Speedway: Poole Pirates' Polish duo set to learn Speedway World Cup fate

RACE ACE: Shamek Pawlicki

RACE ACE: Shamek Pawlicki

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POOLE Pirates duo Shamek Pawlicki and Maciej Janowski will tomorrow learn whether they have done enough to earn a place in Poland’s Speedway World Cup final side.

National manager Marek Cieslak has named a provisional team that comprises Poole asset Krzysztof Kasprzak, Jaroslaw Hampel, Janusz Kolodziej and Piotr Protasiewicz for the showdown in Bydgoszcz on Saturday, August 2.

Cieslak must name his final quartet following tomorrow’s practice, with Pawlicki and Janowski among those sweating on their involvement.

The omission of 2010 world champion Tomasz Gollob has raised eyebrows in Poland and the Bydgoszcz-born man appears the most likely rider to be added to the four-man team – if indeed a change is made.

However, Pawlicki, Janowski, Adrian Miedzinski, Patryk Dudek and Krzysztof Buczkowski are also vying for a berth.

Event one of the Speedway World Cup will take place in nine days and will see Great Britain clash with Australia, the United States and Italy at the Norfolk Arena.

Meanwhile, Pirates will be without second-stringer Vaclav Milik for Saturday’s Elite League trip to Eastbourne Eagles (7.30pm).

Milik is due to race for the Czech Republic at the Under-21 Speedway World Cup final in Lonigo, Italy.

Pirates are tonight hoping to secure the services of a guest to fill the void, with rider replacement the back-up option.

Eastbourne will be without Mikkel Michelsen, who is set to ride in the same meeting as Milik, while star reserve Lewis Blackbird will miss out due to Premier League commitments with Peterborough.

Former Eagles number one and current Belle Vue rider Scott Nicholls will replace Michelsen, while one-time Poole target Benji Compton will come in for Blackbird.

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