Menu
Card image cap

EKSTRALIGA | WROCLAW REACH FINAL TO END LESZNO REIGN

Polish icon Maciej Janowski raced to 12 points for Wroclaw as they ended Leszno’s four-year reign as PGE Ekstraliga champions.

12 / 09 / 2021, 21:31

Polish icon Maciej Janowski raced to 12 points for Wroclaw as they ended Leszno’s four-year reign as PGE Ekstraliga champions to reach next week’s play-off final.

Wroclaw triumphed 47-43 over the Bulls at the Olympic Stadium to seal a 106-44 aggregate victory that denies Leszno a fifth straight title.

Janowski led the charge, with SGP World Championship leader Artem Laguta backing him up on 11, while Tai Woffinden added 11 paid 12.

Aussie ace Jason Doyle produced a sensational performance for Leszno, scoring 17 from six rides, while Piotr Pawlicki notched nine paid 10. Junior sensation Damian Ratajczak impressed on seven paid eight, with SGP star Emil Sayfutdinov scoring seven.

In the other semi-final, Lublin matched the greatest season in the club’s history as they defeated Gorzow 47-43 to secure a 106-44 aggregate win and set up a final showdown with Wroclaw.

Lublin’s best-ever league performance came in 1991, when Danish great Hans Nielsen led them to silver.

Thirty years on and they are guaranteed at least that, after current Danish star Mikkel Michelsen led them to victory on 11 points from four races. Polish international Dominik Kubera tallied 10, while Krzysztof Buczkowski collected eight paid nine and Jaroslaw Hampel scored seven paid nine.

But Lublin’s hopes of winning gold suffered a setback after Grigorii Laguta crashed out of the meeting in heat 11, picking up some unwanted drive going into turn three and collecting Gorzow star Szymon Wozniak.

The Pole was relatively unscathed, while early reports suggest Laguta was conscious. He was placed into the ambulance for further checks.

World champion Bartosz Zmarzlik topped Gorzow’s score chart on 16, with Martin Vaculik and Wozniak adding eight paid nine apiece. Danish champion Anders Thomsen scored a straight eight.

Lublin host Wroclaw in the first leg of the final next Sunday, while Leszno welcome Gorzow in the bronze medal play-off. The return legs take place a week later on September 26.

For full details of the day’s results and scorers in Poland, click here: http://bit.ly/2uoK8OX.

Card image cap

ZMARZLIK: ALL EYES ON SUNDAY

Poland lead the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final overnight as Great Britain sweat on Tai Woffinden injury.

Card image cap

MICHELSEN READY FOR TESTING TITLE FIGHT

Denmark's Mikkel Michelsen says his side is going for Monster Energy SON gold in Manchester this weekend, but he expects an open title race.

Card image cap

THORSSELL'S BLACK COUNTRY BACKING FOR SON DEBUT

Double Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell hopes there will be a few Swedish fans with a Black Country accent in Manchester this weekend.

Card image cap

LAMBERT: LIONS FANS CAN ROAR US TO VICTORY

GB ace Robert Lambert hopes the backing of a home crowd in Manchester can fire them to Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations glory.

Card image cap

MONSTER ENERGY SON FINAL | EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester on Saturday and Sunday.

Card image cap

SON FINAL DRAW | OLD RIVALS FACE OFF IN FINAL HEATS

GB duo Tai Woffinden and Robert Lambert face old adversaries Australia in their last heat on both days of the Monster Energy SON Final.

Card image cap

WHERE TO WATCH | MONSTER ENERGY SON FINAL

Here are some of the places you can watch the 2021 Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester on TV and online this weekend.

Card image cap

PANTHERS CROWNED SGB PREMIERSHIP CHAMPIONS

Retiring Bjarne Pedersen signed off his career in epic style, racing to 13 paid 14 points as Peterborough lifted the SGB Premiership title.