Zibi aiming to be a hit with Witches

IPSWICH Witches' new signing Zbigniew Suchecki arrives at Foxhall Stadium a bit of a mystery man.Only the staunchest of Witches supporters will have heard of the 22-year-old Pole nicknamed Zibi, whose signature completed the Ipswich 2007 team.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Witches' new signing Zbigniew Suchecki arrives at Foxhall Stadium a bit of a mystery man.

Only the staunchest of Witches supporters will have heard of the 22-year-old Pole nicknamed Zibi, whose signature completed the Ipswich 2007 team. But Suchecki confirmed that he wants to quickly become a favourite with the Foxhall faithful.

“Last year was a breakthrough one for me,” said the rider, who played a leading part in Zielona Gora's promotion to the top flight in Poland and averaged over eight riding for Lejonen in the Swedish Second Division.


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“And now I have the confidence to go forward. It is a big move to ride in England and it is the right time in my career to do so.

“I have no fears about the travelling involved in riding in the Elite League and am hoping to make an impact from the start.”

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Talking through interpreter Tom Jablonski, Suchecki gave notice of how he wants to entertain.

He said: “I have a reputation for being explosive from the gate, and this is something I want to bring to Ipswich. My favourite track is any one where there is enough dirt and grip to enable me to fight to the end, and I love riding with team mates who keep their throttles full on.”

Suchecki will arrive in England in time for the Witches press day on March 13, and he has been recently been on a training camp with Zielona Gora where he spent time chopping wood to strengthen his arm muscles.

He picks out former Witch Piotr Protasiewicz and Greg Walasek as two riders he admires for their professionalism and ability, and has his GM engines turned by ace mechanic Otto Weiss.

Suchecki comes to Ipswich with a glowing report from Polish international and former Poole rider Walasek, who rides in the same Zielona Gora side.

“Zibi is a sensible man and he has very good backing,” said Walasek. “He has every chance of making a big name for himself in England.”

Suchecki, who did not ride outside Poland until last year, rode for Gorzow from 2000 to 2002 before joining Zielona Gora in 2003.

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