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Podium images of German Speedway GP winner Patryk Dudek and third-placed Freddie Lindgren


Jun 052022

1366 days.

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."


“We changed many things on the bikes with the setup ahead of every heat and the engines were working well.


“I had good starts today and I think the starts were very important. We made good decisions in the pits with my team. Everything we changed on the bikes worked well in the race after.


“I just won the starts, took a good line and that’s speedway. It’s good to be back on the podium and the points are good for me. I was nearly last before this round, but I am higher now, so that is good.”


Dudek was joined on the podium by ‘Fast’ Freddie Lindgren, who recovered from an off night in Prague last time out to clinch a second top-three finish of the season.


Freddie was fast out of the starts and used all of his experience to secure his final place, and the 16 points gained propelled him to fourth in the overall standings.


Tai Woffinden was impressive in the qualifiers but couldn’t make it through his semi-final and finished P6, Dan Bewley had his best night so far to finish one better in P5 while Jack Holder made his first SGP semi-final and ended the night in P8, whilst Pawel Przedpelski came home in 14th.


1 Bartosz Zmarzlik 62, 2 Maciej Janowski 51, 3 Leon Madsen 50, 4 Freddie Lindgren 46, 5 Tai Woffinden 43, 6 Robert Lambert 36, 7 Martin Vaculik 35, 8 Patryk Dudek 35, 9 Jason Doyle 35, 10 Mikkel Michelsen 34, 11 Max Fricke 32, 12 Dan Bewley 32, 13 Anders Thomsen 29, 14 Jack hOLDER 26, 15 Pawel Przedpelski 15.

1 Patryk Dudek 20, 2 Bartosz Zmarzlik18, 3 Freddie Lindgren 16, 4 Robert Lambert 14, 5 Dan Bewley 12, 6 Tai Woffinden 11, 7 Leon Madsen 10, 8 Jack Holder 9, 9 Maciej Janowski 8, 10 Kai Huckenbeck 7, 11 Martin Vaculik 6, 12 Anders Thomsen 5, 13 Jason Doyle 4, 14 Pawel Przedpelski 3, 15 Max Fricke 2, 16 Mikkel Michelsen 1