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Zmarzlik becomes Poland‰Ûªs first FIM Speedway Grand Prix double world champion

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Polish hero Bartosz Zmarzlik was elated to join the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series‰Ûª elite club of back-to-back world champions after winning FST Grupa Brokerska Torun SGP round eight on Saturday.

Zmarzlik was crowned Poland‰Ûªs first-ever double world champion when he finished second in semi-final one ‰ÛÒ reaching the final he needed to put the sport‰Ûªs biggest prize beyond Great Britain icon Tai Woffinden and Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren.

Woffinden won a run-off with Lindgren for the silver medal after the pair tied on 117 points, but the season belongs to Zmarzlik, who topped the standings on 133, winning four of this year‰Ûªs eight rounds along the way.

He crowned an epic season with victory in Torun, seeing off fellow countryman Maciej Janowski, Artem Laguta and Lindgren in the final.

Zmarzlik is only the third rider to retain the world title in the SGP era, following in the footsteps of SGP greats.

Tony Rickardsson won successive titles twice in 1998 and 1999 and in 2001 and 2002, while Nicki Pedersen was the last to achieve the feat in 2007 and 2008.

Szczecin-born star Zmarzlik also surpassed the single title wins of Polish legends Tomasz Gollob and Jerzy Szczakiel, with the 25-year-old young enough to add more to his tally. After cementing his place in speedway history, Zmarzlik admitted the magnitude of his achievements hasn‰Ûªt sunk in.

‰ÛÏNow I have followed some big heroes in speedway in winning back-to-back titles ‰ÛÒ Tony Rickardsson and Nicki Pedersen. It‰Ûªs a great feeling and I don‰Ûªt know what to say now. I don‰Ûªt believe it at this moment," Zmarzlik said.

‰ÛÏWow! For me it is an unbelievable night. For the second year, I am No.1 in the world, and that‰Ûªs really nice.

‰ÛÏIt was a really hard day for me mentally. After yesterday and the crash in my second race, I wasn‰Ûªt feeling so good in my body. But what an amazing race I had in the semi-final! I am happy I am a two-time world champion.

‰ÛÏLast season I could not have dreamed of this result. But again I am No.1 and for me it is unbelievable.‰Û
Zmarzlik was elated to add to his title win with victory in FST Grupa Brokerska Torun SGP round eight.

Zmarzlik added: ‰ÛÏWow! What a night for me and the Polish fans! It‰Ûªs unbelievable. I won the final again and that‰Ûªs so nice. I don‰Ûªt know what to say now. I can‰Ûªt believe it at this moment, but maybe soon I will take in what I have done today.‰Û
FST GRUPA BROKERSKA TORUN SGP R8 POINTS:
1 Bartosz Zmarzlik 20 Points
2 Maciej Janowski 18 Points
3 Artem Laguta 16 Points
4 Fredrik Lindgren 14 Points
5 Tai Woffinden 12 Points
6 Jason Doyle 11 Points
7 Leon Madsen 10 Points
8 Emil Sayfutdinov 9 Points
9 Antonio Lindback 8 Points
10 Jack Holder 7 Points
11 Patryk Dudek 6 Points
12 Martin Vaculik 5 Points
13 Max Fricke 4 Points
14 Matej Zagar 3 Points
15 Mikkel Michelsen 2 Points
16 Niels-Kristian Iversen 1 Points
17 Viktor Trofymov 0 Points
18 Igor Kopec-Sobczynski DNR Points

FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:
1 Bartosz Zmarzlik 133 Points
2 Tai Woffinden 117+3 Points
3 Fredrik Lindgren 117+2 Points
4 Maciej Janowski 107 Points
5 Leon Madsen 89 Points
6 Jason Doyle 87 Points
7 Artem Laguta 84 Points
8 Emil Sayfutdinov 81 Points
9 Martin Vaculik 78 Points
10 Max Fricke 64 Points
11 Matej Zagar 46 Points
12 Patryk Dudek 39 Points
13 Niels-Kristian Iversen 32 Points
14 Mikkel Michelsen 32 Points
15 Antonio Lindback 22 Points
16 Gleb Chugunov 16 Points
17 Jack Holder 12 Points
18 Anders Thomsen 10 Points
19 Vaclav Milik 1 Points
20 Eduard Krcmar 1 Points

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