Bartosz Zmarzlik proved to everyone again that he is the best speedway rider in the world. The Pole won the fourth world championship in his career. But this time it felt different. After the triumph, the 28-year-old revealed that the last few days had been difficult for him.
Only in the last race of the Grand Prix series Bartosz Zmarzlik secured his fourth world championship in his career. The speedway rider had to fight for this triumph to the end, somewhat at his own request, because in Vojens, Denmark, he was disqualified for inappropriate Kevlar.
This day for Bartosz Zmarzlik was different than usual
The Pole was hot on the heels of Fredrik Lindgren, but at the Motoarena in Toruń the Pole showed class, although – as he admitted in an interview for Interia – it was not an ordinary day at work. – For me it was a really different day than usual. For the first time in my career, I had the feeling that I had to do something, not just that I could, he said.
– After Vojens, I really wanted to prove something to myself and others. I’ve been saying all season long that I don’t have to do anything, I just can. This is what I am guided by. For the first time in my life I felt that I simply had to do something to prove many things to myself. After what happened in Vojens, gold tastes a little better. I didn’t want to rub anyone’s nose in the wrong, I wanted to prove something to myself, added the four-time world champion.
Bartosz Zmarzlik: I checked everything 10 times
The events in Denmark had an impact on Zmarzlik’s well-being and psyche. He didn’t want the situation to repeat itself at the most important moment of this season. – I checked 10 times to make sure I had everything because I just didn’t want to let all the other bad circumstances spoil my day. When 7 p.m. came, I knew everything was in my hands, he said
– I feel great. Now my life will be better mentally after Vojens. I don’t want to speculate anymore whether this exclusion was the right decision or not. It was my mistake, my fault. Today I wanted to win and take responsibility on my shoulders, he added.
The last few days were difficult for the 28-year-old, not only because of the disqualification from Vojens. – We’ve had problems recently, and in recent weeks I didn’t feel like I was the fastest, although at the end of the season I was the Bartek I like to be. I won five Grand Prix rounds. I think it’s another very good season, he concluded.