Maciej Janowksi’s win in Denmark continued his bizarrely topsy-turvy season. He has reached the podium every time he has progressed through the heat stages, but where he hasn’t qualified he has been towards the back of the pack, with two six-point finishes the main reason he finds himself not leading the series.
Emil Sayfutdinov finally made some headway last time out. After his disastrous two points in the previous Czech Republic round, the Russian found some consistency, and second place in his first final of the season suggests that his performance in Prague was merely a blip.
Patryk Dudek will be mystified as to how he has yet to add to his opening weekend GP victory. For the third event in a row he qualified for the final with room to spare before failing to deliver the goods, but his consistency finds him sharing the lead in the standings.
Jason Doyle is joint top of the leaderboard and has an unblemished record in as much as he has qualified for every final in the series so far, but in Denmark he was unable to follow up his victory in Denmark as he trailed in last.
Maciej Janowksi’s victory in Denmark was a little unexpected. He won his final four races to claim victory, having failed to win any of his previous twelve and it’s this Jekyll and Hyde inconsistency that makes it hard to predict another victory as the Pole attempts to chase down the leading pair.
Domestically, Chris Holder came in for some criticism after a bizarre meeting between Kings Lynn and Poole last week, in which a number of the home riders appeared to refuse to ride. Whether this will unsettle one of the only GP riders involved in the series remains to be seen.
At the other end of the domestic scale, Matej Zagar has been in fine form, posting a paid maximum last weekend in Sweden for Smederna. As you would expect, with the gap between series events many of the GP stars have found some form on the club front, with Bartosz Zmarzlik, Sayfutdinov, Dudek and Piotr Pawlicki all scoring well in their league outings.
If either of recent years’ dominant pairing, Greg Hancock and Tai Woffinden, are to make a challenge they will need to make it soon as the series approaches half distance. Hancock appeared to have overcome his poor early season form with second place in the Czech event, but a paltry seven last time suggests that the veteran American may now be drifting too far behind. Woffinden meanwhile has been more consistent but has yet to fully spark into life and may well need the noisy Cardiff crowd to spur him on to an unexpected victory.
Cardiff always provides a spectacular atmosphere, and with his affinity for the British public and consistent form thus far, Jason Doyle should emerge with his second series victory of the season.
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