NICKI: READY TO RACE
Nicki Pedersen insisted “If I say I’m ready to race, then over the years I have proved it” as he raced to a sensational 17 points in Poland.
14 / 04 / 2018, 09:00
Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen insisted “If I say I’m ready to race, then over the years I have proved it” as he continued his comeback with a sensational 17 points in Czestochowa on Friday.
The Dane returned to the shale with a rock-solid 13 points in Tarnow’s win over Zielona Gora last Sunday. And he followed it up in style in the Lions’ den, with only SGP rival Freddie Lindgren getting the better of him in heat 15.
If I say I’m ready to race, then over the years I have proved it. If I say I’m ready, then I have been ready.
These results come an incredible 11 months after his last league meeting at Danish club Holsted on May 24, 2017, which saw him fracture a vertebra in his neck, sidelining him for the rest of last season.
Pedersen fractured the same vertebra in a crash at the Golden Helmet meeting in Pardubice in September 2016 and with doctors concerned the rider could be left partially paralysed if he suffered another fall, some feared the 41-year-old’s racing days were numbered.
But Pedersen insists he was always confident he could deliver on his return to the sport.
He said: “In my eyes and experience, I have never really been worried. There were a few concerns and I knew stuff had to heal up properly. As soon as everything was fixed, I got back on the bike.
“I knew I hadn’t forgotten how to ride my bike. As long as I had the right setup and good equipment, we were back in business.
“A lot of people thought I was finished and this and that. I wouldn’t say I’m surprised, but I got the wild card for the GP and the clubs in Poland were very interested in signing me.
“If I say I’m ready to race, then over the years I have proved it. If I say I’m ready, then I have been ready.
“There haven’t been any arguments or doubts. If I have said something, they know I mean it seriously. It takes some years to get that kind of respect. But clubs have known me for some years and if I say I’m ready, they know I’m ready.”