IVERSEN PLAYS DOWN PRAGUE SUPERSTITION
Niels-Kristian Iversen played down the significance of the Czech lucky charm as the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars head to Prague.
11 / 06 / 2019, 12:52
Danish racer Niels-Kristian Iversen played down the significance of the Czech lucky charm as the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars head to Prague this Saturday evening.
Winning the ANLAS Czech SGP has become something of a lucky omen for the world’s top riders with an astonishing nine of the last 15 winners at Marketa Stadium going on to lift the World Championship in the same season.
World No.3 Freddie Lindgren was unable to make it 10 last year, while Jason Doyle fell short due to injury when he won there in 2016. But he made up for it in 2017, when he triumphed in Prague before claiming the sport’s top prize in Melbourne.
If I could end up on the podium in Prague, it would be amazing. To get a win would be fantastic really. There are a lot of points to ride for and I just need to build on what I have done.
Iversen would love to top the box this weekend as he bids to build on a strong start to SGP 2019, which has left him fifth in the standings. But he’s not dwelling too much on the superstitions surrounding the longest-running SGP event, which takes place for a 23rd time this Saturday.
He said: “I don’t really look at the omens and who becomes world champion if they win at what track.
“I know it has happened quite a few times in Prague, but it doesn’t happen every year. I just have to go there, focus and try and have a good meeting. If I could end up on the podium in Prague, it would be amazing. To get a win would be fantastic really. There are a lot of points to ride for and I just need to build on what I have done.”
Iversen started the season by notching 14 points as he finished fourth at the Boll Warsaw SGP, before scoring seven to miss out on the Slovenian SGP semis on countback in Krsko on June 1.
After regaining his full-time SGP spot at last summer’s GP Challenge, he’s determined to continue cementing his status in the series.
This year’s GP Challenge finalist added: “I am in fifth position now and the season has started fairly well for me. I am looking to build on that, get to some finals and hopefully some podiums.
“I want to have a really good GP year – that’s definitely where my focus is at the moment. I know what I can do in the GP and I feel that’s where I belong.”