WOZNIAK: POLISH TEAM SPIRIT STRONG AFTER MALTA TRAINING CAMP
Speedway GP newcomer Szymon Wozniak believes Poland’s Maltese training camp has strengthened the squad’s bond as they chase their first-ever FIM Speedway of Nations gold medal in Manchester this summer.
The Poles jetted to Malta for a pre-season camp, where Wozniak, Speedway GP world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik and SGP permanent wild card Dominik Kubera have been training, cycling and also enjoying some downtime alongside the likes of Maciej Janowski, Patryk Dudek, Janusz Kolodziej, Jaroslaw Hampel, plus young guns like SGP2 champion Mateusz Cierniak and Bartlomiej Kowalski.
While getting into shape for the season is part of the mission in Malta, Wozniak admits spending time together as a group can make a big difference ahead of the FIM SON, in which team riding is vital as 15 countries go for gold.
The Gorzow star told PolskiZuzel.pl: “Physical activity and training are important, but each of us works on this all the time, so the most important thing is the atmosphere that can be built by spending time together.
“The weather is so beautiful that you want to go out for fresh air and spend time with your friends, drinking coffee in the sun or just relaxing together. At this training camp we have many opportunities to simply be together, meet and talk. This creates an atmosphere.”
Wozniak recently travelled to California with his family to train with his new Speedway GP coach, Greg Hancock. Now he is exploring Malta on two wheels – albeit without the aid of a 500cc engine. Wozniak added: “The island is compact, it's warm, the people are nice, and the views are beautiful.
“You can just leave the hotel, get on your bike and you can see it all. The island is not large, so this bike is an indispensable and very helpful element of the training camp.”