MADSEN: MY TIME TO SHINE
Danish racer Leon Madsen insisted now is his time to shine on the world stage as he prepares for Monster Energy SON Race Off 2 tonight.
11 / 05 / 2019, 15:50
Danish racer Leon Madsen insisted now is his time to shine on the world stage as he prepares for Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Race Off 2 in Manchester tonight.
The Czestochowa man links up with Niels-Kristian Iversen and under-21 man Frederik Jakobsen as the Danes face Great Britain, Australia, USA, Latvia, France and Finland.
Madsen comes into this year as the reigning European champion and makes his full-time World Championship debut after being handed an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card.
I am happy I’m here now and not five years ago. Now I feel I come into all this with the right amount of experience and at a good moment in my life.
The 30-year-old has established himself as one of Denmark’s top riders. And while Madsen admits it has taken him longer to get to the top level than some of his rivals, he believes his steady rise has its advantages.
He said: “It has been a long road. It took me a few more years to get to this level than I was planning it would, but I have struggled on the way in my career with a few things like injuries and health issues. But now I am here finally and I always knew I would be here. It was just a matter of time.
“I am happy I’m here now and not five years ago. Now I feel I come into all this with the right amount of experience and at a good moment in my life.
“I feel ready for it and I have good confidence. I’m just in a very good moment in my life. It has all just clicked. If I have some downs in the GP, and I probably will have like everyone else, now I have the experience to know what to do to get back up.”
Madsen is keen to help his country grab one of the three Monster Energy SON Finals spots on offer – ideally by grabbing one of the two automatic places and avoiding the knock-out heats between the sides in third, fourth and fifth.
Madsen said: “In heats like that, anything can happen. Of course we want to try and avoid those heats and go through as one of the two top teams. That’s what we’re here for.
“Of course our goal is to go through to the Finals and everybody expects that. But you still have to do the job.”