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NICKI CHALLENGES DANISH YOUNG GUNS

Danish icon Nicki Pedersen questioned the work rate and desire of his young compatriots and said “they need to take over sooner or later."

01 / 02 / 2018, 11:00

Danish icon Nicki Pedersen questioned the work rate and desire of his young compatriots and insisted “they need to take over sooner or later.”

The 40-year-old is Denmark’s sole full-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix rider for 2018 after Niels-Kristian Iversen missed the qualification cut and was forced to settle for a first reserve berth.

I know I have always done it the hard way. I have never been a talented rider. I knew I had to work hard for it. Maybe people don’t want to work hard enough for it.

Nicki Pedersen

The pair have been the stand-out stars of Danish racing in recent years, with the likes of Peter Kildemand and Michael Jepsen Jensen showing great promise, but struggling to truly establish themselves in the SGP series. Kenneth Bjerre has also been in and out of the series, while riders like Leon Madsen, Mikkel Bech, Mikkel Michelsen and Anders Thomsen are also yet to make the step up.

Pedersen is disappointed none of the nation’s young guns has beaten a path on to the world stage and questioned whether his fellow countrymen want SGP success enough.

“They need to take over sooner or later,” he said. “I have given them the opportunity. Even though I’ve been away from speedway for a year, no-one has taken it. But hopefully someone will get there.

“I know I have always done it the hard way. I have never been a talented rider. I knew I had to work hard for it. Maybe people don’t want to work hard enough for it. I think that’s the key.

“I have never been a natural racer – never, ever in my entire life. I did it my way – step by step, one step at a time.”

 

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