SPEEDWAY GP GUIDE | GORZOW

PAUL BURBIDGE

As the countdown continues to the 2022 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series, FIMSpeeedway.com looks ahead to the action. Next up, we feature the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzów on June 25.

The Edward Jancarz Stadium has staged Speedway GP most seasons since 2011 and has firmly established itself as one of the finest purpose-built, track-racing venues in the world.

But every iconic stadium needs an iconic rider, and Gorzów has one of the brightest stars in the speedway galaxy.

After making his Stal Gorzów debut in the 2011 Ekstraliga, Bartosz Zmarzlik has made an astonishing ascent from raw rookie to the top of the sport – becoming Poland’s first and only double world champion.

Zmarzlik announced his arrival on the world stage by finishing third as a wild card at the 2012 FIM Gorzów Speedway GP. But that was just a preview of what was to come.

The local hero became the youngest-ever Speedway GP winner when he topped the podium in the 2014 Gorzów event at 19 years and 140 days old. It was the night a global speedway star was born, and Zmarzlik has gone on to win five Speedway GP medals in six seasons since 2016 – two gold, two silver and one bronze.

Zmarzlik won the 2020 FIM Gorzów Speedway GP round three on his way to a second world title and will chasing a third win on his home track this June.

But he isn’t the only rider who knows the place inside out. His Gorzów team mates Martin Vaculik and Anders Thomsen will also be seeking to make the most of home advantage at Edward Jancarz Stadium.

Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren was the last rider to win a Speedway GP round in Gorzów, triumphing at round four in 2020 after an epic battle with Jason Doyle in the final, which saw Leon Madsen fight his way past the Aussie for second spot on a brutal final corner.

Gorzów hosted one of the all-time great Speedway GP finals in 2016, when Doyle and British star Tai Woffinden traded passes at a breathtaking rate for four laps, with the Aussie getting the verdict on the last bend.

Gorzów Wielkopolski truly is a speedway city and there’s no better time to visit than on Speedway GP weekend!

Away from the stadium, take a walk or relax by the Warta River on Nadwarcianski Boulevard, where you will find cafes and restaurants.

Cross the bridge to the NoVa Park shopping mall, where you can pick up a Stal Gorzów speedway souvenir in the club shop.

Make sure you grab a selfie with the city’s first speedway hero – check out the bronze racing statue of the legendary Edward Jancarz. Visit the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary or The Spichlerz – an art exhibition and museum taking a look back at the city’s history.

But there’s no doubt why the eyes of the world will be on Gorzów Wielkopolski on June 25 – bring on the FIM Gorzów Speedway GP!

Keep an eye on FIMSpeedway.com for ticket news in the coming weeks and months …

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