Maciej Janowski

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Maciej Janowski
Maciej Janowski.jpg
Born (1991-08-06) August 6, 1991 (age 25)
Wrocław, Poland
Nationality  Poland
Current club information
British league Poole Pirates
Polish league Betard Sparta Wrocław
Swedish league Dackarna
Career history
2007-2009 Wrocław (POL)
2016-2018 Dackarna (SWE)
2009 Diedenbergen (GER)
Individual honours
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 GP Champion
2016 Danish GP Champion
Team honours
2008, 2009 Team U-21 World Champion
2009, 2010 Team U-19 European Champion
2007 - silver medal European Club Champions' Cup

Maciej Janowski (born August 6, 1991 in Wrocław, Poland[1]) 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.

His parents are Piotr and Beata. He has two brothers Wojciech and Krzysztof.[1]

Career history[edit]


Janowski passed speedway licence test (Licencja "Ż") on August 7, 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.[2] His fourth meeting was Tournament of Junior National Team Reservs (Turniej zaplecza kadry juniorów). In this meeting he was 4th.[1]

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.


Janowski in Polish SGP.

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.[3] 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.[4]


In 2009 season he rode for Atlas Wrocław (Poland), Rospiggarna Hallstravik (Sweden) and MSC Diedenbergen (Germany).[5] In Sweden he rode in nine matches and scored 4.52 point per match.[6]

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.


Like his Rospiggarna Hallstravik team-mate, Greg Hancock, Janowski moved to Piraterna Motala before a 2010 season.[6]

On 18 August it was announced that Janowski would join the Swindon Robins in the British Elite League for the remainder of the season.

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 December 23, 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 results[edit]

  permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
  rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

Career details[edit]

World Championships[edit]

European Championships[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Retrieved on 2008-07-04.
  2. ^ Retrieved on 2008-07-04.
  3. ^ "Wyniki plebiscytu Tygodnika Żużlowego" (in Polish). 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Kapituła Sportu Żużlowego" (in Polish). 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  5. ^ Świat Żużla, No 1 (77) / 2008, pages 20-21, 68, 74 ISSN 1429-3285
  6. ^ a b "Janowski zawodnikiem Piraterny" (in Polish). 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 

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