MADSEN WINS IN TORUŃ

04.07.20
19:37
Share on:
Facebook
Twitter
Google+

Toruń has been waiting for a big speedway event for several months. Finally it happened tonight with an excellent inaugural round of the TAURON SEC 2020 series at the Motoarena. The front-runners were in top form and the fans got to see some great duels on the track.

Fortunately, the weather was favourable for a great show with the thermometers showing about 25 degrees and the sky dotted with harmless clouds – good omens for what was coming up from 5 pm.

The beginning of the competition was no big surprise. There were two victories apiece for Leon Madsen and Nicki Pedersen but also Zmarzlik, Smektala and Lambert all showed great speed. Smektala was especially impressive in Heat 6, where he managed to beat the world champion.

Everyone was waiting with baited breath for the showdown between Pedersen and Madsen, but when Heat 10 finally came around, it was debutant, Timo Lahti, who stole the lime light by picking up three points. During the third series, the fans were again forced to rub their eyes in amazement. The solid favourite Bartosz Zmarzlik was made to watch the backs of Kacper Woryna and David Bellego, whom the world champion couldn’t pass even though he chased him right until the finish. The closer we got to the end of the main phase, the further Robert Lambert was moving on, defeating Smektala and Madsen with finesse. Although we did not see a lot of overtaking, the riders were close in almost every heat, putting a smile on the fans’ faces.

In the last series we could enjoy a battle between the best two riders in the world. In heat 17 Kai Huckenbeck seemed to have better cards than Leon Madsen right up to the finish line, where the Dane passed the German to take third place. At the front, Zmarzlik managed to deal with Grigorij Laguta quite quickly and secure three points.

Despite a great ride in Heat 20 by Smektala, where he left Pedersen and Mikkelsen behind, the Pole did not manage to make a direct promotion to the final. Instead, it was the above-mentioned Pedersen and the British rider Lambert who gained direct qualification.
The lineup for the Last Chance Heat looked like a Grand Prix heat with Smektala, Zmarzlik, Michelsen and Madsen waiting at the tapes. The young competitor from Fogo Unia Leszno used the advantage of the inside gate and finished first, with the 2018 European Champion in second place right behind him.

In the last race of the evening, Madsen showed that a great finale is his element. The Dane took advantage of Nicki Pedersen’s problem on the back straight and sneaked through to take the victory. The second place went to Lambert and Nicki had to settle for the lowest step of the podium. There are still four rounds left for Smektala to improve on todays fourth place. Tonight, the front-runners showed their fighting spirits and now they will have to keep up the momentum in Bydgoszcz, Gniezno, Rybnik and Torun.


Results:
1. Leon Madsen (Dania) - 12 (3,3,0,2,1,3)
2. Robert Lambert (Wielka Brytania) - 14 (2,1,3,3,3,2)
3. Nicki Pedersen (Dania) - 14 (3,3,2,3,2,1)
4. Bartosz Smektała (Polska) - 11 (2,3,2,1,3,0)
5. Bartosz Zmarzlik (Polska) - 10 (3,2,1,1,3)
6. Mikkel Michelsen (Dania) - 10 (1,2,3,3,1)
7. Timo Lahti (Finlandia) - 8 (0,2,3,2,1)
8. Kacper Woryna (Polska) - 8 (1,2,3,w,2)
9. Grigorij Łaguta (Rosja) - 7 (3,0,2,d,2)
10. Krzysztof Kasprzak (Polska) - 7 (2,1,1,1,2)
11. David Bellego (Francja) - 6 (0,3,2,1,0)
12. Vaclav Milik (Czechy) - 6 (t,0,1,2,3)
13. Andriej Kudriaszow (Rosja) - 5 (1,1,0,3,0)
14. Kai Huckenbeck (Niemcy) - 3 (0,1,0,2,0)
15. Michael Jepsen Jensen (Dania) - 3 (2,0,1,0,u)
16. Peter Ljung (Szwecja) - 1 (0,0,0,0,1)
17. Igor Kopeć-Sobczyński (Polska) - 1 (1)
18. Karol Żupiński (Polska) - ns

Heat by heat:

