Danes with the biggest amount of points in TAURON SEC 2020

21.01.21
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The Danes scored the most points in last year's Individual European Championship series. Poland and Russia also have made it to the podium.

191 points (including points scored in last chance heats) were scored by four riders from Hamlet's homeland: Leon Madsen, Mikkel Michelsen, Nicki Pedersen and Michael Jepsen Jensen. The biggest credit for this result goes to the European Champion 2018. Madsen scored 64 points (72 including the "last chance" heats). This means, that with an efficiency of 2.182 points per heat, the rider from Vejle won in the entire series as much as 48% of the races in which he took part. Mikkel Michelsen and Nicki Pedersen also scored their points. The first mentioned and winner of the TAURON SEC 2019 series took fourth place in general scoring with 48 points in 28 races. Three-time Individual World Champion Niki Pedersen, added 49 points to the result of the Danes. He should be considered as the one with serious bad luck in last year's competition. After a fall in Gniezno Pedersen withdrew from the meeting after two series of racing. High score achieved during the final round of TAURON SEC in Toruń, equaled him with Bartosz Smektala in the final classification, so both ended on the fifth place, which was the last guarantee of participation in this year's competition. The rider who qualified for the start in the European Championships 2021 without participating in qualifying races, was determined through an extra heat which was won by Smektała. Michael Jepsen Jensen would rather like to forget about last year's starts in the TAURON SEC series. With 22 points scored in 25 races, the Junior World Champion 2012 finished as 15th in the final standings.

159 points in TAURON Speedway Euro Championship 2020 were scored by Poland's representatives. Bartosz Smektala was the most successful Polish rider, scoring 45 points. This result enabled the 2018 Individual Junior World Champion to take a place in the TOP 5, which guarantees participation in this year's European Championships. The fans certainly had much higher expectations towards the two other Poles, Kacper Woryna and Krzysztof Kasprzak. Woryna, who fought for the medal a year ago, this time took eighth place in the final classification. It is worth to notice that the rider from Rybnik not even once moved up to the final race of any single round.

The third most efficient nation in TAURON SEC 2020 was Russia. Grigory Laguta scored 56 points and Emil Sayfutdinov, who started in Bydgoszcz as a wild card, added 14 points. Last year's competition was very successful for the older of the Laguta brothers. Grigorij stood on the podium three times (in Bydgoszcz, Rybnik and Gniezno) and 52 points scored in the whole series (56 points including the last chance heats) made him won his second bronze medal in TAURON Speedway Euro Championship history. Andrey Kudryashov, who was the lowest ranked rider among those who had a permanent place in last year's competition, added 21 points to the Russian team's result.

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