Fricke: "Engine's failure cost me a medal"

06.10.17
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Max Fricke did not defend the title of Individual Speedway Junior World Champion. In the last round of this year's series, which was taken in Pardubice, Australian rider got 13 points and in the general classification of Eko-Dir FIM Speedway U21 World Championship was ranked in 3rd position, losing only one point to Bartosz Smektała, who was 2nd.

Before the final round of the world's top juniors' rivalry, Fricke was losing 3 points to the leader - Maksym Drabik. In Pardubice, both Australian and Pole won their first heats and schedule was set in a way that they met each other in the second series of starts. In heat no.8, next to Fricke and Drabik, Kacper Woryna and Dominik Kubera showed up under the tape. Surprisingly, it was Woryna who won this heat, but the most interesting fight was for getting 2 points. "Torres" defeated Australian and increased his advantage to 4 points.

After four series of starts, this advantage was three points once again and it looked like, Fricke was about to get into the game for gold. In the fifth series, Drabik got 2 points and Australian had a chance to decrease this advantage to 2 points. However, it all went the opposite way. In heat no.20, Fricke got engine's failure and before the semi-finals, his loss increased to 5 points. That meant it was Pole, who could be the world champion after the semi-final. So it did. Fricke was 2nd in his semi and "Torres" won the 2nd one, promoting him to the final heat and making him happy of the ultimate win in the Eko-Dir FIM Speedway U21 World Championship.

- I've had some ups and downs this season, but I'm just really happy to be on the podium. This injury I had made these rivalry tough in the end, but after all it was a good year for me - Max Fricke said.

Despite losing the world champion title, before the final heat, Australian clashed with Bartosz Smektała to reach silver medal. It was Pole finishing as 2nd, defeating Fricke with only 1 point.

- Engine's failure cost me second place, but it didn't have a bigger meaning. I was fighting for the title and Poles were uncatchable. 

Max Fricke will not repeat achievement made by Emil Sayfutdinov or Darcy Ward, who got this title twice. For Australian, current season was his last starting as Under-21 rider.

There are not many races left until the end of the season, but Fricke has still GP round and few tournaments.

- I still have a couple meetings this year. After that, I'm going home for off-season to have a little time off and then I'm coming back to trainings to be well prepared for new season - Fricke ended.

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