POLISH SPEEDWAY GP STARS TO APPEAR AT WARSAW'S MUSEUM OF SPORTS AND TOURISM THIS SATURDAY

Poland’s Speedway GP stars will be making a special appearance at Warsaw’s Museum of Sports and Tourism at the opening of their Speedway Night of Museums exhibition from 11:00 CET this Saturday morning.Ahead of Saturday evening’s Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw at PGE Narodowy, triple world champion Zmarzlik, world No.3 Maciej Janowski and former world No.2 Patryk Dudek will all be in attendance for the event, with the museum offering FREE ENTRY for all.The opening of this speedway exhibition at the museum on ul. Wybrzeże Gdyńskie coincides with Warsaw’s Long Night of Museums this Saturday, giving fans the opportunity to check out museums all over the city, before heading to PGE Narodowy to enjoy the racing from 19:00 CET.It wouldn’t be Poland’s national sporting museum without some speedway bikes, and the brand-new exhibition will feature bikes from all of the nation’s three FIM Speedway world champions, Bartosz Zmarzlik, Tomasz Gollob and Jerzy Szczakiel.Reigning Polish champion Zmarzlik will also donate the legendary Kadyrov's Cap to the museum's collections. The iconic hat, embroidered with the names of all the Polish Championship winners, has been worn by all of Poland’s speedway greats.Fans can meet legendary riders, coaches and mechanics from 12:00 CET until 17:00 CET. There will be a chance for visitors to test their skills on speedway racing simulators and iconic Speedway GP images on display.As well as its special speedway exhibition, the museum’s permanent collection tells the story of sport from ancient Greece, through to the first modern Olympic Games and the present day, and includes sporting art, technical gear, medals, trophies, sporting antiques and other memorabilia.Visitors can learn about the impact of politics and wars on Polish sport; find out more about the present-day sporting heroes, and view their Olympic medals, diplomas and trophies.For more details about the museum and Speedway Night of Museums, click HERE.Tickets for the Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP at PGE Narodowy are still available. Click HERE now to book yours.

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CZECH RACER MILIK MAKES SPEEDWAY GP RETURN AS PRAGUE WILD CARD

In-form Czech charger Vaclav Milik aims to build on a flying start to 2023 as makes his FIM Speedway Grand Prix return as Prague FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic wild card on Saturday, June 3.Milik, who became the only Czech rider to reach the Prague FIM Czech Speedway GP podium in 2017, finishing third, makes what will be his 13th Speedway GP appearance and his first since 2020 as he lines up in the famous No.16 race jacket at Marketa Stadium.The Caslav-born ace hopes to continue what has been an impressive start to 2023 with his Polish club Krosno. After helping them to promotion to the PGE Ekstraliga last season, he was paid for at least nine points in all three of their opening matches this year.The 29-year-old also led the Czech Republic to fifth place in the 2022 FIM Speedway of Nations in Vojens, Denmark, securing their qualification for this summer’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup in Wroclaw from July 25-29.Milik is joined in Prague by track reserves Jan Kvech and Eduard Krcmar, who line up in the No.17 and No.18 race jackets respectively.Fans are set for two nights of racing in Prague, which also hosts the Prague FIM SGP2 of Czech Republic on Friday, June 2 – the opening round of this year’s FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship.Tickets for both the Prague FIM Czech Speedway GP and the Prague FIM SGP2 of Czech Republic are on sale now.To attend both Speedway GP and SGP2, book HERE.For Speedway GP on Saturday, June 3 only, book HERE.And for SGP2 on Friday, June 2, book HERE.

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WOZNIAK COMPLETES POLAND'S SPEEDWAY GP QUALIFICATION CONTENDERS

Former Polish champion Szymon Wozniak has been handed Poland’s final spot in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualifiers.Four places in the Speedway GP qualification rounds for the 2024 series were awarded at the Polish Golden Helmet in Opole last Saturday, which was won by Maciej Janowski ahead of Bartosz Zmarzlik.While the two 2022 Speedway GP World Championship medallists have opted out of the qualifying rounds, third-placed Piotr Pawlicki, Dominik Kubera in fourth, Bartosz Smektala in fifth and Przemyslaw Pawlicki in sixth spot won the four SGP qualifiers spots up for grabs.One last place was in the hands of Polish team manager Rafal Dobrucki, and he awarded it to Wozniak, who took seventh spot in Opole.The Gorzow star joins Smektala in the SGP qualifier at Slovak circuit Zarnovica on May 27, with Piotr Pawlicki lining up in the round at Italian track Lonigo on the same day.Przemyslaw Pawlicki travels to German circuit Abensberg for his qualifier on May 29, with Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw wild card Dominik Kubera competing in the round at Hungarian track Debrecen that day.The top four riders from each of the rounds will qualify for the FIM GP Challenge at Swedish venue Gislaved on August 19, provided a Swedish rider is among the qualifiers. If not, only three riders will progress from one round, allowing room for a Swedish wild card to be selected.The top three riders at the FIM GP Challenge will be the first riders guaranteed places in the 2024 Speedway GP series.Meanwhile, the qualifiers for the 2023 SGP2 series take place on May 20, with four Polish riders confirmed for the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship qualifiers.Reigning SGP2 champion Mateusz Cierniak launches his title defence at former FIM Slovenian Speedway GP venue Krsko, while Wroclaw shooting star Bartlomiej Kowalski competes at Czech track Pardubice and Kacper Pludra and Damian Ratajczak race at FIM Danish Speedway GP venue Vojens – also the stage for the SGP2 title decider on Friday, September 15.

