Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov believes his World Championship dreams are back on track after winning his first Grand Prix for three and a half years in Bydgoszcz on Saturday night.

Sayfutdinov, who lives in the city, topped the Motorsportwash.com European FIM Speedway Grand Prix podium after overhauling Slovenian hotshot Matej Zagar to win the final, earn 15 points and move up to sixth spot in the overall standings with 21 points after two rounds.

Polish legend Tomasz Gollob, who leads the World Championship with 31 points, was third in his hometown with a score of 16.

Tai Woffinden, meanwhile, did Great Britain proud by finishing fourth and making his maiden appearance in a Grand Prix final. He is fourth in the standings on 23 points – tied with Poland’s Jaroslaw Hampel in third.

Sayfutdinov’s last Grand Prix victory came at the FIM Slovenian GP in Krsko on September 12, 2009. He also triumphed in Prague and Gothenburg on his way to third in the World Championship that year.

But the Salavat-born man’s 2010 campaign was wrecked by injury and he only really started to get back to his best midway through 2012. With all that behind him, Sayfutdinov is hopeful he can stay on the rostrum and reassert his authority on the World Championship race.

 

By John Hipkiss

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