NO PRESSURE FOR MAGIC IN WARSAW

PAUL BURBIDGE

Polish icon Maciej Janowski insists he won’t be piling on the pressure ahead of tonight’s Orlen FIM Speedway of Poland – Warsaw “because you don’t get extra points for Warsaw.”

Janowski has been the closest Pole to winning his nation’s biggest speedway event, having finished second twice in 2017 and 2018.

The Wroclaw hero missed the 2019 meeting due to a shoulder injury and hasn’t taken to the track at PGE Narodowy for four years.

So Janowski is delighted to be back on track on his country’s biggest stage in front of over 50,000 fans. But he’s also determined to keep the occasion in perspective with a plenty of Speedway GP racing still to be done in 2022.

He said: “It is very good to be back. But I try not to think about the occasion because you don’t get extra points for Warsaw.

“We know we need to score great points, but sometimes if you want something very bad, you don’t always get it – it doesn’t work like that. I will try to just concentrate on myself and get the best score I can.

“When we sit on the bike, we want to win every heat. Of course expectations are huge here because no-one from Poland has won here before. But I will try to keep my head and do the best I can.”

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