Menu
Card image cap

FIVE FACTS: NIELS-KRISTIAN IVERSEN

SGP Five Facts brings you five things you may not know about the FIM Speedway Grand Prix class of 2017. Today it's Niels- Kristian Iversen.

20 Mar 2017, 16:23

SGP Five Facts brings you five things you may not know about the FIM Speedway Grand Prix class of 2017. Today we feature Niels-Kristian Iversen.

1. The Danish champion made his FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut at the Danish SGP in Copenhagen on June 26, 2004. He reached the semi-finals and scored 13 points in a meeting staged using the old knock-out format.

2. Iversen is a four-time winner of the FIM Speedway World Cup, lifting the title in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014 with the Danish team. He was captain for the last two victories, scoring the points needed to secure gold in last-heat deciders.

3. NKI returned to the SGP series after a four-year break in 2013 and finished third in the World Championship, becoming only the third Dane after Hans Nielsen and Nicki Pedersen to reach the rostrum in the SGP era since 1995.

4. The Esbjerg-born rider is back for 2017 after snatching the eighth and final automatic qualification place by one point at the last round of 2016 in Melbourne. Third place in semi-final two was enough to ensure Iversen didn’t have to face a three-man run-off with Matej Zagar and Maciej Janowski for eighth place.

5. In one of world speedway’s top nations, winning one national title is no easy task. But Iversen has dominated the Danish Championship, winning it five times on the bounce. Another win would see him overtake Erik Gundersen’s record of five wins and draw level with Nielsen on six. But he'd still be one behind Pedersen, who has seven, and only halfway to Ole Olsen’s seemingly unbreakable record of 12.

Card image cap

VACULIK VICTORIOUS ON SGP COMEBACK

Slovak racer Martin Vaculik announced his FIM Speedway Grand Prix return in sensational style after storming to AZTORIN Slovenian SGP glory.

Card image cap

VIDEO: KRSKO HIGHLIGHTS

Relive the best of Martin Vaculik's AZTORIN Slovenian SGP win with our Krsko highlight reel.

Card image cap

VIDEO: SGP TECH TALK - STARTS

In the first of our SGP Tech Talk series, Nigel Pearson and Kelvin Tatum look at the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series' new starting rules.

Card image cap

VIDEO: BEHIND THE SCENES IN KRSKO

SGP pit reporter Amy Dargan goes behind the scenes in Krsko ahead of tonight's AZTORIN Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix.

Card image cap

DOYLE RELISHED RECOVERY CHALLENGE

Aussie ace Jason Doyle admits he has relished the challenge of grafting his way back to full fitness for the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP tonight.

Card image cap

MAGIC MENDED FOR KRSKO OPENER

Polish racer Maciej Janowski insists he’s over his collarbone break, but hopes a lack of race time won’t hamper him in Krsko tonight.

Card image cap

KRSKO TV GUIDE

If you can’t make it to the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP on Saturday, you can still catch the racing live on TV or online.

Card image cap

DUDEK: RACING FOR FUN

Chilled Polish champion Patryk Dudek insisted “the most important thing is having good fun” as he prepares for his full-time SGP debut.