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Speedway: Bartosz Zmarzlik wins fourth World Champion title

01.10.2023 09:13
Bartosz Zmarzlik won the Speedway Grand Prix of Poland in Toruń on Saturday, claiming his fourth World Champion title. Pole becomes only the seventh rider in the sport’s history to win four or more FIM Speedway world titles, Eurosports informs.
ZmarzlikPAP/Maciej Kulczyński

The win comes after he was disqualified from the DeluxeHomeart FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens on September 16 for wearing a race suit that did not comply with the regulations, Eurosport.com reports.

Before the event in Vojens, Zmarzlik had a 24-point advantage over Fredrik Lindgren, and winning a title was a real possibility in that race. However, that was not the case anymore. 

Following his Vojens disqualification, Zmarzlik admitted he had even more motivation than normal to take the victory. In Toruń, the 28-year-old proved he fully deserved the podium, winning five out of seven races he rode in, including the final one, writes Polish broadcaster TVP World.  

"This gold medal is very different," Zmarzlik said to Eurosport after the Grand Prix. "Today, for the first time in my career, it felt like 'must' not only 'can' - I must win today. There was a lot of pressure, but before Vojens I was 24 points ahead and today also I was six points in front. That makes it easier mentally and I said to myself, let's just focus on the racing and we'll see what happens after the heats."

Speedway GP World Championship runner-up Fredrik Lindgren finished second, and the bronze medal was won by Slovakia’s Martin Vaculik, who saw off Aussie ace Jack Holder by two points and took the final spot on the podium.


SOURCE: IAR; Eurosport; TVP World