SEC – Final 3:
Kołodziej wins in Łódź
Janusz Kolodziej won the TAURON SEC – Final 3, which was held in Łódź, Poland. Before the grand finale in Pardubice, the Pole is on the lead of the interim classification of the series. Second in the table, Leon Madsen loses only one point.
After two series of starts, Madsen and Woryna were on the lead. The Dane showed a fantastic form and made up for his loss to the leaders. The only one to beat Madsen was Janusz Kołodziej. Thanks to his great performance, the Dane was promoted directly to the final and, equally important, moved to the first place in the interim classification already after the main round in Łódź.
Dudek started equally well as Madsen, taking advantage of Kołodziej’s weaker start of the meeting, and after eight runs of the day he evened out in the standings. Dominik Kubera, who appeared in Łódź as a replacement for Kai Huckenbeck, joined the leaders just from the beginning. The rider started from second place and then crossed the finish line in first place three times.
The 2017 Individual European Champion, Andzejs Lebedevs, was doing well at Moto Arena too. The Latvian mixed victories with third places, which made him finish the main phase on third place.
The beginning of the competition was not easy for Janusz Kołodziej. The Pole approached the tournament as the leader of the classification, but two points scored in two series of starts caused him to lose the advantage raised in the previous rounds. Kołodziej added seven more points to his two and advanced to the last-chance heat as sixth.
Even with intense pain, defending champion Mikkel Michelsen was fighting for every point. The Dane suffered an injury during a track test before Friday’s PGE Ekstraliga match and his performance was in doubt. In Łódź, Michelsen won his first heat, but ultimately finished with six points.
Dudek, Kolodziej, Lebedevs and Woryna competed in an extra heat about the final. The winner was last year’s bronze medallist, who crossed the finish line ahead of Kołodziej. Thanks to this arrangement, the riders from the first three places of the interim classification – Madsen, Kołodziej and Dudek – faced each other in the final. Kubera completed the line-up.
In the final heat of the day, the youngest rider got the best start, but both Kołodziej and Madsen were extremely fast. In the end, Kołodziej overtook Madsen, won the tournament and returned to the lead of the interim classification of the TAURON SEC 2022.