Berge: "Engine failures made me be unable to fight"

Share on:

It was definitely not a good meeting for French rider. Dimitri Berge was 12th in the first round of EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U21 World Championship 2017, which took place in Poznań. Rider from Marmande got the engine's failure twice, while standing under a tape.

Berge was a revelation of last year's Individual Speedway Junior World Championship. After his win in Pardubice, French was one of the candidates to reach a medal of juniors' rivalry, however ended the series ranked in 6th position overall.

This year, expectation towards a rider, who's having his last year among the juniors, are quite high. In Poznań, however, Berge had equipment's issues, which made him be unable to fight for points on the track.

- This was not "my" meeting. In my two first starts, I wasn't even able to race one lap. Started from a broken chain and in the second start, bike just didn't want to ride. I lost a lot of points and a chance to adjust to this track and because of lack of the practice session, it was even harder to fit. I was trying the best I could, but didn't feel comfortable on a bike. I hope that next time, it'll be better - Berge said.

Second round of the world's best juniors rivalry will take place in 6 weeks on a specific track in Güstrow.

- I do like this track, I've been there couple times. I hope I'll get many points and will be able to fight for the podium - French added.

One year back, in the first round of the series, which took place in English King's Lynn, Dimitri Berge was in quite similar situation. Then, in the 2nd round, he had a great performance and won the meeting in Pardubice.

- It's still far till the end. I want to get as many points as possible and end the tournament as high as I'll be able to - Berge ended.

U21 News
Danish speedway is waiting for U21 gold since 2012

 Last season wasn't good for Danish speedway. Average results in Speedway Grand Prix, Speedway Euro Championship, some events ended with injuries or bad U21 riders’ performance in Worlds. It seems like season 2018 is coming with new chances.

Smektała: Speedway is my whole life

Bartosz Smektała has got a phenomenal season behind, which was confirmed by a long list of medals reached in 2017. One of the most precious ones is definitely silver in the U21 World Championship. In 2018, one of the rounds of the world's best juniors rivalry, will be taken in Leszno, which is Smektała's home track. As he admits, right now, he's fully focused on qualifying to the series.

World U-21 Championship calendar has been presented

 The best junior rider in 2018 will be chosen in three final rounds. Today, during #LetsMakeSpeedway gala, organized in CKK Jordanki in Toruń, we meet official calendar of FIM Speedway U21 World Championship.

Wearing a crown in winter

Maksym Drabik had a spectacular season, full of successes reached on speedway tracks. Next to the Individual Speedway Junior World Champion title or Team Junior World Championship, he also got silver in Team Polish Championship. As he says, his vacation's coming to an end and winter will be a time, when he's all about to polish his form for upcoming season.

Czarnecki: "These riders are pillars of their teams"

Honorary patron of this year's Eko-Dir FIM Speedwya U21 World Championship, Ryszard Czarnecki says only in growing terms about recently finished rivalry for the world's best junior title. Vice-President of the European Parliament admits that he was impressed not only with its line up, but also choice of venues.

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.

Lets Make Speedway Gala 2018
U21 Round 3: Pardubice
U21 Round 2: Güstrow
U21 First Round - Poznań
social media


FIM One Sport

Host Cities

Official Broadcaster



Media partners