MADSEN'S ITALIAN MEDICINE
SGP second reserve Leon Madsen admits reaching the Italian SGP semis was the perfect way to draw a line under his health struggles.
11 / 08 / 2013, 12:30
SGP second reserve Leon Madsen admits reaching the Italian SGP semis was the perfect way to draw a line under the health struggles which have blighted his 2013 season.
The 24-year-old was one of the fastest trappers in Terenzano as he accrued eight points in the heats, before exiting the meeting after finishing fourth behind Tai Woffinden, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Nicki Pedersen in semi-final one.
Madsen, who replaced the injured Andreas Jonsson in Italy, has suffered a nightmare season, which has been ravaged by problems with his thyroid gland, which have sometimes left him bed-ridden, depressed and badly short of his best.
The Danish international was over the moon to exceed expectations at the Motoclub Olimpia and hopes it will mark a turning point in his year professionally and personally.
Some days I haven’t even been able to get out of bed. I’ve been so depressed and it has been tough.
He said: “I think I showed a lot of people that I’m better than what they expect. This season has been bad for me.
"It has not been that bad in the leagues – I have been doing pretty well. But overall, it hasn’t been like I wanted it to be because of my sickness and low metabolism.
“I’ve had tablets for it and I was suffering a lot. I haven’t been available to do any practices. Because of the tablets I’m getting, I gained six kilos.
“Then I had three concussions in May and June within six weeks. So I haven’t been available to do any kind of training. Every time I tried to run, the whole ground was shaking and I still can’t run. I can only sit on the bike. So even racing in Terenzano was pretty tough.
“I’m not in a very good condition. It’s getting better, but Italy was very tough with the heat and everything.”
Madsen hasn’t only struggled on the shale. He added: “It has been really, really hard in my private life for me and my whole family. I’ve been so sick.
“Some days I haven’t even been able to get out of bed. I’ve been so depressed and it has been tough. Luckily, I’ve had my girlfriend to cheer me up and she has been very helpful.
“Many people don’t know how bad I’ve been feeling this year, but it’s getting better. The Italian SGP could be a turning point and I think will be. Hopefully from now on, I’ll be getting better with my health, score some points and not have too many more crashes.”