Bartosz Zmarzlik, a three-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion, took to the track onboard Wójcik Racing Team’s Yamaha YZF-R3 for the second time in his career.
The 28-year-old joined the Polish team at the “tor Poznań” circuit during a “Speed Day” track day event, where Wójcik Racing Team has been preparing for the upcoming 24h Spa Motos, round two of the FIM Endurance World Championship.
Zmarzlik completed four 20-minute sessions on Tuesday onboard the team’s Yamaha R3, a training bike of the squad’s junior, 16-year-old Mateusz Molik, who won the opening European Supersport 300 Alpe Adria event at the Slovakiaring two weeks ago.
The Speedway World Champion took to the track under a watchful eye of FIM EWC racer and reigning Polish Superbike Champion Marek Szkopek, with whom he famously swapped bikes for a day back in 2019.
Also in attendance in Poznań were Wójcik Racing Team’s Sheridan Morais and Christoffer Bergman, who both successfully competed their first laps after returning from recent injuries.
Next weekend in Belgium, Morais will share the Wójcik Racing Team’s no. 77 Yamaha R1 with Isaac Vinales and Mathieu Gines, while Bergman will be joined by Danny Webb, Kamil Krzemień and Marek Szkopek on the no. 777 Superstock machine for the 24h Spa Motos race.
“It was great to meet my friends from the Wójcik Racing Team again and do some laps on a circuit that’s quite different to the ones I’m used to, and all under watchful eyes of the FIM EWC riders – says Bartosz Zmarzlik. – I’m really happy to make this dream come through for the second time in my life. A racing bike is completely different to my Speedway bike, with different speeds, grip levels and riding styles, but it’s such a great fun. Massive thanks to Sławek and the entire team for making this happen. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for them during the upcoming FIM Endurance World Championship race in Spa”.
“We are very happy that Bartek joined us at the track again – adds Wójcik Racing Team Manager Sławomir Kubzdyl. – We share the passion for motorcycles and been good friends for many years. Even if the aim of this track day was just for Bartek to have some fun, his professional approach was very motivating and inspiring for our entire team to see. He also impressed us with his pace, confidence, and body position. In some corners he was even braking later than Marek! Our garage doors are always open for him, so I hope we’ll be able to ride together again soon”.