MAX MAN MADSEN INTO CHALLENGE
Leon Madsen made a huge statement of his FIM Speedway Grand Prix ambitions after blitzing into the GP Challenge with a 15- point maximum.
15 / 06 / 2017, 15:42
Danish international Leon Madsen made a huge statement of his FIM Speedway Grand Prix ambitions after blitzing into the GP Challenge with a 15-point maximum in the qualifying semi-final at Olching on Thursday.
Madsen has been in sublime form for Polish Ekstraliga outfit Czestochowa this season and could be on course for his full-time World Championship debut as he heads to Togliatti on August 19, where the top three riders earn full-time SGP spots for next year.
He’s joined by current SGP regular Piotr Pawlicki, who was second on 14, while German ace Martin Smolinski made the most of his wild card after being knocked out in the quarter finals, finishing third to qualify on 10.
He won a run-off for third with former Torun SGP winner Adrian Miedzinski and Slovak SGP star Martin Vaculik, who also tallied 10 to make the Challenge.
German international Kai Huckenbeck and Polish surprise package Mateusz Szczepaniak claimed the final two spots on eight after winning a run-off with Kjærgaard Danish SGP wild card Kenneth Bjerre.
Former SGP star Chris Harris exited the qualifiers on seven, while Peter Ljung and Hans Andersen were also eliminated on six.
The second semi-final takes place at Italian circuit Terenzano on Saturday.
OLCHING SCORES: 1 Leon Madsen 15, 2 Piotr Pawlicki 14, 3 Martin Smolinski 10+3, 4 Adrian Miedzinski 10+2, 5 Martin Vaculik 10+0, 6 Kai Huckenbeck 8+3, 7 Mateusz Szczepaniak 8+2, 8 Kenneth Bjerre 8+1, 9 Chris Harris 7, 10 Peter Ljung 6, 11 Hans Andersen 6, 12 Oliver Berntzon 5, 13 Mikkel Michelsen 4, 14 Maksims Bogdanovs 4, 15 Kjastas Puodzuks 3, 16 Andrey Karpov 2, 17 Erik Riss 0, 18 Rene Deddens 0.