Speedway

Adams doubles up for the first time

Author: Mark Fattore

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Leigh Adams and Family. Photo: Mike Patrick
Leigh Adams celebrated his 90th world speedway start with a commanding victory in the Latvian GP on August 25, trimming Nick Pedersen's lead to 21pts with three rounds remaining in the 2007 title. After finishing second in his opening two rides, the pugnacious Aussie then roared home with five consecutive wins in the round eight battle, including an all-the-way blitz in the final ahead of Pedersen, Tomasz Gollob and Scott Nicholls. Adams, 36, has now won consecutive GPs for the first time in his 12-year world speedway career, and it couldn't have come at a more apt time. The former world junior speedway champion had openly set himself to win two of the last four rounds to maintain the pressure on Pedersen, and he backed up the rhetoric with a masterful display in the southern Latvian city of Daugavpils. "It was another good night and we are still chipping away at Nicki's lead," said Adams. "Everything is going very well at the moment and with three GPs still to go I am still in with a great chance." Adams' domination in Latvia has now vaulted him along to 124pts, while Pedersen has accumulated 145. Both riders have won three GPs each in 2007, although Pedersen has been the more consistent, only failing to qualify for two finals all year. The form guide for the next two rounds in Poland and Slovenia make for interesting reading, with Pedersen, 30, winning both of the events in 2006, while Adams was well out of the picture in both. However, Adams has already turned past form on its head in 2007, and will be doing all he can to become Australia's fifth world speedway champion since 1936. While the arm wrestle between Adams and Pedersen should go all the way to the final round in Germany, the jockeying for third position between reigning world champion Jason Crump, Dane Hans Andersen and American Greg Hancock should be just as cut throat. After never really getting his defence into top gear, Crump has already conceded that a third world title is now beyond reach, but he took a big step towards finishing the year as No. 3 in Latvia. Although he only scored a modest 9pts in his five qualifying rides, 32-year-old Crump still fared better than Hancock and Andersen, who failed to make the semi finals. Andersen now holds onto third by only 3pts (92 to 89) from Crump, while Hancock is labouring on 81 after a series of mechanical glitches, and an associated dip in form, since his second place in Cardiff's round five. If Crump completes the year in third, it will continue his phenomenal run of not finishing off the podium since the year 2000. In the Latvian semi finals, Adams and Gollob were the first riders to progress, at the expense of Crump and Bjarne Pedersen. Then it was Nicki Pedersen and Scott Nicholls who came up trumps in semi No. 2, with Wieslaw Jagus and Andreas Jonsson the riders eliminated. Local wildcard Grigorijs Laguta was unlucky to miss out on a semi final place, after drawing the short straw in a countback with Bjarne Pedersen and Jonsson. The final was an Adams benefit from start to finish, with Gollob briefly holding second position before Nicki Pedersen found a way past. Meanwhile, Nicholls was never in the hunt, but his mid season revival now has in him in eighth position on 63pts, with his sights set on Gollob (70) and countryman Chris Harris (74). Only the top eight riders win automatic entry into next year's world championship. LATVIAN RESULTS
1 Leigh Adams, Australia - 22 (1st in final)
2 Nicki Pedersen, Denmark - 19 (2nd in final)
3 Tomasz Gollob, Poland - 14 (3rd in final)
4 Scott Nicholls, Great Britain - 13 (4th in final)
5 Wieslaw Jagus, Poland - 11
6 Jason Crump, Australia - 10
=7 Grigorijs Laguta, Latvia - 8
=7 Andreas Jonsson, Sweden - 8
=7 Bjarne Pedersen, Denmark - 8
=10 Rune Holta, Poland - 7
=10 Chris Harris, Great Britain - 7

OVERALL STANDINGS (after round eight of 11):
1 Nicki Pedersen - 145
2 Adams - 124
3 Hans Andersen, Denmark - 92
4 Crump - 89
5 Greg Hancock, America - 81
6 Harris - 74
7 Gollob - 70
8 Nicholls - 63
9 Jagus - 61
10 Holta - 55

Next round: Bydgoszcz, Poland, September 8

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