JANOWSKI: I HOPE THIS WILL BE A GOOD YEAR

PAUL BURBIDGE

Polish racer Maciej Janowski insists he will do his best to build on a strong start to the 2022 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series in Croatia last Saturday.

The Wroclaw and Dackarna hero stormed to second place on the podium behind fellow countryman Bartosz Zmarzlik.

This comes as the ideal confidence boost heading into the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw on May 14, where he starts just two points behind the double world champion on a track where Polish fans are still waiting for their first home winner.

Janowski has reached the last three finals of an opening Speedway GP round that he has contested, but is still waiting for his first World Championship medal. He is hopeful of turning an impressive start into a champagne finish in 2022, having topped the heat scorechart on 13 race points and showed some consistency at the Speedway Stadion Milenium.

Asked if he can sustain a medal push, he replied: “I will do my best like always. I hope this will be a good year.

“I feel very good. From the beginning in Croatia, I think we found a good setup. We didn’t see it after qualification but when we got to the tapes, everything was working really well. I am very happy with my points. It was a solid night.”

The Speedway Stadion Milenium track delivered some of the best racing Croatian fans have witnessed as a sell-out 6,000-strong crowd packed into the nation’s only speedway venue.

Janowski was making his Speedway GP debut in Croatia, but has raced there before in FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship rounds. It was a track he enjoyed on Saturday night.

He said: “I have been to Croatia two times before for some junior championships and some test meetings. But I haven’t raced here too much. On Saturday, the track was prepared well and it had some racing lines.”

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