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NICKI: EVERY POINT COUNTS

Nicki Pedersen defended his last-ditch bid for third place in his Swedish SGP semi on Saturday, declaring “every point is crucial."

19 / 06 / 2014, 11:40

Triple world champ Nicki Pedersen defended his decision to make a last-ditch bid for third place in his Swedish SGP semi on Saturday, declaring “every point is crucial. I needed to go for it.”

The Dane thundered under Zagar on the final turn, sending him sprawling into the air fence. The irate Slovenian confronted Pedersen, striking him on the track and spitting on him in the pits after the meeting, and both riders were fined €600 for ungentlemanly conduct for their altercations.

I had to go for the gap. It was World Championship points we were racing for. Every point is crucial.

Nicki Pedersen

Pedersen’s ruthless move sparked uproar from riders and fans alike.

But the Odense-born racer, who is third in the World Championship on 55 points, felt he had to try and snatch third in the semi, in a competition where every race point counts towards his series total.

He said: “We were racing in a semi-final, I was faster than him, I went for the gap he left me and he fell. Fair play, I had to get excluded, but I still had to go for the gap. For him to react like this … I stayed calm. What can I do?

“I had to go for the gap. It was World Championship points we were racing for. Every point is crucial. I needed to go for it. Of course, I didn’t want to fence him. But it happened.

“When he came over, I tried to hold him away. He wanted to attack me. We can’t have things like this. If I started doing things like this, something would definitely happen. It’s not good for TV.”

Zagar declined to comment on the incident when approached by Speedwaygp.com after the meeting.

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