The youngest Pole was the best in the 1st Round of TAURON SEC

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 On Saturday, 4th of July, the TAURON SEC 2020 series was inaugurated at Torun’s Motoarena. The audience gathered in this beautiful venue was counting on a good performance by Polish representatives. This time, none of the Poles stood on the podium, but certainly we can’t talk about the fail when it comes to the performances of riders in white and red colors.

 The youngest of Poles – Bartosz Smektała, was the best of them. The under 22-year-old rider took place in the grand finale, in which he ultimately lost with Leon Madsen, Robert Lambert and Nicki Pedersen. However, it's hard to complain about such a performance. In the main series, the popular "Smyk" lost only 4 points – two with the later finalists, Madsen and Lambert and in the 13th heat – which can be considered as a small surprise – with Finn Timo Lahti and the Russian Andrey Kudryashov. The high place allowed him to start in the race-off for the final, which he won. In a last battle he lost with all rivals, finally finishing the competition on 4th place. After the 1st Final Round of TAURON Speedway Euro Championship 2020 he takes a high place, losing only 3 points to the leading Lambert and Pedersen, which can be reduced quite quickly.

Bartosz Zmarzlik achieved the second result among Poles for the inauguration of the series in Toruń. The Individual World Champion 2019 returned to Motoarena, where in October last year he celebrated his greatest triumph in his career, racing in Saturday's competition with a “wild card”. The 25-year-old rider for the first time appeared in the final tournament of the Individual European Championships and was very close to checking in in the final heat. Finally in the race-off he finished third, behind Smektała and Madsen and finished the competition on the high 5th place with 10 points.

Two other Polish representatives, taking part in the TAURON SEC 2020 series as regular participants, can speak about a small false start. Kacper Woryna, who was very close to achieve bronze medal last year, finished the first Final Round in Torun on 8th place with 8 points. His situation could have been quite different, if he wasn’t excluded in the 14th heat of the day. Ultimately, without these points he couldn’t take place in race-off heat. Krzysztof Kasprzak collected just one point less than Woryna, finishing the competition on 10th position. Although when we look at the points, it may not look so bad, but it can’t be a good sign, that the individual runner-up of the World Championship in 2014 didn’t manage to win a single race for the inauguration of the TAURON SEC 2020 series. For sure there is a lot of place for improvement and everyone knows that this rider can do much more. The last of the Poles, who appeared on the Motoarena track on 4th of July, was Igor Kopeć-Sobczyński. Substitute rider had the opportunity to appear in the first race, after the exclusion of Václav Milík, caused by touching the tape. Quite unexpectedly the young rider was better than David Bellego and could enjoy getting one point.

After the first Final Round of the TAURON SEC 2020 series, Bartosz Smektała has reasons to be satisfied. In the general classification he is at the one of the highest positions and certainly in the next rounds he will do everything to continue his fight for the highest goals. Also, the chances of the next regular participants in the fight for the Individual European Championship in white and red colors can’t be ruled out. However, both Kacper Woryna and Krzysztof Kasprzak have to change something to present themselves better than in first meeting in Toruń. Although this year's TAURON SEC series has 5 final rounds, there will be less space for mistakes in subsequent tournaments.

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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.

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.


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.


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.

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).


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.

TAURON SEC 2020 Round 5: Toruń
TAURON SEC 2020 Round 3: Gniezno
TAURON SEC 2020 Round 4: Rybnik
TAURON SEC 2020 Round 2: Bydgoszcz
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