MAGIC SEALS DACKARNA DEAL

PAUL BURBIDGE

Polish icon Maciej Janowski says his return to Swedish champions Dackarna was never in doubt.

The Wroclaw-born favourite led the Malilla club to its first league title since 2007 this year, and with Aussie ace Jason Doyle departing to resume his career in the UK and triple world champion Tai Woffinden yet to return, Dackarna were determined to hang on to Janowski.

Magic first joined the club in 2016 on the back of winning three straight British Elite League championships with Poole.

Since swapping the UK for Sweden, Janowski has become a huge favourite in Malilla and is delighted to be back at the Skrotfrag Arena.

He told the club’s official website: “I am happy to announce that I will stay with the Swedish champions Dackarna next season.

“After many years at the club, I am used to and thrive in the colours of the Dacks, with the people at the club and the supporters. I feel I get good support from the management and I like the atmosphere at the club.

“There was no doubt from either me or the club that I would stay. We are building something serious together and this is confirmed by the title we won in 2021. I think there will be more and I am happy to be a part of Dackarna. See you in 2022.”

Team boss Mikael Teurnberg was always hopeful of bringing Janowski back. He said: “I talked to Maciej on the final night in Eskilstuna, before we parted. Ever since then, I have felt confident that he would be in the team next season. It feels great to be able to present it to our sponsors and supporters now.

“Maciej was an important cog in the team that drove home Dackarna’s first Swedish Championship gold since 2007.

“He is part of our backbone and he is the rider in today’s Dackarna squad who has raced the longest for the club.

“He comes back after a season that was a bit up and down, where he started excellently, but then ended up in a form slump, not least in the GP series. But when we needed him the most, for example, if the Swedish Championship semi-final in Vastervik, he really stepped forward.”

Janowski teams up with the likes of two-time Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell, British champion Adam Ellis, Aussie signing Brady Kurtz, American international Luke Becker and Danish racer Rasmus Jensen.

Elsewhere, Latvian young gun Francis Gusts has agreed terms with Masarna, where he links up with local heroes Antonio Lindback and Philip Hellstrom-Bangs, plus former Aussie champion Rohan Tungate and Krzysztof Buczkowski and Adrian Gala.

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