World championship leader Jason Doyle will take a 14-point advantage into the final round of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Melbourne later this month.
The Newcastle 32-year-old, who has 142 points, will now go head-to-head with Poland’s Patryk Dudek (128) for the title on October 28 following Saturday’s results in Torun.
Going into the meeting Doyle, whose dream of a maiden crown ended with a crash at the same track last year, was in front by 22 points overall and then collected 10 courtesy of two heat wins and a semi-final third.
However, Dudek kept himself in contention for the main prize with a breakthrough final win at home and a total of 18 points.
Australian rider Max Fricke’s call up from track reserve was short lived after being knocked unconscious in a fall during heat 15.
Newcastle’s Sam Masters is listed as wildcard for the season-ending competition at Etihad Stadium while Justin Sedgmen and Davey Watt are the two reserves.
LEADERBOARD: Jason Doyle 142, Patryk Dudek 128, Tai Woffinden 115, Maciej Janowski 113, Emil Sayfutdinov 109.