That’s how long Speedway shredder Patryk Dudek has waited to stand on top of a Speedway Grand Prix podium and boy, did he do it in style.
The Polish charger last tasted victory in the SGP series back in September 2018 when he won in Slovenia, but his latest triumph was delivered emphatically.
Dudek headed to Teterow, Germany in 14th place in the series standings, and needing a big result, and he didn’t disappoint.
He looked fast from the get-go and seemed to be one of the few riders able to navigate a tricky circuit that was below the standard expected at the top of the sport.
That didn’t matter for Dudek, who topped the score chart after the 20 qualifying heats with 13 points from a possible 15 and a renewed sense of confidence.
He headed into the semi-final with the first choice of gate-pick and he made the most of it, leading from tapes to flag to qualify for his first final of the year.
He faced off against series leader Bartek Zmarzlik, Robert Lambert, and Monster stablemate Freddie Lindgren in the showpiece final, and once again he led from the off as he cruised home to a priceless victory and 20 huge championship points.
After a difficult few rounds, he was pleased to get back on track, he said: “I had a tough start to the season and those first three rounds were not good for me. But today everything was working okay. It was good to be back on the podium and I have some more points now. I am back in the game."