MJJ'S SGP AUDITION
Michael Jepsen Jensen is determined to take his chance to shine on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stage as he bids to impress the SGP selectors
17 / 07 / 2014, 13:59
Danish star Michael Jepsen Jensen is determined to take his chance to shine on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stage as he bids to impress the selectors for the 2015 series.
MJJ’s season has been blighted by the ligament damage he suffered to his upper right leg in a pre-season crash.
But he showed his huge potential by reaching the Danish SGP and Mitas British SGP semi-finals after being called up to replace the injured Chris Holder.
The 2012 World Under-21 champ was holding second place in the Cardiff semi, but fell after being caught out by a rut.
Having shown signs of getting back to the form that carried him to Nordic SGP gold at Vojens in 2012, first reserve MJJ is keen make the most of any more SGP opportunities that come his way.
I just want to get into the series. I have to finish off the season in a good way now and that’s my only chance.
Michael Jepsen Jensen
And he hopes to push for either a permanent SGP wild card for 2015 or a GP Challenge wild card for Lonigo in September, where the top three earn places in next season’s series.
He said: “I just want to get into the series. I have to finish off the season in a good way now and that’s my only chance. I’m not in the qualifying rounds because my first Danish Final didn’t go well.
“But I want to show I belong in this game and I think two semis in two meetings isn’t that bad.
“Getting a wild card for the GP Challenge would be quite nice. It would be the nicest way to get into the series, to qualify myself.”
Jepsen Jensen enjoyed his first SGP event outside of Denmark on Saturday and admits he is feeling increasingly comfortable on the big stage.
He said: “This was my first Grand Prix outside Denmark and it was an amazing crowd. It’s the biggest GP. I didn’t feel that big a difference between this and racing at home. It’s all the same people walking around. I’ve been in a few rounds and I’m starting to get to know all the people. I feel at home.”
While some riders may have stayed down after falling in the semi-final and tried to get a place in the re-run, Jepsen Jensen wasted no time in clearing the track to allow the action to continue.
His good sportsmanship won applause from the Cardiff crowd and the rider had no intention of trying to pin the blame on Krzysztof Kasprzak, who dived hard up his inside, but made no contact.
“It was a shame I flipped it in the semi-final, but it happens,” he said. “Krzysztof didn’t touch me and that was the reason I got straight back up. I just hit one of the holes.
“The fall was my own fault and I know there was a little chance to stay down and try and get a re-run. Kasprzak came straight under me. But there was no reason not to stand back up.”