KACPER Woryna admits his debut season in British speedway was very much a year of ups and downs but the young Polish rider is hopeful he has done enough to earn a return to Coventry Bees in 2017, writes Observer speedway reporter Robin Allen.
Woryna’s first season at Brandon was not without incident though, as he was involved in a horrific first bend crash with Rory Schlein at King’s Lynn in April.
The young Pole sustained a severe hand injury which required two operations and a skin graft. It was initially thought that Woryna would be out for up to eight weeks, but remarkably he was absent for only three.
The 20-year-old has become a fans favourite at Brandon with his array of celebrations wheelies and entertaining racing style. And his best performance of the season came in a defeat to Belle Vue in July where he top scored with 11+1.
“It was all about ups and downs and not only my British season but in Poland too,” said Woryna “I know, I need to stabilise my performances, but in each meeting I did, I managed to score more points than my average and that was my aim not to lose silly points.
“Of course I made some mistakes but the tracks were completely new to me. In the second half of the season it was obviously better for me because I knew the tracks and the setups, and it was really good.
“I really enjoyed this year and I am looking forward to race in England again, hopefully at Coventry because I really enjoyed the crowd and people around the club.”
In a remarkable year for the youngster, Woryna was rewarded by his Polish club Rybnik with a wildcard for the Speedway European Championship.
There he proved he was capable of mixing it with some Europe’s best riders after scoring six points which included a win over former Bees rider Przemysław Pawlicki to the delight of the capacity home crowd.
“It was a good experience for me of course, I want to thank everyone involved like OneSport and my home club Rybnik, it was a perfect day for me,” Woryna added.
“I really enjoyed the racing, although it was tough because of the conditions, it was great to race against big riders. The track staff did a great job in getting the track so we were able to race despite the rain overnight and during the day.
“After scoring three point from two rides, I had the best gate in my third race so I thought to myself I have to win it, I made a perfect start and went a little bit wider to block Pawlicki and headed for the grip to get speed and let the bike flow.
“I did not really hear it during the race but I know the crowd went mad shouting and chanting my name, and I really love that. I just wish I could have won more races because I wanted to hear it again.
“I know I am capable of riding at the highest level but you also need a bit of luck along the way to be able to perform the best, but I think people can see I gave a good account of myself.”