It’s always an exciting time of the year when the first FIM Speedway Grand Prix of the year comes around.
Tai Woffinden launches the defence of his world title in front of 55,000 fans in Warsaw tomorrow evening.
And there’s a second British rider – King’s Lynn’s brilliant youngster Robert Lambert.
The Stadion Narodowy track was successfully installed this week and test races have already taken place.
Woffinden has won three world titles but has never gone back-to-back and this is something he is keen to add to his growing CV.
Lambert comes in as replacement for American icon Greg Hancock who, sadly, is taking a break from racing to be with his wife, who is battling breast cancer.
Lambert must focus on his opportunity – at this stage he doesn’t know how many Grand Prix he will feature in but, quite rightly, Hancock wants to dedicate all his time to his family.
Lambert has nothing to lose. It’s a big opportunity for him, which will be a huge test, particularly with the vast majority of the capacity crowd backing the Polish riders.
If he has his trapping gloves on, then he can be a spoiler I’m sure. The biggest aspect here, though, is his nerves and temperament – he has to be in control and able to make fast starts.
Woffinden, meanwhile, is in sizzling form ahead of the opener. He scored a maximum for his Swedish League club on Tuesday and also started the Polish League season with the lot.
He’s fitter than ever after working with a personal trainer every day during his winter trip to Australia.
He’s the man to catch. It’s unfortunate for Jason Doyle and Maciej Janowski that they have taken nasty knocks in the build-up to this meeting and, even if they ride, I cannot believe they will be fully fit.
Bartosz Zmarzlik will be a threat to Woffinden’s crown. He pushed him hard last year and I expect more of the same.
- I’ll be in the stadium on TV duty for BT Sport and around the world – join us for the first race at 7pm.
Stars aim to sink Pirates in revenge mission
It’s a big spell of racing for King’s Lynn as they return to the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday to face Poole in Premiership Supporters Cup action.
The Poultec Stars are on a revenge mission after their defeat by the Pirates in the Premiership Shield last month.
Team manager Peter Schroeck said: “Poole are always tough, we know that, but we are up for Monday. Whenever we face them it’s always a good match. We’re expecting more of the same.”
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Big guns fail to deliver at Wolves
A late meeting surge from the hosts saw the chance of points slip from King’s Lynn’s grasp at Wolverhampton in the Championship on Monday, writes Chris Milsom.
It was a rare off night for the Poultec Stars’ regular big hitters Robert Lambert and Erik Riss but good nights for Ty Proctor and Michael Palm-Toft in the 51-39 defeat.
Kasper Andersen showed glimpses off what he can do with a score of 5+1 before his meeting was cut short after a nasty tumble in Heat 8 left him nursing a wrist injury.
Proctor used his many years as a Wolves rider to his advantage as he stormed to two heat wins as the Stars kept the meeting close.
But Wolves came on strong at the business end of the meeting with back-to-back maximums in Heats 13 and 14 to seal victory.
Proctor said: “I know 51-39 might not look great but we battled all night.
“After the interval it suited them more and they just got away with it.
“They did a lot of work on the track and it just got away from us.
“Wolves are a good side and later on in the meetings they come on strong.
“We’re working hard and working well as a team though and we’ve still got bigger and better things to come.”
Stars at Wolverhampton:
Lambert 5+1, Kerr 6+1, Proctor 8, Riss 1+1, Jorgensen 4, Palm-Toft 10, Andersen 5+1.