MADSEN: UP FOR THE FIGHT
Danish racer Leon Madsen was only too happy to fight for his ANLAS Czech SGP points in Prague as he went level with Patryk Dudek at the top.
19 / 06 / 2019, 12:58
Danish racer Leon Madsen was only too happy to fight for his ANLAS Czech SGP points in Prague as he went level with Patryk Dudek at the top of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix standings.
Madsen defied a hot and humid night in the Czech capital last Saturday to rack up 14 points – his best haul of SGP 2019 so far.
He notched nine in the heats, before producing a ruthless semi-final ride to go from last to first and reach a third straight final. He then took second place behind Janusz Kolodziej in the medal race to add to his Warsaw win and third spot in Krsko.
I did a lot of passing out there and it was good fun. I fought for my points and scored a lot of them. That’s what’s going to count at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old was elated to keep his 100-percent finals record up. He said: “It was a very tough meeting. But for me it was very good again. I was in the final and on the podium again, so I am very happy.
“I am now leading the World Championship on points with Patryk, so I couldn’t be happier. It’s very nice and I am so excited and pumped about the upcoming rounds.
"I did a lot of passing out there and it was good fun. I fought for my points and scored a lot of them. That’s what’s going to count at the end of the season.
“The team worked very hard in the pits, so big thanks to them. I am very, very happy.”
One of the night’s big talking points came in semi one, when Madsen swooped under Fricke on the second lap, taking the Aussie hard to the back-straight fence.
There was contact between the riders, but the Dane insists he had no intention of putting his rival in trouble as surged into a huge gap on the inside.
He said: “To be honest, I didn’t even see him on the straight before that happened. I went to the fence to close the door, but I didn’t see him until the very last second. I don’t put anyone into the fence.
“It was a tough situation, but just on the limit I think. It was a crazy race that semi-final. I was last out of the first bend and I was thinking ‘oh no! Put your head down and fight.’
“I knew my bike was fast and if I just tried to build up the speed, I knew I could maybe pass the guys in front of me.”
Madsen was one of the most entertaining stars on show at the ANLAS Czech SGP and admits he sacrificed a bike that made fast starts for one capable of producing passes.
“I think I was the guy who made the most passes,” he said. “I feel I had good speed in my bikes, so that’s why I was fighting hard to pass the guys in front of me.
“I didn’t make the best starts. I was not happy with my starts. But you have to choose whether you want a fast bike or a fast start. We went for the fast bikes and I think that was a good decision. It was a good track and we did well.”