MADSEN'S PRAGUE EDUCATION
Danish ace Leon Madsen admits his debut appearance in Prague is the chance to gain experience in his quest for World Championship gold.
15 / 06 / 2019, 12:08
Danish ace Leon Madsen admits his debut appearance in Prague tonight is the chance to gain experience in his quest for World Championship gold.
The ANLAS Czech SGP has been part of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix calendar since 1997, so plenty of Madsen’s rivals have vast experience of the legendary Marketa Stadium track.
This is not only Madsen’s first meeting here; it’s his first time in the city of Prague. So he’s determined to make the most of his debut appearance and gain some knowledge that will help him in the years ahead.
Prague is a special event. Many people always speak about Prague, so it’s interesting and I am looking forward to it.
He said: “Prague is a special event. Many people always speak about Prague, so it’s interesting and I am looking forward to it.
“I always say I don’t have to be world champion this year. This year is for me to gather a lot of experience in places like this for the coming years. Hopefully I can then improve next year and the year after.
“I have an experienced team around me, though, and if we can hit the setup quite fast, it could be an interesting evening. I have been watching meetings here on YouTube and I don’t think this track has anything riders don’t like. It looks like a good racing track. We just have to hit the setup as fast as possible.”
An astonishing nine of the last 15 riders to top the ANLAS Czech SGP podium have been crowned world champion in the same season. But the famous Prague omen holds little interest for Madsen.
He said: “What about the other six that won and didn’t become world champion? I don’t believe in superstitions. It has just been luck.”
Madsen may be new to the SGP series, but he has been on fire in the PGE Ekstraliga for a number of years. His form has prompted Czestochowa to extend his contract by three years to the end of 2022.
After his first SGP win in Warsaw and third place in Krsko, the security of a long-term Lions deal is another boost for Dane.
He said: “That’s really great and I am very happy about it. The club wanted me to stay and I wanted to stay. So we decided to do a three-year deal. Nobody has to be worried about anything and that’s good.
“I feel comfortable. I feel at home there. I like everything there, so why change something when you like it?
“In many different sports, they do longer contracts – like in football. So that’s why we decided to do the same and I am happy about it.
“They know what they get from me now and what they will get from me in the future. That’s why they signed me for the next three years.
“It’s a very, very good deal. It’s up there at the top. I don’t see any reason to change.”