NICKI: ALL TO PLAY FOR
Friday 21st September 2012, 15:53
Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen declared “I’ve got everything to win and nothing to lose” as he tries to hit the World Championship summit in the FIM Dansk Metal Nordic SGP in Vojens on Saturday.
The 36-year-old goes into the meeting third in the Grand Prix standings on 123 points – 11 behind leader Chris Holder.
With a total of 48 World Championship points still to play for in Vojens and the FIM Torun SGP of Poland on October 6, Pedersen still has time to land title No.4.
And with the focus on Holder and Hancock, who has 126 points in second place, Pedersen can’t wait to turn up the heat at the top.
"Iâ€™m still third. Weâ€™re racing for a lot of points and I have everything to gain."
- Nicki Pedersen
He said: “I’m looking forward to it. I think I’ve got everything to win and nothing to lose. The guys who are up there and leading don’t want to throw it away.
“Greg has been leading, but all of a sudden it has slipped away to Chris. There is a lot of movement, but I’m still third. We’re racing for a lot of points and I have everything to gain.”
Pedersen won the World Championship convincingly in 2007 and 2008, but he didn’t lead the standings until after the last round when he claimed his maiden crown in 2003.
Holder hit the top for the first time in his career after finishing second at the FIM Scandinavian SGP in Malilla on September 8. Pedersen believes being in that spot for the first time can be a curse as well as a blessing.
He said: “It’s fantastic to be leading, be young and be in that position. But in a way, it can be a horrible feeling. You’ve got a lot of things going on in your mind all the time. You’re there and you don’t want to give it up. It’s very hard to describe the pressure and the feeling you have in your mind. It’s great, but it’s a horrible feeling in the same way.”
Pedersen hopes to put Holder and Hancock under threat, but he also has Scandinavian SGP winner Tomasz Gollob on his tail. The Pole is just nine points behind in fourth place and will be keen to build on the 21 he bagged in Malilla.
But the Dane isn’t worried about Gollob’s surge. He said: “You never know with some guys. One meeting they’re doing well, the next meeting they’re not doing well.
“If I look at anyone else, I screw myself up. I need to concentrate on myself and do my own business first. If I start predicting how another guy is going to do and how something is going to happen, it doesn’t work for me. I know what’s best for me. That’s concentrating on my own business and my own performance.”
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