1. Łaguta, Kasprzak, Kopeć-Sobczyński (Milik - t), Bellego
2. Pedersen, Jensen, Kudriaszow, Huckenbeck
3. Zmarzlik, Lambert, Michelsen, Lahti
4. Madsen, Smektała, Woryna, Ljung
5. Pedersen, Woryna, Lambert, Łaguta
6. Smektała, Zmarzlik, Kasprzak, Jensen
7. Madsen, Michelsen, Kudriaszow, Milik
8. Bellego, Lahti, Huckenbeck, Ljung
9. Michelsen, Łaguta, Jensen, Ljung
10. Lahti, Pedersen, Kasprzak, Madsen
11. Lambert, Smektała, Milik, Huckenbeck
12. Woryna, Bellego, Zmarzlik, Kudriaszow
13. Kudriaszow, Lahti, Smektała, Łaguta (d)
14. Michelsen, Huckenbeck, Kasprzak, Woryna (w/u)
15. Pedersen, Milik, Zmarzlik, Ljung
16. Lambert, Madsen, Bellego, Jensen
17. Zmarzlik, Łaguta, Madsen, Huckenbeck
18. Lambert, Kasprzak, Ljung, Kudriaszow
19. Milik, Woryna, Lahti, Jensen (u4)
20. Smektała, Pedersen, Michelsen, Bellego

Last chance heat: Smektała, Madsen, Zmarzlik, Michelsen
Final: Madsen, Lambert, Pedersen, Smektała

SEC News
18.05.21
DAVID BELLEGO – I’VE WORKED HARD ALL WINTER

Frenchman David Bellego is no stranger to the Speedway Euro Championship having appeared in the finals for the last two years. But to make it three years in a row he will need to qualify through this weekend’s SEC Challenge which take place at Pardubice, Czech Republic.

18.05.21
PATRICK HANSEN: Pardubice is one of my favourite tracks

Danish rider, Patrick Hansen, will be 23 yrs later this year and is enjoying an impressive start to his 2021 season. He represents Grinsted KS Liga in Denmark, Avesta Masarna in Sweden and Arged Malesa Ostrow in Poland’s eWinner 1 league. In fact, he top-scored in Ostrow’s opening match and was undefeated in their match against Gniezno which was cut short due to bad weather. But the highlight so far occurred on 14 April in Esbjerg, Denmark. That night he surprised many by winning the Danish SGP/ SEC qualifier. It was not only the way he did it that caught people’s attention – he won 4 out of 5 heats – but the riders he beat, including Mikkel Michelsen, Kenneth Bjerre, Jonas Jeppesen and Marcus Birkemose who are all signed with Ekstraliga clubs this year.

18.05.21
SEC CHALLENGE: MET TOP CONTENDERS – DUDEK & BEWLEY

This year’s TAURON SEC is almost upon us and this weekend we will see five qualifiers go through from the SEC Challenge being held in Pardubice. The majority of the riders have already been racing in Poland’s first and second divisions. Here we can take a brief look at the form of two of the riders who have been racing in Ekstraliga before one of their most important races of the season.

13.05.21
MICHELSEN: THE FANS BRING OUT MY A-GAME

For fans of the SEC, Mikkel Michelsen will be a familiar name - this year will be the fourth year in a row the Danish rider has competed in the European Championships. And with two fourth places and a win in 2019, the 26-year-old is looking for a podium finish.

07.05.21
Starting list for SEC Challenge in Pardubice

Pardubice will host SEC Challenge 2021. The competition will take place on 22nd of May. 16 riders will fight for five places, which will qualify them to the finals of Speedway Euro Championship 2021. The series will take place in Bydgoszcz (12.06), Güstrow (26.06), Gdansk (03.07) and Rybnik (10.07).

04.05.21
THE SEASON SO FAR FOR EUROPE’S TOP RIDERS

The Ekstraliga has now been running for one month in Poland and that gives us the first chance to look at our five finalists for this year’s Speedway Euro Championship.

All five riders have raced in all four of the rounds so far, except for Częstochowa’s Leon Madsen and Bartosz Smektala who had their away match against Gorzow cancelled due to bad weather forecast.

We will look at each rider in turn based on their heat average in Ekstraliga so far.

Photos
30.07.2020
TAURON SEC 2020 Round 5: Toruń
24.07.2020
TAURON SEC 2020 Round 3: Gniezno
23.07.2020
TAURON SEC 2020 Round 4: Rybnik
09.07.2020
TAURON SEC 2020 Round 2: Bydgoszcz
SEC Girls
GIRLS Section
Paulina Monika Natalia Patrycja Dagmara
social media

Organizers

OneSport FIM Europe

Host Cities and Regions

Bydgoszcz Guestrow Gda?sk Rybnik

Official Broadcaster

Eurosport

Sponsors

TAURON Grohmann Polski Cukier

Partners

Lotto

Media partners

WP Sportowefakty.pl Tygodnik ?u?lowy