After an epic wheel-to-wheel battle with Great Britain‘s Robert Lambert, Poland’s Maciej Janowski dived under his Speedway GP rival to snatch the all-important second place behind Australia’s Max Fricke in heat 20 to earn the Poles a record-breaking ninth gold medal.
Poland triumphed on 33 points last Saturday, with Great Britain claiming silver on 31, their best-ever performance in the FIM SWC outside of the UK, with Denmark coming third on 29 points, two ahead of Australia.
Lambert top scored for Great Britain with twelve points and was ably supported by Dan Bewley, who scored nine points, and Tai Woffinden with seven.
Lambert said: “We knew it was going to be much closer today, and I knew I needed to win that last one. Everything was cool; I made the perfect start and I knew if I was second, we would have a run-off. I was fast, I had speed in the bike, but it didn't work. I was just thinking it was another race because I could have ended up losing everything in my head and messing things up.
“I know it's the best GB has done in the World Cup, but we had belief we could come and get a medal and even push to win it. I have to take a moment and move forward. Sometimes you need knock-backs to bounce back stronger.”
Having won 2021 FIM Speedway of Nations gold in Manchester, followed by the FIM SON silver medals in Vojens last year, the Lions have now extended their run in the world’s top two to three straight seasons.
Niterra UK Ltd is a long-time supporter of Speedway via its NGK ignition brand and partners the Great Britain Speedway team.
Becca Knight, Niterra UK Ltd Marketing Manager, added: “The Great Britain team gave everything they had in the final which was a fantastic advert for Speedway. I am sure they will come back even stronger next time.”
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Worldwide: Niterra (formerly NGK SPARK PLUG) is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers. With its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, the company has sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and vehicle electronics technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. At the same time, the company is transforming its organisation and business portfolio in more sustainability-driven directions. Four business fields have been identified for this purpose: Mobility, Medical, Environment & Energy and Communications. With around 16,100 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.8 billion Euros worldwide. Niterra’s EMEA sales represent 27% of this global turnover.
Aftermarket EMEA: Niterra has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts and into the automotive sector in the 1970s. The company is renowned for its outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development. The product portfolio of its NGK Ignition Parts brand comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils, leads & caps. Its NTK Vehicle Electronics brand offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. From its regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany, Niterra serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region, the company has six regional companies and around 840 employees.
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