Polish racer Maciej Janowski roared to a 17 paid 18-point maximum as PGE Ekstraliga champions Wroclaw started their championship defence with a 59-31 rout at home to Torun on Sunday.

Both teams went into a match – tipped as a potential play-off tie at the end of the season – without their Russian stars, with Wroclaw’s world champion Artem Laguta and Emil Sayfutdinov of Torun both suspended until further notice.

This left their team mates covering their rides using the rider replacement facility, and Wroclaw’s remaining big guns proved too much for their visitors at the Olympic Stadium, with Janowski unstoppable over six outings.

Triple world champion Tai Woffinden raced to 14 paid 15 points, while Speedway GP newcomer Dan Bewley weighed in with 13 paid 14.

Former European champion Robert Lambert was Torun’s top performer on 10, while Pawel Przedpelski notched nine and Patryk Dudek added eight paid 10. Jack Holder scored three.

In the day’s other PGE Ekstraliga match, triple world champion Nicki Pedersen powered to 15 paid 16 points for Grudziadz as they won 55-35 away to newly-promoted side Ostrow.

Pedersen was well supported by Polish star Przemyslaw Pawlicki, with the former Speedway GP rider adding 15 points of his own, while Krzysztof Kasprzak tallied a rock-solid 10 paid 13 as he bids to put a tough 2021 behind him.

Former world champion Chris Holder offered Ostrow’s only serious resistance, scoring 14 points from six.

For full details of the day’s results, scorers and the latest league table, visit https://speedwayekstraliga.pl/ (in Polish).

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