Max Fricke came away from the opening Grand Prix of the season in Warsaw with three points to his name, but the Aussie was cruelly denied a final race win after a fall in his last appearance of the night.
Denmark’s Leon Madsen went on to take the overall victory after a spectacular finale in which Sweden’s Freddie Lindgren made a costly mistake to allow him up the inside and into first position.
Fricke was well on the pace but out of the points until his fifth appearance at the National Stadium in Warsaw, but he caught some unexpected grip coming out of turn four which threw him off his machine.
Speaking after the incident, Fricke said: “It was nice to get out and lead for a couple of laps in that last one but I threw that away. It was all on me. It’s a tough competition and everyone here is the best.
“I’ve battled away and learned from the experience so hopefully I can come back and improve.’
Fricke returns to Manchester on Monday, May 20 for Belle Vue’s Premiership bout with the Swindon Robins at the National Speedway Stadium. Tickets on sale at www.bellevue-speedway.com.