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TWO MORE MONTHS OFF FOR NICKI

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen has confirmed he won’t return to the track before the end of September.

09 / 08 / 2017, 13:48

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen has confirmed he won’t return to the track before the end of September.

The Danish star has withdrawn from this weekend’s Teng Tools Swedish SGP in Malilla as he continues to nurse a neck injury suffered in a Danish Speedway League crash in Holsted on May 24.

Pedersen fractured his C7 vertebra for the second time in eight months, with the latest break touching the one he sustained in the Golden Helmet meeting at Pardubice last September.

The rider revealed any further damage could leave his left arm paralysed and in a statement released on his official Facebook page this afternoon, his team confirmed doctors fear the latest break hasn’t healed.

The statement emphasised that the 40-year-old is not making a decision on his long-term future in the sport at this stage and will undergo further examinations in two months.

But Pedersen is reluctantly extending his stay on the sidelines to give the injury a chance to heal.

He said: “There is nothing I’d rather do than get back on to the bike, so I can help my clubs and race in the SGP and SEC series to give my fans and sponsors some great experiences, but I will have to listen to my head instead of my heart in this situation.”

We wish Nicki a very speedy recovery.

The FIM has confirmed his place in Malilla this weekend, Gorzow on August 26 and Teterow on September 9 will be taken by first reserve Peter Kildemand.

 

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