Ostrow welcomed Rybnik at home yesterday, in the first leg of the final.
As expected this became a very even meeting from the beginning. Ostrow took the lead after five heats and the meeting kept bouncing back and fourth with Rybnik constantly fighting back and not letting Ostrow get a comfortable lead.
This meant that in the end Ostrow won the meeting, but only by 46-44. Nicolai did what he could to earn Ostrow the win, by scoring paid 12 points in five rides.
“A win is a win, but we would have been better off with a 10+ point lead going into Sunday in Rybnik. The team put up a fight, but unfortunately we had a passenger or two, which you can’t afford against such a strong team. I had such a good start to the meeting and was probably a little too comfortable with my bike setup for the last couple of heats. I had a good look at how the track developed, but didn’t do what was needed. Can’t be too disappointed with paid 12 points in a final.”
Nicolai is riding in the UK today, where Poole are visiting King’s Lynn.