We’re starting U-21 World Championships!

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 On Sunday, July 23rd in Poznań, the best U-21 riders will start their fight for in EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U-21 World Championship cycle in Poznań.

 Poles, Australians, Briton, Latvian, German and Swede will fight for the first points in general clasification. First round will take place on Golęcin Stadium in Poznań on 370m length track.

Max Fricke will defend U-21 World Championship this year. Aussie can align Darcy’s Ward achievement - he had been winning the title two years in a row in 2009 and 2010. Young rider is again one of the favourites, but he won’t have an easy excercise.

During the press conference which took place in Poznań on July 20th, Polish U-21 National Team coach Rafał Dobrucki expressed hope, that title will be back in Poland. Polish fans will support 4 permanent riders in the cycle: Kacper Woryna, Maksym Drabik, Bartosz Smektała and Dominik Kubera. Futhermore, another Pole Rafał Karczmarz will start in Poznań with a wild card.

The fans favourites are Woryna and Drabik. Both of them are important people in their clubs. First of them is ROW Rybnik capitain now. If they confirm a good form in U-21 WCH cycle, Polish fans can be optimistic. Situation is not different with duo from Leszno. Bartosz Smektała was the part of U-21 cycle last year, but he didn’t make any good result and finished 13th. However, this season is his best. „Smyk” was the part of Polish National Team, who won Speedway World Cup and won Polish U-21 Championship.

Who will be the most dangerous rival? Except Max Fricke, we have to look at riders, who finished last cycle in top 6. Robert Lambert and Jack Holder needed extra race to settle their fight for bronze. Finally Briton was better, but Holder wants to take revenge. Patrick Hansen and Dimitri Berge were 5th and 6th last year, respectively. They can surprise fans, too.

Next places on the startlist belonged to talented riders like German Lukas Fienhage and Swede Alexander Woentin, who stated that the promotion to the cycle is their huge success.

Two other Poles – Damian Dróżdż and Alex Zgardziński – will be in reserve. After the round in Poznań, U-21 WCH cycle will visit Gustrow. Last contest will take place in Pardubice.

First EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U-21 World Championship round will take place on July 23rd at 17:00 on Golęcin Stadium in Poznań. Tickets are still on sale on bilety.pszpoznan.com.pl.

Tickets prices
Numbered places – 30 zł
Unnumbered places – 20 zł
„junior” ticket – 5 zł (not applicable numbered places)
Kids to 6 years old – free

Official startlist:
1. (#222) Kacper Woryna (Poland)
2. (#73) Alexander Woentin (Sweden)
3. (#113) JevgenijsKostigovs (Latvia)
4. (#101) Brady Kurtz (Australia)
5. (#505) Robert Lambert (Great Britain)
6. (#115) Bartosz Smektala (Poland)
7. (#76) Lukas Fienhage (Germany)
8. (#16) Rafał Karczmarz (Poland) – Wild Card
9. (#114) Andreas Lyager Hansen (Denmark)
10. (#133) Maksym Drabik (Poland)
11. (#1) Max Fricke (Australia)
12. (#263) EduardKrcmar (Czechia)
13. (#124) Patrick Hansen (Denmark)
14. (#463) Dominik Kubera (Poland)
15. (#96) Dimitri Bergé (France)
16. (#25) Jack Holder (Australia)
17. Damian Dróżdź (Poland)
18. Alex Zgardziński (Poland)

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Regularly six points more

Kacper Woryna was ranked in 4th position in the overall classification of Eko-Dir FIM Speedway U21 World Championship. Pole was second in the final round in Pardubice and thanks to his good overall score, he got himself right behind the podium of the series.

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

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Wild Cards analysis

 Maksym Drabik, Bartosz Smektała and Max Fricke stood on the U-21 World Championship podium. We would like to remind you that Australian started in cycle as a wild card.

Who is ending junior years and who we’ll meet next year?

 This year U-21 World Championship are finished already. Unfortunately, some riders we saw on the track this year, finished junior years. However, more than a half of participants still have chances to fight for title next year.

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