The consistency of Jason Doyle finally transferred into a GP event victory last time out. Having only four rides in the heat stages, the Aussie still managed to accumulate enough points to make it through to the semi-finals and he held out in the final to claim a victory that seemed unlikely after his first heat absence.
Runner-up was the veteran defending champion Greg Hancock, who had seemed out of sorts in the first three meetings. However, the 46-year-old is all smiles now as he is said to be happy with his machines and his form. He scored only 20 points from his first three events, but nearly doubled that with an 18-point haul in Prague that hints that he’s not ready to give up his crown just yet.
With an unlikely third place for wildcard home rider Vaclav Milik in the Czech Republic, Patryk Dudek failed to make the podium. Such has been the Pole’s consistency across the season that even his zero from the final ride last time out couldn’t stop him leading the championship going into this weekend’s event. Finishing fourth in his semi-final in Poland is his worst result so far this season and there seems no reason why he cannot continue his good form in Denmark.
The fourth instalment in this season’s series was full of exclusions, reserve riders and in-form wild cards, with Peter Kildemand mirroring Milik’s good form, snatching a couple of heat victories on his way to the semi-finals. As a result, none of the event winners from the three previous rounds even made it to the final. Slovakia’s Martin Vaculik finished third in his semi-final and that’s where he sits in the title race as well. A consistent point-scorer, he has actually only won one of his last ten GP rides and needs to start converting his consistency into victories.
Polish GP winner Fredrik Lindgren has added just 11 points in his last two events to the 32 he took from the first two. He needs to return to his early season form if he is to prove that his challenge is a genuine one. Piotr Pawlicki won five straight heats on his way to victory in Latvia, However, he was inconsistent in the Czech Republic, posting only seven points, a score he achieved in the first two events of the season, which suggests that the Latvian GP may have simply been a perfect storm for the Pole.
Last season’s Danish event was won by Maciej Janowski. Having made the final in Poland and Latvia, his six point return last time out was a huge disappointment, and the Casa Arena’s track record holder will feel confident of bouncing back. Last year’s other podium sitters were Chris Holder, who managed a season’s best 11 points in the Czech event despite an early disqualification in the heats, and Tai Woffinden. The Brit missed out on a semi-final spot courtesy of a tapes exclusion, and his misery was compounded by a burglary to his new home whilst his wife was watching the GP event.
One thing’s for sure, Denmark is set to be another cracking event, setting things up perfectly for next month’s meeting in Cardiff, and Dudek should head to Wales with another win under his belt.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Patryk Dudek to win at 7/1
Please note, odds may fluctuate.