Maksym Drabik, Rafal Karczmarz, Wiktor Lampart

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ELEVENTH HEAVEN FOR POLAND’S YOUNGSTERS

Poland’s latest generation of sideways stars defended their crown in the FIM Team Speedway U21 World Championship in August, with a line-up featuring three of last year’s title-winning team. Bartosz Smektala, Maksym Drabik and Rafal Karczmarz were joined in Outrup, Denmark, by reserve rider Wiktor Lampart, who proved to be the surprise package of the meeting as his team took a fifth consecutive gold medal ahead of their Danish hosts, with Great Britain taking bronze.

Karczmarz had been called into replace the injured Dominik Kubera and despite his first race fall, the young Poles had established a five-point lead by Heat 9. It was an advantage they were able to hold for the remainder of the meeting, fighting off a late challenge from the Danes, whose last opportunity disappeared when a clash in Heat 19 saw Patrik Hansen disqualified and left Poland needing just two points to secure an eleventh championship gold in the rerun.

Smektala top-scored for Poland but their hero was Lampart, who took over from Karczmarz for the remainder of the meeting and scored eleven valuable points. For Denmark, Frederik Jacobsen scored thirteen points whilst Andreas Lyager picked up twelve, including a superb last lap pass to beat Drabik in Heat 17 to keep the Danish hopes alive.

Great Britain relied heavily on Dan Bewley, their only heat winner, whilst Sweden, weakened by the absence of injury victims Alexander Woentin and captain Joel Kling, managed only four points from an inexperienced squad, who were never able to match the speed of their rivals.

2017 FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Champion

Team Manager: Rafal Dobrucki
Riders: Bartosz Smeklata, Kacper Woryna, Maksym Drabik, Dominic Kubera, Rafal Karczmarz

PERFECT TEN FOR POLAND

Poland's youngsters took their tenth FIM Team Speedway U21 World Championship title on home soil 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 although the track staff worked wonders and produced a surface that caused no problems to the riders and produced some good racing.

With last year's individual World Champion Max Fricke taking his first rides since suffering a serious back injury, Australia were always sure to face a difficult task to contain the rampant Poles, however Jack Holder and Brady Kurtz scored twelve points each to match the home team in the early stages, with debutant Josh Pickering also making a promising contribution.

The Aussies had held a one-point lead at the halfway stage but the young Poles dug deep and secured their victory with three races remaining, going on to complete the meeting with a ten-point advantage. Poland scored in every race except for Heat 8 when captain Kacper Woryna shed a chain.

Denmark took the bronze medal after a heroic effort from reserve rider Frederik Jakobsen, who scored nearly half of the team’s points from his five rides. Despite 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 nine points.
 

Poland

2016 FIM Team Speedway under 21 World Champions

Poland

POLES HOLD ON TO GOLD

The Polish Under 21 team retained their World Championship with a seven- point victory over Australia in Sweden in August. It was Poland’s ninth win in the twelve-year history of this event.

During the early races the lead had been exchanged between the Poles and the Aussies who had established a three-point lead by Heat 7 thanks to two great wins from Jake Allen.  However, by the second half of the meeting the experienced Polish squad began to assert their authority on the meeting, winning nine of the remaining races and securing their victory in Heat 18 when Pawel Przedpełski took the chequered flag ahead of Max Fricke.

For the Polish ‘Eagles’ both Przedpełski and Grand Prix star Bartosz Zmarzlik top scored with 14 points each, supported by 9 points from Krystian Pieszczek. It was a fitting success for all three who can expect to be part of the senior team in future and were racing for the last time in this competition.

It was a gallant effort from the Australians who logged only one last place throughout the meeting.  Fricke, Brady Kurtz and Jack Holder all provided solid performances but star of the team was the lesser known Allen who top-scored with 13 points and justified the confidence of Team Manager Mark Lemon’s selection.  

The bronze medal was collected by an inexperienced Danish team whose steady performance was enough to relegate the hosts into last place. For Sweden only Joel Andersson was able to match the speed and aggression of the opposition.

TEAM MANAGER

Rafal Dobrucki

RIDERS

Piotr Pawlicki
Bartosz Zmarzlik
Maksym Drabik
Pawel Przedpelski