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EKSTRALIGA | ZMARZLIK HITS MAX AS LUBLIN HAMMERS LESZNO

Triple world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik raced to a 14 paid 15-point maximum as Lublin ran riot 65-25 at home to Leszno in the PGE Ekstraliga on Sunday.Zmarzlik heads into Saturday’s Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw in fine form after winning the Speedway GP opener in Croatia on April 29, and a PGE Ekstraliga maximum against the Bulls will only lift him further as he chases his first Warsaw final.Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP wild card Dominik Kubera also went unbeaten by an opponent on 13 paid 15, while Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren dropped just a point on his way to 13 paid 14.Aussie champion Jack Holder also impressed on 11 paid 14 against a Leszno side missing his injured older brother Chris, who is sidelined with fractures to his C5 vertebra.Leszno’s only real resistance came from Grzegorz Zengota, who notched nine paid 10 points.Elsewhere, Great Britain racer Dan Bewley warmed up for Warsaw by bagging 12 points for Wroclaw as they won 49-41 at home to Gorzow.He was well supported by 10 paid 11 from 2021 Speedway GP world champion Artem Laguta and a straight 10 from Polish star Maciej Janowski. Triple world champion Tai Woffinden scored three paid four points.Double Danish champion Anders Thomsen led the Gorzow scoring on 13 paid 14, with Szymon Wozniak collecting 10 paid 12 and Slovak star Martin Vaculik scoring 10 paid 11.In the Polish First Division, Swedish Speedway GP star Kim Nilsson scored five points as German club Landshut lost 46-44 at home to Zielona Gora.For full details of Sunday’s PGE Ekstraliga results, scorers and the latest league table, click HERE.

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MAGIC BREAKS ZMARZLIK'S GRIP ON GOLDEN HELMET IN OPOLE

Speedway GP star Maciej Janowski ended his 10-year wait for a Polish Golden Helmet win as he dashed world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik’s bid for a fourth straight victory in Opole on Saturday.Janowski topped the podium on 14 points – one ahead of runner-up Zmarzlik on 13, while Magic’s Wroclaw teammate Piotr Pawlicki took third place on 12 to seal his spot in the Speedway GP qualifiers along with Dominik Kubera, Bartosz Smektala and Przemyslaw Pawlicki.Zmarzlik zoomed to three straight Golden Helmet victories in 2020, 2021 and 2022, with Janowski last winning the prize in 2013. But Magic came out on top over the straight 20-heat showdown this year.The result comes as a huge boost ahead of the Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw at PGE Narodowy next Saturday. No Polish rider has ever topped the podium in Poland’s biggest speedway event, with Janowski coming closest – finishing second in both 2017 and 2018.The prestigious Golden Helmet has been won by the greats of Polish speedway and plays a key role in deciding the country’s entrants for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification rounds.Janowski and Zmarzlik have confirmed they will not contest the qualifiers and will instead focus on their quest for Speedway GP World Championship gold this year, with a top-six finish enough to guarantee them a place in the competition for 2024.But Piotr Pawlicki will bid to return to the Speedway GP series for the first time since 2017, with his elder brother and 2018 Speedway GP rider Przemyslaw also chasing a World Championship comeback after finishing sixth on nine points.Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP wild card Kubera took fourth place on 11 in Opole and also enters the SGP qualifiers, along with his former Leszno teammate Smektala, who took fifth spot on nine. Neither rider has been a full-time Speedway GP star, but Kubera reached back-to-back FIM Lublin Speedway GP finals at the 2021 double-header on his current home track.Former Polish champion Szymon Wozniak just missed the Speedway GP qualification cut on eight points, with former FIM Czech Speedway GP winner Janusz Kolodziej and Kacper Woryna falling short on seven.But they could be in contention for one final wild card place in the Speedway GP qualifiers, which will be allocated by Polish team manager Rafal Dobrucki.Former world No.2 Jaroslaw Hampel scored six along with 2022 SGP2 champion Mateusz Cierniak and Wiktor Przyjemski, while Speedway GP star Patryk Dudek and Pawel Przedpelski scored five apiece.It was a tough day for former world No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak and former World Under-21 champion Jakub Miskowiak, who ended on one point each.POLISH GOLDEN HELMET SCORES: 1 Maciej Janowski 14, 2 Bartosz Zmarzlik 13, 3 Piotr Pawlicki 12, 4 Dominik Kubera 11, 5 Bartosz Smektala 9, 6 Przemyslaw Pawlicki 9, 7 Szymon Wozniak 8, 8 Janusz Kolodziej 7, 9 Kacper Woryna 7, 10 Jaroslaw Hampel 6, 11 Mateusz Cierniak 6, 12 Wiktor Przyjemski 6, 13 Patryk Dudek 5, 14 Pawel Przedpelski 5, 15 Krzysztof Kasprzak 1, 16 Jakub Miskowiak 1.  

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