The home team took a 16:8 lead and won all four of the first heats with Leon Madsen, junior Jakub Miskowiak and Fredrik Lindgren all won their first heats of their Ekstraliga season at Częstochowa tonight.
But after a shaky start the visitors started to find their lines and mounted a comeback taking three 1:5s and two 2:4 in the next nine heats. That meant that they had passed the home team and lead 36:42 coming into the nomination heats. Emil Sayfutdinov, Jason Doyle and Jaimon Lidsey all took three points in Leszno’s 5:1 victories. However, at this stage it was Janusz Kolodziej who actually lead the team with 10+1.
Could the hosts find there way back into the match and take an unlikely victory?
But With an all SGP line up for heat 15, it was Leszno’s Australia-Poland combo if Doyle and Kolodziej that took the honours 2:4 against the hosts Nordic duo of Madsen and Lindgren.
The current champions will have silenced the doubters with this 41:49 victory whilst Częstochowa will rue a chance to have taken their first win of the season. Only Madsen shone for the team with 14 from 6 rides apart from junior, Miskowiak who took 7 including a Heat victory against former world champion, Doyle in Heat 4.
Leszno will not get any support from their juniors this season but the other five riders made an excellent showing. Kolodziej (13+1), Piotr Pawlicki (10+2) and Doyle (10) and all scored in double figures and Lidsey scored an impressive 8+1 to wipe out the memory of Round 1’s substandard display.