SGP Round 11 – PolandSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 | Fixtures, News
The eleventh and penultimate meeting of the Speedway Grand Prix takes place in Poland this evening at the Marian Rose MotoArena Stadium. It is a venue that Leicester’s Jason Doyle knows well as it is the home of his Polish club, Torun.
Doyle reached his fifth semi-final of the series after picking up another eight points from the qualifying section in Round 10 of the competition in Sweden last Saturday which has maintained his position in the running for automatic qualification for next season’s event.
“Whilst the top three in the championship standings are breaking away there are still plenty of points on the table to race for. Jason is handily placed and is in reach of making up ground on the next two highest scorers above him before the final round in Australia. Of course the two Poole riders, Maciej Janowski and Chris Holder are breathing down his neck so it is becoming quite truncated in that part of the leader-board as to where each will finish in the final reckoning” said the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.
With only the top eight riders with the highest scores at the end of the competition guaranteed a place in next season’s Grand Prix, the next best placed rider behind Doyle, Janowski and Holder is Michael Jepsen Jensen who has amassed 72 points.
“On the face of it all three riders seem secure but it only takes one bad performance and a double figure return from Jensen in Poland for the Dane to place pressure on those above him going into the final round in Melbourne. Janowski is on home soil and will have a partisan crowd willing him on which can be motivating in itself. Whilst Jason will know the best lines around his home circuit so too will Holder who is also a teammate of his at Torun so there won’t be any advantage in track knowledge to draw on there. If Jason can come out of Saturday’s meeting without losing ground and ideally improving on his sixth placed position on the leader-board then I believe the heat will be off to a certain extent as he approaches the finale back home in Australia” added Hemsley.
Current Standings (top eight riders after ten rounds)
Tai Woffinden 143 points
Greg Hancock 118
Nicki Pedersen 105
Niels-Kristian Iversen 95
Matej Zagar 93
Jason Doyle 85
Maciej Janowski 84
Chris Holder 82
Photograph courtesy of Dave Fairbrother taken at SGP Round 9 in Slovenia