Rock Oil rider Matej Žagar thwarted a nasty fall to win the Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland on Saturday night. Racing on his home track Žagar caught another rider's wheel in heat 18, landing awkwardly with his bike nearly clearing a safety fence. Thankfully after being checked out Žagar defied the odds to take the re-run and push for a win. Ultimately claiming his third career SGP win taking him up to 81 Championship points overall.
Fellow Rock rider Tai Woffinden scored a fantastic 18 points over the course of the evening and came third in the final race. Tai is currently leading overall with 109 points in the Championship standings, with clear daylight between him and his nearest rival.
Many of the racers over the evening were keen to send their best wishes to Darcy Ward after sustaining serious spinal damage in Poland last Sunday.
Woffinden had this to say: “I’d also like to send a special message to Darcy, who was watching today. After hearing that crowd tonight, we know there are a lot of people thinking of him and there for him in heart and soul. It’s great to see. We all love him, we’re doing everything we can and we will continue to do that.”
Zagar said: “Speedway can be so cruel and you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I can’t say any words about what happened (to Darcy) last week. All I can say to Darcy is I just wish him luck.”
In the World Championship standings for fellow Rock riders Chris 'Bomber' Harris is currently in 13th place with 39 points and Troy Batchelor is in 12th place one point ahead with 40. The next round of the Speedway FIM World Championship will be held at the Stadion Matije Gubca in Krško, Slovenia on Saturday 12th September.