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Images from the 2018 Slovenian SGP


Sep 092018

There probably aren’t too many people who count the small Slovenian town as one of their favourite places but there’s one man who is a big fan – Polish speedway sensation Patryk Dudek!

‘Duzers’ charged to third place in his first ever full-time Speedway GP last season and this year he went not one but two better by blasting to the top of the podium on a rollercoaster night of action.

The Krsko circuit isn’t an easy one to figure out but Dudek seems to have it dialled in better than most and there was no denying him on a night that was all about making starts and getting your nose in front early.

Nobody did that better than the 2017 silver medallist and when he hit fresh air in the final nobody was catching him and he coasted home for his second career GP victory, and you can guess that he was pretty stoked as he spoke to us after the race.

“I am so happy, I love Krsko! Last year I came third and now tonight I came first so I like this place, it’s a good track for me and I enjoy coming here.


“It was a hard night and the starts were very important, you had to try to get in front early because it wasn’t easy to make passes but we worked hard and found a good set-up so I felt fast all night. In the final I knew that I had to get the start and I made a good one and then held on, it’s a nice feeling to be on the top of the podium again!


“In the semi-final I didn’t have the best gate but I made a really good start and that helped, then for the final I could choose which gate I wanted and it made my life a bit easier. I really want to push towards the top three and now we are closer, I think five points, so we will keep pushing for the rest of the year and see where we end up.


“It’s nice to win and nice to score a lot of points so I am already looking forward to coming back to Krsko next year!”

Patryk was joined on the podium by M-claw stablemate Greg Hancock who showed some vintage form to claim third place on the night. The four-time world champion showed that he is still a major force to be reckoned with by scoring 15 points and now he’s in striking distance of a top three spot – and he’s going hard after it.

“All I need is a chance and now we have one. We clawed some points back on third place tonight and we’ve still got a bit to make up but it’s nice to be back on the podium and back scoring big points again,” he said.


“I always want to win and I didn’t do that tonight but third place is good, it was a tough night and you had to work hard so to come home with 15 points and a place in the top three is a pretty good night’s work. Now we’ve got two rounds left and we’ll be going hard to try and finish as high up as we can.”


There was also a welcome return to form for Chris Holder, who reminded everyone just how good he can be with some big wins when he needed them most.


It’s been a hard year for the 2012 world titlist but he’s still battling away and his 10 points gave him a boost going into the last two rounds.It wasn’t a good night for the current series leader, though, with Tai Woffinden seeing his lead cut to just nine points after his worst score of the series.

Tai scored five points, not helped by a harsh exclusion in his fourth race, and closest rival Bartek Zmarzlik scored 12 to spice up the title race going into the last two races. He heads into the next round in Teterow, Germany with Zmarzlik hot on his heels and it means the title race took a very interesting turn.


Whatever happens, it’s going to be fun to watch…