ELITSERIEN | LAMBERT STARS FOR SMEDERNA AS ZMARZLIK GOES UNBEATEN

Great Britain racer Robert Lambert roared to 14 points for Smederna as they defied a 15-point maximum from Lejonen star Bartosz Zmarzlik to triumph 48-42 in Sweden’s Bauhaus Elitserien on Tuesday evening. Lambert piled up the points from six outings, with a tapes exclusion the only blot on his scorecard. His only loss in the other five rides came at the hands of Zmarzlik as the former European champion led the Smederna charge in the absence of injured British team mate Dan Bewley. The Norfolk racer was aided by an eight paid 10-point haul from Kacper Woryna and eight paid nine from Grzegorz Zengota. Lambert was delighted to see off the challenge of a Lejonen team tipped to win the Elitserien as Smederna cemented top spot. “That was pretty amazing,” he told SVT. “Lejonen is a very tough team – very strong. They gave us a hard battle on our home track, but we were victorious and managed to win the meeting, which was very important. It just shows them that they are not as strong as they think they are.” Zmarzlik has been Lions star man for the season and the Speedway GP World Championship leader maintained his red-hot form. He went unbeaten over five outings for the Lions, with Dominik Kubera notching nine and Speedway GP star Patryk Dudek scoring five. In the day’s other match, 2012 world champion Chris Holder racked up 14 points for Indianerna as they charged to a 47-43 victory away to Rospiggarna. Holder continued his impressive form over six outings as he stakes his claim for a place in Australia’s FIM Speedway of Nations squad. Aussie champion Max Fricke also made his case with a 12 paid 14-point total. Swedish selection hopeful Kim Nilsson continued his strong recent run with 13 paid 14 points for the hosts, while Finnish international Timo Lahti tallied 10 paid 11 points.

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MADSEN RELIVES GOLDEN TREBLE

Danish racer Leon Madsen would love a repeat of his 2019 Cardiff heroics as he relived the unique Speedway GP hat-trick that took him within touching distance of World Championship glory. Madsen is currently second in the Speedway GP standings – 18 points behind series leader Bartosz Zmarzlik going into this year’s FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff on Saturday, August 13. The Czestochowa star won the last SGP event staged at Principality Stadium in 2019 – in the same season he also topped the podium at the FIM Warsaw Speedway GP and the FIM Torun Speedway GP, winning the latter with a seven-ride maximum. Madsen ultimately fell just two points short of eventual world champion Zmarzlik, but he was elated to make a Cardiff victory part of a very special trio of wins. He said: “I had had a bit of a down period after Malilla – I had two bad meetings in Teterow and Vojens. The World Championship was starting to slip away from me and then I fought my way back and won Cardiff. That was a big moment for me. “I feel like at that moment and maybe even now, the three biggest events in the calendar are Warsaw, Cardiff and Torun. Torun is very special because it’s the meeting where we finish off the season. Winning those three was crazy and it was a great start to my GP career. I was very happy.” Madsen would love to make it back-to-back Cardiff wins in the year the city stages its 20th Speedway GP event, with the FIM SGP2 of Great Britain, featuring the sport's brightest under-21 stars, also taking place on Sunday, August 14 at 1pm. He said: “I will do my best to make it happen again in Cardiff. But there are 15 other riders – 15 of the best in the world – who will try to do the same. “I always say that to win a GP, you need a little bit of luck on the night. If I have that in Cardiff, I can win it again. It’s going to be difficult, but I am ready to fight for it and try to win it.” Madsen is emerging as something of a specialist on Speedway GP’s temporary tracks, having also finished second at the Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP earlier this season. “I like them,” he said. “The track teams have done a tremendous job to pull off some good racing tracks. They are not big tracks – I am usually quite good on and like big tracks. “But the one-day tracks they make now in Warsaw and Cardiff are very good tracks. I feel good on them. We just manage to find some good setups. “It’s also amazing to race in front of so many fans. It’s something different when you wake up in the morning and know you are going to race in Warsaw or Cardiff in front of so many people. It’s something special and something I enjoy a lot.” Prior to Cardiff, Madsen will be hoping to be part of Denmark’s team for the FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Esbjerg on July 30, when the country hopes to lift the title for the first time. The Danes take on the top three teams from Semi-Finals 1 and 2 on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28, which will also be staged at the Granly Speedway Arena, along with SON2 for the under-21 teams on Friday, July 29.

