Martin, to third place in the general classification of Speedway European Championships you are losing 11 points at this moment. It's really a lot. Do you think this loss is yet to catch up?
- Hard to say, but I think that probably not. I focus more on the struggle to stay in the series, because the podium rather escaped me.
Swedish champions generally decided the qualification to the final of Elitserien already in the first semi - final match. Elit Vetlanda had a big win over Dackarna on their track 58:32. Two riders who fight for medals of European championships started in the meeting. Hans Andersen replaced Nicki Pedersen and scored 6 points and 3 bonuses. On the other hand, Emil Sayfutdinov scored 9 points and a bonus.
The second place in the general classification of Speedway European Championships series and the loss of nine points to the leader Emil Sayfutdinov. That’s the current situation of Nicki Pedersen, who dreams of a gold medal but would have to probably put away his dreams for next year.
In this year's Speedway European Championships series in each of the finals started three riders: Emil Sayfutdinov, Nicki Pedersen and Antonio Lindbaeck. It is no wonder that it is this trio which has dominated this year's championship. Let’s have a closer look at first of them.
Artem, this season in Speedway European Championships tournaments you scored eight points two times (Torun and Kumla) and once five (Landshut). How would you summarize your starts in this year's European Championships?
- It is certainly not the way I thought it would be. I expected a little better results. I was expecting something different and it is what it is – that’s speedway. But surely I will do everything to stay in the top five.
It is characteristic for Grigory Laguta that he kicks off with the end of the season. Therefore, in the fight for the Individual Championship of Europe from the beginning of the series he has a big problem. In the current season, he can only fight for staying in the series.