Before the final round of Speedway Euro Championship, which will be taken on 14th of October in Lublin, Andreas Jonsson and Artem Laguta are both ranked in 3rd position in the overall classification. Swede and Russian are currently 6 points down from Andzejs Lebedevs (1st), which makes this fight for bronze possible to change into a chase for gold.
Laguta and Jonsson got themselves into this year's series thanks to the "wild cards". While Russian was expected to get some high scores, it was quite hard to predict how would Swede perform, however in the first round of SEC in Toruń, Jonsson proved that this decision of giving him the wild card was right. Back then, Swede got 10 points and was one of the most exciting riders to watch on track. In Güstrow, despite his two heat wins, he wasn't able to advance to the race-off heat and Swede finished this round with 8 points gathered.
His best performance came in the perfect moment - in front of his home crowd - in Hallstavik. "AJ" got 14 points, thanks to which he jumped on the lowest step of the podium. 32 points gathered in three rounds let him be ranked in 3rd position overall so far.
For Artem Laguta, opening round of Euro Championship was one of the unluckiest in his career. Russian rider was fast, well adjusted to that surface, but two exclusions made him unable to get through to the race-off heat. After a bad performance in Toruń, a premiere win in his history of starts in SEC, finally came. In Güstrow, Laguta got 4 heat wins and got a direct promotion to the final heat. In heat no.22, Russian made advantage of Andzejs Lebedevs's mistake and he went straight for the win. In Sweden, Laguta had a poor beginning - after three series of starts, he had only three points, but next two series brought two wins and advance to the race-off heat. In heat no.21, Laguta didn't manage to got himself into TOP 2 and ended this round with 9 points gathered. After three rounds of SEC 2017, Russian has the same amount of points as Andreas Jonsson.
What's interesting, despite many similarities between these two riders in SEC, it's way different in PGE Ekstraliga season 2017. Russian, representing MrGarden GKM Grudziądz achieved a great average of 2,236 points per heat, which puts him in the third position among all riders starting in the top Polish league. Next to his starts in Poland and SEC, younger of Laguta brothers, also started in the Russian league, where along with his team Mega Laga Togliatti, became the gold medalist.
When it comes to Jonsson, it looks slightly different. Swede was about to be one of the Vitroszlif CrossFit Włókniarz Częstochowa leaders, however his average of 1,175 points per heat, made him the weakest of all foreigners representing Częstochowa. However, he had way better results in Elitserien. Along with Rospiggarna Hallstavik, Swedish rider got to the semi-final and while representing Swedish Champions 2016, he got an average of 1,864 points per heat.
Even though, both riders are currently ranked in 3rd position, their loss to the leader - Andzejs Lebedevs is only 6 points and 2 points to Vaclav Milik, who's 2nd. In Lublin, we may witness many twists and most probably it'll be the very last heat giving us the name of new European Champion.
Tickets for SEC Grand Final in Lublin (October 14th) are still on sale. You can buy it on: bit.ly/SEC_final_Lublin_tickets and in Empik’s, Media Markt’s and STS salons. Eurosport will air live broadcast. All tickets bought for first term remain valid.
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Reduceed – 40 PLN
Race Programme – 10 PLN
1. Krzysztof Kasprzak #507 (Poland)
2. Mateusz Szczepaniak #58 (Poland)
3. Martin Smolinski #84 (Germany)
4. Kenneth Bjerre #91 (Denmark)
5. Andzejs Lebedevs #129 (Latvia)
6. Andrey Kudryashov #9 (Russia)
7. Vaclav Milik #13 (Czechia)
8. Artem Laguta #2 (Russia)
9. Przemysław Pawlicki #59 (Poland)
10. JuricaPavlić #19 (Croatia)
11. Daniel Jeleniewski #16 (Poland)
12. Michael Jepsen Jensen #52 (Denmark)
13. Leon Madsen #66 (Denmark)
14. Andreas Jonsson #100 (Sweden)
15. Mikkel Bech #177 (Denmark)
16. Kacper Gomólski #44 (Poland)
17. Oskar Bober (Poland)
18. Paweł Miesiąc (Poland)