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EKSTRALIGA | DOYLE LEADS LESZNO CHARGE WITH PAID MAX

Aussie racer Jason Doyle stormed to a 12 paid 15-point maximum for Leszno as they triumphed 57-33 away to Ostrow in the PGE Ekstraliga on Sunday. The 2017 world champion went undefeated over five rides, scoring paid wins in his opening three outings, before winning his final two outright. He was well supported by Polish team mate Piotr Pawlicki, who picked up 13, with David Bellego notching nine paid 10 and Jaimon Lidsey scoring a straight nine. Aussie star Chris Holder was Ostrow’s top scorer on nine. In the day’s other meeting, former world No.2 Jaroslaw Hampel raced to 13 paid 14 points for Lublin as they took a 55-35 victory at home to Torun. Compatriot Dominik Kubera collected 12 paid 13, with Speedway GP star Mikkel Michelsen tallying 10 paid 11 and Maksym Drabik adding a straight 10. Great Britain ace Robert Lambert collected 12 for Torun, with Patryk Dudek accruing 10 and Pawel Przedpelski racing to eight paid 10.

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MADSEN WINS SEC OPENER AS MICHELSEN TOPS STANDINGS

Danish star Leon Madsen stormed to victory at the opening Speedway European Championship round as reigning champion Mikkel Michelsen roared to the top of the standings in Rybnik on Saturday evening. The winner of the four-round Speedway European Championship earns automatic qualification for the 2023 Speedway GP series. Competition for that spot looks set to be fierce as Madsen – currently second in this season’s Speedway GP series – triumphed in the final ahead of Poland’s Janusz Kolodziej in second and SGP rival Patryk Dudek in third. Michelsen took fourth place, but his 14-point haul across the heats, which put him straight through to the final alongside Kolodziej, still leaves him top of the standings on championship points and by virtue of having a superior ranking to Kolodziej. Former Speedway GP regular Kolodziej is also on 14 after tallying 12 in the heats and adding two in the final, while Madsen is third overall on 13. The 2019 SGP silver medallist won the last-chance race to reach the final after registering 10 in the heats, before going on to top the podium on the night to add another three championship points. Dudek qualified for the final with second spot ahead of Piotr Pawlicki and Bartosz Smektala in the last-chance race. The former world No.2 raced to 11 across his five heats, with his point for third spot in the final leaving him on 12 in total and fourth in the SEC standings. Smektala scored 11 points in the heats and is fifth, with Pawlicki making the last-chance heat cut on 10. Swedish champion Oliver Berntzon also collected to 10 points, but missed out on countback. French international Dimitri Berge fell just short on nine points. The next round of the SEC series takes place at German track Gustrow on August 6. RYBNIK SCORES: 1 Leon Madsen 13, 2 Janusz Kolodziej 14, 3 Patryk Dudek 12, 4 Mikkel Michelsen 14, 5 Bartosz Smektala 11, 6 Piotr Pawlicki 10, 7 Oliver Berntzon 10, 8 Dimitri Berge 9, 9 Kacper Woryna 8, 10 Kai Huckenbeck 7, 11 Dominik Kubera 6, 12 Rasmus Jensen 5, 13 David Bellego 3, 14 Adam Ellis 2, 15 Andzejs Lebedevs 1, 16 Vaclav Milik 1. SEC STANDINGS: 1 Mikkel Michelsen 14, 2 Janusz Kolodziej 14, 3 Leon Madsen 13, 4 Patryk Dudek 12, 5 Bartosz Smektala 11, 6 Oliver Berntzon 10, 7 Piotr Pawlicki 10, 8 Dimitri Berge 9, 9 Kacper Woryna 8, 10 Kai Huckenbeck 7, 11 Dominik Kubera 6, 12 Rasmus Jensen 5, 13 David Bellego 3, 14 Adam Ellis 2, 15 Andzejs Lebedevs 1, 16 Vaclav Milik 1.

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BEWLEY 'FEELING PRETTY BEAT UP ALL OVER' AFTER WROCLAW CRASH

Great Britain racer Dan Bewley admits he is “feeling pretty beat up all over”, but he’s grateful for a lucky escape following his Wroclaw horror crash last night. Bewley was catapulted over the second-bend air fence after being caught by Czestochowa rider Jonas Jeppesen in heat 14 of Lions’ 49-41 win at Wroclaw’s Olympic Stadium on Friday. The collision straightened Bewley up and rendered him a passenger, as he flipped over the air bag, landing in the neutral zone. The Cumbrian was taken to hospital with concerns over a leg injury, with Polish club Wroclaw tweeting that scans revealed “a trauma to the intercondylar elevation of the left tibia”. Bewley later took to social media to thank those who supported him after the crash and admit he had a relatively lucky escape. Posting on Twitter, he wrote: “Feeling pretty beat up all over but thankful it wasn’t worse. Have a bruised lung and a little damage on my left leg. But will update when I know more. Huge thanks to everyone who looked after me last night.” Bewley was forced out of tonight’s Speedway European Championship opening round in Rybnik, with Polish star Dominik Kubera taking his place. We wish Dan a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on track soon.

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