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NEW GOALS FOR NICKI

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen pledged “2019 will be full of new goals” after his 18-year unbroken run in the SGP series ended.

07 / 10 / 2018, 21:00

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen pledged “2019 will be full of new goals” after his 18-year unbroken run in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series ended.

The Danish icon fell short of the World Championship’s top eight and missed out on a wild-card pick for SGP 2019.

Pedersen admits today marks the “end of an era”, which has seen him race to three world titles in 2003, 2007 and 2008, 17 SGP wins, 336 SGP heat wins and compete in 1,015 SGP heats.

The Odense-born man paid tribute to those who have supported him throughout his colourful career. And while disappointed to fall short of SGP 2019 qualification, he is determined to look to the future.

Posting on Instagram, he wrote: “My SGP adventure has come to an end. I want to say a big thank you to all the fantastic speedway fans all over the world, all the people around the many SGP tracks who did a fantastic job to make my team and I feel so welcome ... and of course ... the people who helped me during my SGP career. THANK YOU.

“I’m really disappointed right now. But life has taught me when it’s not going your way, it’s up to you to create a new way ... Now it’s time for me to reach out for new goals and I promise you all 2019 will be full of new goals.”

Pedersen’s post was greeted with respect from his rivals, with world champion Jason Doyle posting “legend” and Artem Laguta echoing those sentiments with his “legend Nicki” post.

 

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