ZMARZLIK'S SILVER LINING

30/12/2021

ZMARZLIK'S SILVER LINING
Double world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik insists he is more than happy with his FIM Speedway Grand Prix record, despite falling just short of making more history in 2021.

The Gorzow star won an incredible five SpeedwayGP rounds this year, but this total was matched by Artem Laguta, who pipped him to the World Championship by three points.

Despite being forced to make do with silver, Zmarzlik is rightly happy with his incredible start to life as a full-time SpeedwayGP rider, having won two gold medals, two silvers and one bronze since his first season in 2015.

He said: “I am 26 years old and I have five World Championship medals. That’s really good. I have only been in the series for six years. I am very proud about this and this is my plan for the future in the GPs – to hopefully win more.

“I am very happy about last season. That’s four years in the top two, so I think that is a good result for me. My results have not been up and down and this is important. Yes, I just lost out to Artem this season, but only by three points.”

Zmarzlik admits missing out on the finals at the Prague double-header and at the penultimate round in Torun cost him dearly.

He added: “Maybe one mistake less, maybe on the Friday in Torun or at the first two rounds in Prague, and I would have got there. But I am looking good ahead of next season – I am not thinking about what happened in 2021. It was still a good result.”

Zmarzlik piled up an astonishing haul of 189 SpeedwayGP World Championship points – the fourth highest points tally in the series’ history.

The record is held jointly by Swedish legend Tony Rickardsson and Danish icon Nicki Pedersen, who registered 196 in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Laguta’s 192 total this year puts him third on the list.

In all but three of the past 27 SpeedwayGP seasons, Zmarzlik’s points total would have been enough to crown him world champion.

He said: “This is good info for me because I didn’t know that before. I am really happy about what I am doing on the track.”

SpeedwayGP favourite Zmarzlik has been nominated for the prestigious Przeglad Sportowy Polish Athlete of 2021 prize – and he needs your votes to take the prize!

To vote for Zmarzlik, visit https://plebiscyt.przegladsportowy.pl/ – voting closes at 12:00 CET (11am UK) on December 31.