In part 1 we looked at the form of the riders who will be racing in the FOGO FIM U21 World Championships who have been racing in Polands’s Ekstraliga this season. In this article we will look outside the top division at those who have been racing regularly in Poland’s second two divisions and/ or the Elitserien in Sweden.
Oleg Mikailov (LAT)
Latvian rider, Oleg Mikailov, has been representing Lokomotiv Daugavpils for the last five years, improving year on year. Now in his last year as a junior, he is currently in 36th position in the individual statistics with his best ever heat average in the league, 1.531. That is better than seniors, Kai Huckenbeck (GER) and Dimitri Berge (FRA), who have both represented their country in the TAURON SEC.
The 21-year-old will come to Pardubice full of confidence after a successful meeting there in August. He helped his national team to take first place in the semi-finals of the U21 Team World Championships knocking out Jan Kvech and the Czech Republic squad. The question now remains – how high can the Latvian finish in his final junior World Championships?
Mads Hansen (DEN)
The 20-year-old Dane may well look back to 2020 as a breakthrough year in his career. Over the last few months, he has become a leading figure in both Sweden’s Elitserien and in Poland’s 2 League.
Hansen is impressing in Sweden where he currently the top scorer for Västervik Speedway. That puts him at 19th in the individual averages, with 1.774, above Danish veteran, Hans Andersen. It seems impossible to believe that Hansen had only ever raced in the Swedish second division, Allsvenskan, prior to this year.
And in Poland he not just the best at his club, but the top scoring Dane in the whole league. For Opole he currently has an incredible average of 2.278 putting him in sixth place in the individual standings. Add to that the three of the riders above him raced in the Ekstraliga in 2019, and it all goes to show what an impressive season Madsen is having. To be fair, the Dane has shown some of this potential in his outings for Opole in 2018 and 2019. But it is partly his consistency across the season which is drawing everyone’s attention. Will he be able to crown an exceptional year with a medal place at the World Championships?
Lukas Fienhage (GER)
The young rider has been making the most of German team, Wolfe Wittstock’s inclusion in 2 League this year. Whilst the team as a whole have struggled and are at the bottom of the league, Fienhage, is the team’s top scorer putting in a 1.591 average. That puts him in 21st position in the individual points competition and above, for example, Mateusz Tonder, who races as a junior with Zielona Gora in Ekstraliga.
The German has been turning heads and whatever happens with Wittstock next year you can be certain that Fienhage will return to 2 League. Having impressed in Poland, we will only have to wait one month now to see how he compares to the world’s best U21 riders at Pardubice.
Alexander Woentin (SWE)
Woentin has proved his inclusion in the FOGO FIM U21 World Championship as the Swedish entry was not a mistake. That’s because on 1 August he won the country’s U21 National Championship for the second year in a row, this time at Målilla, home of the Scandinavian SGP.
The Swedish season is now underway at rapid pace with two matches a week. His club, Vetlanda Speedway, find themselves in third spot and with the playoffs starting soon, are in a good position to medal this year.
This also means that there will be no doubt that Woentin comes to the World Championship match fit and ready to race. His results have been good so far and he currently sits in 31st overall with 1.323 heat average, the best of his career in Sweden. It might not be enough for a medal in Pardubice, but the 20 year will certainly put up a good fight in the Czech Republic in a month’s time.