Rising Polish star Maksym Drabik cruised through to the World Under-21 Championship final, with a 15-point maximum, after a fine display in Pardubice.
The Czestochowa-born 19-year-old, who missed much of last season with a broken leg, topped the podium in the semi-final at the Czech track in order to lay down a big statement of intent for the final series.
He joined in the final by last year’s QBE Insurance SGP wildcard Brady Kurtz, who finished a point behind on 14.
Unia Leszno rider Dominik Kubera triumphed in a three-man run-off for third place and one of two final qualifying places. German rider Lukas Fienhage took the final spot ahead of Denmark’s Jonas Jeppesen after the trio finished on 11 points each.
Last year’s finalist Patrick Hansen just missed out on qualification after managing 10 points, including mechanical problems and a retirement while second in Heat 11. He will join Jeppesen in sweating over a posibe wildcard pick from the FIM.
The remaining two semi finals will take place at Terenzano and Eskilstuna on Saturday.
PARDUBICE SCORES: Maksym Drabik 15, Brady Kurtz 14, Dominik Kubera 11+3, Lukas Fienhage 11+2, Jonas Jeppesen 11+1, Patrick Hansen 10, Dmytro Mostowik 8, Dominik Moeser 8, Patrik Mikel 8, Nick Skorja 7, Zdenek Holub 5, Kenny Wennerstam 4, Jake Turner 3, 14 Josef Novak 3, Jan Mihalik 1, Filip Hajek 1, Cristian Zubillaga 0, Pavel Cermak DNR.
*all qualify for the World U21 finals