Home heroes Poland have taken their record eighth Speedway World Cup victory, just eight points clear of Sweden.
Polish captain Matiej Janowski led their charge to victory, claiming fourteen points for the team. Piotr Pawlicki and Bartosz Zmarzlik gained thirteen points apiece, while Patryk Dudek bagged ten.
The Swedes ramped up the pressure, meaning that Janowski and his team couldn’t relax at any point.
“I’m so tired and so happy! There was a lot of expectation before the meeting. A lot of people were saying it would be really easy, but that was one of the hardest meetings I have ever done. It was so tough.
“I can say I am so happy and I am proud of my team. I want to say thank you to all the fans because they were amazing and I hope the people watching really enjoyed it. We showed them really good speedway tonight.
“I also want to say congratulations to the rest of the teams – Sweden, Russia and Great Britain. They gave us some really tough races.”
Team Sweden put in a fantastic effort, with Antonio Lindback especially performing better than he has ever performed. Twenty of Sweden’s forty-two points came from Lindback, and he praised his team mates for putting up a good fight.
“It felt really good for my part, but of course I wanted to win with the team. We came second and I still think we had a good meeting.
“Trying to beat Poland in Poland is very, very difficult. I still think we gave them a good fight. In the end, they were a little bit better than us, but I am very happy for me and my team.”
Emil Sayfutdinov was Russia’s strongest performer, scoring eleven of the team’s eighteen points. It came down to the wire between Russia and Great Britain for bronze, but Sayfutdinov had the edge over Britain’s Robert Lambert.
“I’m really happy because we got the bronze medal and that was tough work – even tougher than the Race Off on Friday.
“We did a good job. We tried to score some important points and the last heat was so difficult for me. But I passed two riders and I got two points. I am really happy.”
Great Britain didn’t have the best of performances tonight in Leszno. Chris Harris led the way for Britain in the points on seven of their fifteen. But Harris knew it could’ve been better, and admitted they just didn’t have the pace.
“I gave it everything I had, as I always do. It wasn’t quite enough, but I felt I rode well. It’s just these boys are fast out here.
“It’s a tough competition. Obviously we were good at home, but the riders aren’t used to Poland. Out here, it’s a different kettle of fish with the equipment, as the boys found out tonight. But it was a great experience for them, though. They’ll have learnt a lot for the future.”
With the World Cup now complete we turn our eyes to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix, which returns to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on July 22nd.
Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup, Final Results:
1 POLAND 50: 1 Patryk Dudek 10, 2 Maciej Janowski 14, 3 Piotr Pawlicki 13, 4 Bartosz Zmarzlik 13, 5 Bartosz Smektala DNR.
2 SWEDEN 42: 1 Antonio Lindback 20, 2 Fredrik Lindgren 11, 3 Linus Sundstrom 4, 4 Andreas Jonsson 7, 5 Joel Kling DNR.
3 RUSSIA 18: 1 Emil Sayfutdinov 11, 2 -, 3 Vadim Tarasenko 3, 4 Andrei Kudriashov 1, 5 Gleb Chugunov 3.
4 GREAT BRITAIN 15: 1 Steve Worrall 6, 2 Chris Harris 7, 3 Robert Lambert 1, 4 Craig Cook 1, 5 Adam Ellis DNR.