BACK IN THE SADDLE
Danish international Bjarne Pedersen refuses to let a heavy Polish crash keep him off track as he prepares for the FIM Swedish SGP in Gothenburg on Saturday night.
The Ryde-born racer took a heavy tumble in heat two of First Division club Gniezno’s 57-33 home win over Ostrow on Sunday after getting a knock from opposing rider Ronnie Jamrozy.
Pedersen crashed hard into the air fence and, despite completing five rides and accruing 10 points, he pulled out of Birmingham’s trip to Peterborough on Monday night and went back to Denmark for tests on suspected shoulder and neck injuries.
X-rays confirmed the Holstebro legend had suffered no broken bones and Pedersen expects to be back on track in Brummies’ home clash with Poole on Thursday.
"All my clubs around Europe need me and I need to do well in the Grand Prix too. Itâ€™s most important for me to get on the bike as quickly as possible and get some form again."
- Bjarne Pedersen
He said: "I just wanted to make sure there was nothing wrong. It’s just how I’d expect to feel after a crash, but it’s going better than I expected.
“It’s only bruises. I only feel it when I move the arm and the shoulder. It doesn’t have the same power as the other one, but that will come in a couple of days and it’ll be back to normal.
“I think it’s all about moving around now and using the arm and shoulder. I want to get back as quickly as possible. All my clubs around Europe need me and I need to do well in the Grand Prix too. It’s most important for me to get on the bike as quickly as possible and get some form again.”
Asked why he completed the meeting in Gniezno after such a serious fall, Pedersen replied: “When you’re warmed up and everything, there’s no problem. When you go back to normal and you cool down, you start to feel it, and especially the day after.”
Pedersen returned to the SGP series this term after finishing second in the GP Challenge at Vetlanda last August. He started his year with a promising seven points in Auckland, but managed just two in Leszno and six in Prague.
The rider puts his drop in scores down to the shocking volume of rained-off meetings across Europe and hopes to run himself back into form as his schedule picks up.
He said: “I feel I’ve had a dip in form, but after New Zealand, I only had six meetings in one month.
“Things were not working out that well and I wasn’t making the best of starts. It was just two or three weeks when I really felt I was struggling. But we’re getting to the bottom of things and I still think I have a lot more to do before I’m really back up there.
“I know the Grand Prix is very hard and the league form needs to be there before you do something in the SGP series. I’m feeling better and better. My form in Poland is back to where it should be.”
Reaching his first semi of the season in the Ullevi Stadium would be a good starting point for Pedersen.
He said: “The semis are what all the riders are going for and so, of course, I hope I have enough points to get in on Saturday.”
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