IVERSEN LEADS SWEDISH PIRATES COMEBACK
Danish champ Niels-Kristian Iversen is ready to help Piraterna overcome their shock relegation in 2017 as they return to the Elitserien.
15 / 04 / 2019, 11:58
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen is determined to help Piraterna overcome their shock relegation in 2017 and bounce back as they return to the Swedish Elitserien this year.
Despite a side featuring Greg Hancock, Emil Sayfutdinov, Peter Kildemand and Iversen, the Motala men suffered a shock drop into the Allsvenskan League.
With Hancock and Iversen sidelined by injury for around half the season, Pirates endured horrendous luck.
I don’t really think about what happened before. I am there to do a job now and I look forward. I know what I want to achieve. I want to be scoring points and do my job.
NKI is back and determined to help the club make its mark in this year’s competition. While he doesn’t come back with the goal of helping Pirates atone for their tough 2017, he’s determined to make sure they can look to a bright future.
He said: “Obviously I may have been part of the team that got relegated, but I don’t think it was my responsibility more than anyone else. It was just how it was. It didn’t work out. That’s how it is in speedway sometimes.
“I don’t really think about what happened before. I am there to do a job now and I look forward. I know what I want to achieve. I want to be scoring points and do my job. I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to do that.”
Iversen helped Smederna lift their second straight Elitserien title in his season away. While the team-building restrictions forced him out of a club where he was enjoying life, he’s pleased to be back in Motala alongside the likes of Mikkel Michelsen, Linus Sundstrom, Pawel Przedpelski, Daniel Kaczmarek and Kai Huckenbeck.
He said: “They couldn’t fit me in at Smederna. We won the title, but the team was too heavy to fit everybody in. They had to get rid of quite a few riders to make the average limit. I was one of those that had to go.
“I would have been okay to continue there. I was quite happy there. But I’m back in Motala again. It’s a good club and there are some good people there.
“They’re starting afresh. I am quite pleased to be back there and it is looking quite interesting. They have a good new team.”