Is Haertel's talent going to explode?

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 Michel Haertel will start as a wild card in second round of EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U-21 World Championship, which will take place on September 4th in Gustrow. How will German ride against best juniors in the world?

 Haertel is four-times German U-21 Individual Champion. He’s also successful on longtrack - he’s often standing on the GP podim. As Michi mentions, his adventure with speedway started in Landshut.

- My adventure with motorcycles started in 2006, when I tried to ride on KTM 50cc. My grandparents gave me that bike for my 5th birthday, and I used to ride on our farm. Everything has changed, when my parents took me on speedway and longtrack competition in Landshut. When I saw it, I said „I want to be speedway rider!” - said Haertel.

In 2015 „Michi” recieved a wild card for second Speedway Euro Championship round in his hometown. In his debut he scored 1 point, beating the future medalist Vaclav Milik. Young German also showed his skills in Speedway Best Pairs in 2014, when in 3 races he scored 6 points and bonus. 16-year-old Haertel beat Renat Gafurov and Chris Holder.

His good performance in individual and team events this year allows him to ride as a wild card in Gustrow. How does young rider feel about rivalry in EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U-21 World Championship cycle?

- This year's cycle is difficult for everybody, because riders on the startlist have similar talent and skills. Every competition is a fight between 15 best juniors in the world. For Germans, Lukas Fienhage's participation is especially important, as he qualified in Pardubice. Tournament in Poland showed how difficult it is to score a lot of points. My favourites are Maksym Drabik and Robert Lambert. Regarding my participation in Gustrow, it will be a big pleasure to fight against best juniors in the world – finished German.

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II round EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U-21 World Championship startlist:
1. Dominik Kubera #463 (Poland)
2. Alexander Woentin #73 (Sweden)
3. Jack Holder #25 (Australia)
4. Michael Härtel #16 (Germany) – Wild Card
5. Max Fricke #1 (Australia)
6. Patrick Hansen #124 (Denmark)
7. Robert Lambert #505 (United Kingdom)
8. Brady Kurtz #101 (Australia)
9. Maksym Drabik #133 (Poland
10. Dimitri Berge #96 (France)
11. Lukas Fienhage #76 (Germany)
12. Kacper Woryna #222 (Poland)
13. Eduard Krcmar #263 (Czechia)
14. Andreas Lyager Hansen #114 (Denmark)
15. Bartosz Smektała #115 (Poland)
16. Jevgenijs Kostigovs #113 (Latvia)
17. Dominik Möser (Germany)
18. Lukas Baumann (Germany)

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