How the Bookies See it
- Latvian GP Winner: Doyle 5/1, Woffinden 6/1, Zmarzlik 7/1, Lindgren 7/1 - Betfred
- World Championship Winner: Doyle 10/3, Woffinden 5/1, Lindgren 6/1, Zmarzlik 10/1 - Coral
Freddie Lindgren claimed victory in the first of the three Polish GP series events and, in doing so, opened up a five point gap at the top of the leaderboard. His early success has surprised more than a few pundits and supporters. In 11 years of competing in the series, he had only previously won one event and it’s more than ten years since he finished with a double-figure average, but here he is with a 16-point average so far. A third successful outing and the doubters may have to take notice.
Closest rival to Lindgren is Jason Doyle. He’s made both finals so far and, with previous experience of the Lokomotiv track, should be a solid bet for at least being in the mix again.
Maciej Janowski finished second in Poland and lies in fourth place in the table. The winner in Latvia when the event was last staged, he suffered a disastrous start this season, posting only three points from his first four rides in Slovenia before finding his form. If track experience is reflected anywhere then he may well be in with a shout.
Slovakian Martin Vaculik followed up his Slovenian GP victory with a place in the final in Poland, but a last place finish combined with an earlier DNF in that meeting means that he’s slipped to six points behind Lindgren. A temporary blip for certain.
The Polish GP suggests that this season has the potential to see changes made in the speedway hierarchy. After all his years of toil, Nicki Pedersen is starting to look out of his depth, and veteran champion Greg Hancock is a long way back in tenth spot, suggesting that the old guard are finally getting caught.
Tai Woffinden has only been edged out in the opening couple of meetings and, along with Jason Doyle, is perhaps the most likely amongst the established GP winners to re-assert themselves very soon.
Patryk Dudek’s DNF in his fourth ride in Poland proved pivotal, seeing the Pole miss out on a semi-final place by one point, so his real form may be masked by his seventh-place finish in Warsaw.
The remaining riders to have competed in Latvia in 2015 are Niels-Kristian Iversen, Chris Holder and Matej Zagar. Holder’s domestic form has been patchy at best, and with Zagar posting only 11 points in the series so far, it’s hard to see track knowledge making enough of a difference for them. Iversen, however, has been unfortunate thus far. Scoring nine points in each of the GP meetings, he has failed at the semi-final hurdle in both events and may yet spring a surprise.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Jason Doyle to win the Latvian Grand Prix
Please note that odds may fluctuate.