Young German Norick Blödorn blasted the opposition in the Final of the FIM Speedway Youth Gold Trophy in Rybnik on Sunday. In beautiful sunshine he thrilled the healthy crowd of spectators with an immaculate 15 point maximum to take first place.
Blödorn had already taken full points in his semi-final on Saturday so completed the competition unbeaten by an opponent. The only time that he seemed overawed was when he lifted the huge FIM trophy which seemed almost as big as him as he stood on the podium.
In second place was Stian Vithen Nielsen from Denmark, one point ahead of Norway’s Mathias Pollestad. Speedway legend Erik Gundersen was present and will have been satisfied by the performance of the Danish squad who filled four of the top six places but Sweden who fielded five riders in the final were unable to match the speed of their Scandinavian rivals and rarely looked in contention for a medal place. The organisers had prepared an excellent track and the whole event was a credit to their work. The enthusiasm of the riders was evident by the fact that races were run in rapid succession as the young riders strained to get back onto the race track.
This was a memorable moment for all the finalists but particularly for Blödorn who can look forward to a successful career in track racing if he continues his progress up the speedway ladder.