Maciej Janowski (born 6 August 1991 in Wrocław, Poland) is a Polish speedway rider who is a member of Poland U-21 and U-19 national teams. He is current Team U-21 World Champion and Team U-19 European Champion.
|Born||6 August 1991|
|Current club information|
|Polish league||Betard Sparta Wrocław|
|Speedway Grand Prix statistics|
|2008, 2010, 2012||U-21 Polish Champion|
|2008, 2009 - silver medals||U-19 European Championship|
|2008||U-21 Silver Helmet Winner|
|2009||U-19 Bronze Helmet Winner|
|2015||Latvian Grand Prix Champion|
|2016, 2017||Danish Denmark Champion|
|2017||British Grand Prix Champion|
|2018||Swedish Grand Prix Champion|
|2019||German Grand Prix Champion|
|2008, 2009||Team U-21 World Champion|
|2009, 2010||Team U-19 European Champion|
|2007 - silver medal||European Club Champions' Cup|
His parents are Piotr and Beata. He has two brothers Wojciech and Krzysztof.
Janowski passed speedway licence test (Licencja "Ż") on 7 August 2007 at 16 years old; 5 days later he rode in his first meeting in Polish Ekstraliga (Wrocław vs Rzeszów 48:42). In his first heat, he beat Rzeszów' rider Andreas Messing from Sweden. His fourth meeting was Tournament of Junior National Team Reservs (Turniej zaplecza kadry juniorów). In this meeting he was 4th.
He has won qualification to U-19 Bronze Helmet Final; Janowski was 13th (he was only 16 years old). With Atlas Wrocław he started in European Club Champions' Cup Final - Janowski scored 5 points, but Atlas was last.
In season 2008 (as 17-year-old) he started in Team U-19 European Championship Final. He was the best rider in Poland team (15 points), but Poland was last on home track (Rawicz). In August he won Individual U-21 Polish Championship in Rybnik. In Individual U-19 European Championship Final he was second; lost to Artur Mroczka from Poland. In September he was the best rider in Poland team and he won Team U-21 World Champion title. He was 2nd in Polish Bronze Helmet Final (U-19). His last honour in this season was winning in Polish Silver Helmet Final (U-21).
He was nominated as 2nd track reserve at Speedway Grand Prix of Poland in Bydgoszcz, but he did not ride any heat. Five weeks later, after re-staged German SGP in Bydgoszcz, Janowski was nominated as first track reserve at 2008 FIM Final Speedway Grand Prix. However, when Niels Kristian Iversen was injured, Janowski replaced him in GP event. He finished 15th and scored one point (0,1,0,0,0), after beating German Martin Smolinski in Heat 8.
Weekly "Tygodnik Żużlowy" (Speedway Weekly) awarded him as Junior of the Year. Speedway Chapter of Main Commission of Speedway Sport (part of the Polish Motor Union) awarded him and Przemysław Pawlicki for one of the best debuts in Polish speedway history.
He qualified for the Individual Polish Championship Final at MotoArena Toruń as a track reserve. Janowski was unsuccessful in defended his Under-21 Polish Champion title in the final he scored 8 points (3,3,R,0,2) and finished eight. He won the Bronze Helmet Final, unofficial U-19 Polish Championship, at his home track in Wrocław. He scored a maximum 15 points and he beat Patryk Dudek, Under-21 Polish Champion. On 25 September he was second in Silver Helmet Final, losing to Grzegorz Zengota by two points.
His team Atlas Wrocław did not compete in the Polish Pairs Junior Championship, therefore he was lent to UKS Żaki Taczanów for this competition only. Janowski scored a maximum 18 points in the final and his pair finished third.
On 11 July Maciej Janowski competed in the Individual U-19 European Championship Final and won the silver medal after winning a run off with Martin Vaculík and Artem Laguta. The gold medal was won by Przemysław Pawlicki. Janowski and Pawlicki were the highest scorer for the Polish team in the Team U-19 European Championship Final on 23 August and Poland won U-19 European Champion title. On 5 September in Gorzów Wielkopolski he scored 13 points for Poland, and the team successfully defended their U-21 World Champion title at Under-21 Speedway World Cup. On 3 October will be started in Individual U-21 World Championship Final.
Maciej won the 2010 Polish Under-21 Championship, held in Toruń, scoring a 15-point maximum.
Maciej is also riding in the U21-World Cup and was 2nd beating the main rival Maksim Bogdanows in Pardubice.
On 23 December 2011 it was announced that Janowski would be racing for Kings Lynn Stars in the 2012 British speedway season, in the Elite League.
Speedway Grand Prix CareerEdit
Janowski made the main roster in 2015, after going through the qualifying round to get in. In that year, he competed in 12 Grand Prix races, had 20 heat wins, made 4 finals, and one Grand Prix win in the Latvian Grand Prix. In 2016, Maciej struggled and raced in 11 Grands Prix, 18 heat wins, and only made one final – that being the only Grand Prix he won, in Prague, Czech Republic. Janowski was 10th in points and got picked to get back into the Grand Prix for the 2017 season.
Speedway World CupEdit
Maciej Janowski raced in both the 2016, and 2017 Speedway World Cup's. In 2016, Janowski struggled majorly and was dropped as captain and did not race in the 2016 final, where teammate Piotr Pawlicki Jr. took his spot as captain and led Poland to the victory. In 2017, he was chosen as captain again and being the oldest on the team at 25. He raced along with 3 other Grand Prix racers: Piotr Pawlicki Jr., Patryk Dudek, and Bartosz Zmarzlik. Maciej did very well and clinched the title for team Poland's back to back championship in his own race against team Sweden's Andreas Jonsson.
Speedway Grand Prix resultsEdit
|permanent speedway rider|
|wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve|
|rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)|
- Individual World Championship (Speedway Grand Prix)
- 2008 - 29th place (1 point)
- Individual U-21 World Championship
- Team U-21 World Championship (Under-21 Speedway World Cup)
- Individual U-19 European Championship
- Team U-19 European Championship
- European Club Champions' Cup
- Individual Polish Championship
- Team Polish Championship (League)
- Individual U-21 Polish Championship
- Polish Pairs Speedway Junior Championship
- Polish Pairs Speedway Championship
- Polish Golden Helmet
- Polish Silver Helmet (U-21)
- Polish Bronze Helmet (U-19)
- www.janowskiracing.com Archived 2009-03-30 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-07-04.
- www.wts.pl. Retrieved on 2008-07-04.
- "Wyniki plebiscytu Tygodnika Żużlowego" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- "Kapituła Sportu Żużlowego" (in Polish). pzm.pl. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- Świat Żużla, No 1 (77) / 2008, pages 20-21, 68, 74 ISSN 1429-3285
- "Janowski zawodnikiem Piraterny" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2009-11-02.