Bartosz Zmarzlik was left ruing a “junior” error in the semi-final of the Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw.
The double world champion was victorious at the season opener in Croatia last month, but could only place fifth in Poland on Saturday.
That was largely down to hitting a rut during the third lap of semi-final one, when looking to catch Max Fricke.
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“Everything was going really well for me during the meeting, but then I made a mistake like a junior and that’s it,” the Gorzow and Lejonen rider said.
“It was a little bit down to a hole in the track, but I still have to do a good job. The season is long and there are a lot of meetings and work ahead of me. We will see what happens.”
Zmarzlik may have missed out on the final but he still leads the way in the Speedway GP World Championship standings.
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The Pole is on 32 points, two above Danish duo Leon Madsen and Mikkel Michelsen, while Saturday’s victor Fricke is down in sixth behind Maciej Janowski and Fredrik Lindgren.
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“It’s unreal,” Fricke said after his GP win. “It’s unreal to be able to say I have won a GP here in this amazing stadium in front of so many people.
“I really had to take a few moments, especially after the meeting, to really take in the atmosphere and the crowd. It’s definitely one of those memories I will never forget.”
The third round of the season takes place in Prague on May 28.
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER TWO RACES
1 - Bartosz Zmarzlik (Poland) 32pts
2 - Leon Madsen (Denmark) 30pts
3 - Mikkel Michelsen (Denmark) 30pts
4 - Maciej Janowski (Poland) 29pts
5 - Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden) 24pts
6 - Max Fricke (Australia) 22pts
7 - Robert Lambert (United Kingdom) 18pts
8 - Jason Doyle (Australia) 15pts
9 - Anders Thomsen (Denmark) 15pts
10 - Tai Woffinden (United Kingdom) 10pts
11 - Matej Zagar (Slovakia) 11pts
12 - Pawel Przedpelski (Poland) 10pts
13 - Jack Holder (Australia) 10pts
14 - Patryk Dudek (Poland) 10pts
15 - Martin Vaculik (Slovakia) 9pts
16 - Dan Bewley (United Kingdom) 9pts
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