IVERSEN: SHOULDER GETTING STRONGER
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen says his shoulder is “improving all the time” as he moves on from the injury issues.
20 / 03 / 2019, 10:00
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen says his shoulder is “improving all the time” as he moves on from the injury issues which hampered his 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The Esbjerg-born ace was unable to contest the final five rounds of SGP 2017 after suffering a broken shoulder in a PGE Ekstraliga match in Gorzow. The problem then slowed his start to 2018, with Iversen taking a short break from racing in late May into early June to undergo further surgery.
That appeared to ease the problem with Iversen storming to second place at the GP Challenge in Landshut in July to book his World Championship return, as well as winning a seventh straight Danish title.
I used to do a little bit more motocross, but I haven’t done that since my accident. I haven’t really felt it was the time for it. I’ve been more focused on keeping fit and not doing anything silly.
Iversen insists he is happy with how the shoulder is progressing.
He said: “It’s improving all the time and it’s not like I need to build it back up because it’s weak. Everything is looking good.
“At this stage everything is moving forward and it will keep moving forward for a long time. I am quite happy with how it is. It is a lot better than when we finished the season last year and it’s something which is improving all the time.”
Iversen admits he took the shoulder issue into account while putting together his pre-season training regime.
He said: “This year I have spent a lot of time on my mountain bike. I used to do a little bit more motocross, but I haven’t done that since my accident. I haven’t really felt it was the time for it. I’ve been more focused on keeping fit and not doing anything silly.
“I have stuck to the mountain bike so far this winter, done a lot of running and also a lot of rehabilitation on my shoulder to make it stronger. I am quite pleased with how my shape is at the moment.”
Iversen knows he is far from alone in training hard for the World Championship as the sport’s top 15 stars put in the work ahead of the series-opening PZM Warsaw SGP on May 18.
He said: “You don’t see anyone on a high level in speedway who doesn’t work hard. Even people who are not at the highest level still work hard for it.
“Everyone has their own fitness regime, their own training and their own way of doing things. Everyone is working hard these days and it’s definitely something that has picked up over the last few years or so. You don’t really see anyone who isn’t in shape.
“I can’t really say I do more than others or not. I just train hard and I know that. I know I’m in good shape and that’s important for me and my preparation.”