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Speedway: Testimonial star Krzysztof Kasprzak would love Poole Pirates return
PIRATES favourite Krzysztof Kasprzak refused to rule out a more permanent return to Wimborne Road ahead of his testimonial on familiar shale tonight (7.30pm).
The popular Poole asset, 29, left Coventry before the end of their season as a strong year for Kasprzak was tempered by his testing campaign with the Bees.
But the Grand Prix star, who qualified for the 2014 series through the GP Challenge at Poole last month, remains as determined as ever to shine in the UK next year.
Kasprzak’s Elite League average dropped from 8.39 to an inviting 7.97 during his stint at Brandon Stadium.
And after admitting he had enjoyed his best days in Dorset, the man who amassed 1,160 points across 130 appearances in Pirates’ colours would love to return to one of his happiest hunting grounds, having first joined Poole as a teenage rookie a decade ago.
Kasprzak told the Daily Echo: “I don’t know what will happen but if there was a chance to return to Poole, I would always like to take it. I like being there but we will have to see what happens over the winter with averages and everything else.
“There could be other teams that want me and if I did sign a contract with another club then I would, of course, do my best, but I would be very happy if I got the chance to ride at Poole. It has always been a very good club.
“Some of my best memories were from those first years when we (Poole) won the league.
"Being in the team with Tony Rickardsson and Leigh Adams was great for me. They were very good riders and I learned a lot from them.”
On his testimonial, Kasprzak added: “It will be a very good night for me.
“I am very happy to celebrate my 10 years in England with a meeting in what is my English hometown of Poole.
“I spent a lot of time there from the start of my career and I always like to come back.”
Kasprzak’s side will include Przemyslaw Pawlicki, Martin Vaculik and Matej Zagar, while Neil Middleditch’s team features Poole favourites Bjarne Pedersen and Davey Watt as well as current stars Darcy Ward and Tomas H Jonasson.
Meanwhile, Kasprzak thanked Pirates officials Nigel Leahy and Gordon Day as well as sponsor David Adams for their hard work in preparation for the meeting.
Admission is £18 for adults, £15 for OAPs and £5 for children (aged five to 15).
Family tickets (two adults and two children) cost £42.
Middlo’s Pirates: (from) Krzysztof Buczkowski, Tomas H Jonasson, Bjarne Pedersen, Adam Skornicki, Rohan Tungate, Darcy Ward, Davey Watt.
Kris’ Polestars: (from) Damian Balinski, Jakub Jamrog, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Przemyslaw Pawlicki, Martin Vaculik, Matej Zagar (if fit), Grzegorz Zengota.
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