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Anders Thomsen Claims First FIM Speedway Grand Prix Win

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Photo of Speedway GP riders Anders Thomsen, Martin and Bartosz Zmarzlik on the podium
Anders Thomsen (C), Martin Vaculik and Bartosz Zmarzlik on the podium.

Danish racer Anders Thomsen celebrated an unforgettable night for Gorzow in style as he stormed to his first-ever FIM Speedway Grand Prix win on Saturday.

Thomsen topped the podium in the 3W FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow at Edward Jancarz Stadium, heading a Stal Gorzow one-two-three with PGE Ekstraliga teammates Martin Vaculik and Bartosz Zmarzlik in front of a lively, 14,000-strong crowd in one of the world’s top track-racing stadiums.

Thomsen was elated with a victory that saw him defeat two riders with two Gorzow wins apiece to their name, as well as Polish star Patryk Dudek, who took fourth place.

“I know that around here they are pretty fast! It’s not so often you see someone beat Bartek on his home track. I have some equipment that is working pretty well at the moment,” Thomsen said.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win the Grand Prix at my home club in Gorzow. I am overwhelmed.

“It was amazing to be on the podium with Bartek and Martin. I know them pretty well. We race together here and we are really good friends. To be in the final together is amazing. I know Bartek flies around here and winning against him is also good for me. I am really happy.”

Thomsen is now seventh in the Speedway GP standings on 49 points – just four short of Vaculik, who is third on 53.

The Vojens rider is now hopeful he can find a consistent run of form after reaching one semi-final in the previous three rounds following his fourth place at the opening event in Croatia.

“One of my goals for this year was to stay in the Grand Prix by staying in the top six and being consistent. I am a little bit disappointed with my start to the season in the Grand Prix. I hope everything turns now.” Thomsen added.

Thomsen marked the biggest victory of his career so far with a celebration that will live long in Gorzow legend as he pulled off his kevlars to take a victory lap in his underwear.

Thomsen admits it isn’t the first time he has celebrated in that style. “Actually the first time I won a Danish Final, I did the same! It was a team final in Munkebo,” Thomsen said. “Me and my friends said we should take off the clothes and do one lap for live TV. So we did that and we appeared on the biggest sports programme in Denmark! I won the big prize for the best celebration on TV!”

Second-placed Martin Vaculik was elated to join two teammates and close friends on the Gorzow rostrum as he celebrated his second podium in three rounds. He said: “What a night for us and for me! I am so happy to see three guys from Stal Gorzow on the podium. It’s amazing.

“We race together every week and we are very good friends. I am very happy also about my performance today. I felt good. I had speed. I collected a lot of points. That’s what I am very pleased about. It was an amazing night for us and I am very pleased with everything,” Vaculik said.

Third-placed Bartosz Zmarzlik extended his Speedway GP World Championship lead to 18 points with his eighth SGP final appearance at the Edward Jancarz Stadium.

“I am very happy about being in the final because that was my plan before this evening,” Zmarzlik said.

“The Gorzow GP can be a very hard for me because everyone wants me to get good results. It can be hard for the head, but sometimes I like it because it gives you more motivation. I am fully focused with my team, and now we are fully focused on the next round.”

The Speedway GP series resumes with the blockbuster FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff on Saturday, August 13 as the Principality Stadium hosts its 20th SGP event, with the FIM SGP2 of Great Britain for the sport’s under-21 stars taking place on Sunday, August 14.

But first, the focus switches to the FIM Speedway of Nations as 15 countries battle it out to become world team champions over four nights of epic racing in Danish seaside city Esbjerg from July 27-30.

3W FIM SPEEDWAY GP OF POLAND – GORZOW SCORES:
1 Anders Thomsen 20 Points
2 Martin Vaculik 18 Points
3 Bartosz Zmarzlik 16 Points
4 Patryk Dudek 14 Points
5 Dan Bewley 12 Points
6 Robert Lambert 11 Points
7 Leon Madsen 10 Points
8 Jason Doyle 9 Points
9 Mikkel Michelsen 8 Points
10 Tai Woffinden 7 Points
11 Jack Holder 6 Points
12 Fredrik Lindgren 5 Points
13 Pawel Przedpelski 4 Points
14 Szymon Wozniak 3 Points
15 Maciej Janowski 2 Points
16 Max Fricke 1 Point
17 Wiktor Jasinski 0 Points
18 Oskar Paluch 0 Points

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:
1 Bartosz Zmarzlik 78 Points
2 Leon Madsen 60 Points
3 Martin Vaculik 53 Points
4 Maciej Janowski 53 Points
5 Fredrik Lindgren 51 Points
6 Tai Woffinden 50 Points
7 Anders Thomsen 49 Points
8 Patryk Dudek 49 Points
9 Robert Lambert 47 Points
10 Jason Doyle 44 Points
11 Dan Bewley 44 Points
12 Mikkel Michelsen 42 Points
13 Max Fricke 33 Points
14 Jack Holder 32 Points
15 Pawel Przedpelski 19 Points
16 Matej Zagar 11 Points
17 Kai Huckenbeck 7 Points
18 Maksym Drabik 4 Points
19 Szymon Wozniak 3 Points
20 Jan Kvech 1 Point

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