JAKOBSEN UP FOR POLISH TEST
Danish ace Frederik Jakobsen is ready to take on the Polish challenge as he launches his FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship medal bid.
22 / 06 / 2019, 10:00
Danish star Frederik Jakobsen is ready to take on the Polish challenge as he launches his FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship medal bid in Lublin tonight.
The Dackarna and Fjelsted man has started 2019 in fine form, but faces a firm test against the likes of SGP first reserve Robert Lambert, reigning champion Bartosz Smektala, Maksym Drabik, Dominik Kubera and FIM Speedway of Nations winner Gleb Chugunov.
Jakobsen is one of Denmark’s top young hopefuls and served as their under-21 star at Monster Energy SON Race Off 2 in Manchester on May 11.
You have riders like Drabik, Smektala and Kubera. There are no easy heats on Saturday – that’s for sure. But let’s see if we can keep the Poles back!
In his final year at junior level, he’s keen to make his mark in the three-round series. But he knows beating the Polish contingent on home shale will be no easy task.
The 21-year-old said: “It’s my last year so I am keen to give it a good go. I am keen to take a medal in the World Championship this year.
“Lublin is a track that suits me really well. The Poles have a few juniors from the Ekstraliga in the meeting, and they will be keen to show they can win.
“You have riders like Drabik, Smektala and Kubera. There are no easy heats – that’s for sure. But let’s see if we can keep the Poles back!”
Jakobsen has particularly impressed in Dackarna colours after the Swedish Elitserien signed him as one of the riders to cover for the absent Greg Hancock.
The Fredericia-born man has held his place in the side and played a key role in helping the Malilla men cope without Hancock and Maciej Janowski, who missed a number of matches with shoulder ligament damage.
“Racing against top riders in every single heat doesn’t make it easy,” Jakobsen said. “But it only makes you better as a rider.
“It has been a good opportunity for me to come in, and now they have changed the team around a little bit by putting in (Piotr) Pawlicki. There is still room for me, though, and it’s the perfect solution for me. I am very happy to be there.
“It has been really good. I haven’t raced too much in Poland, but I have raced a lot in Denmark and Sweden.”
Following the World Under-21 opener in Lublin, the series moves to German track Gustrow on September 14 before concluding at Czech track Pardubice on October 4 – the night before the SGP season finale in Torun.
Jakobsen looks forward to getting sideways on both tracks. He said: “I went to Gustrow two weeks ago for the first time for an open meeting. I wanted to practice for the Under-21 World Championship there. It’s quite a nice track. It isn’t really that big, but you can for sure go fast on it.
“It suits me well and Pardubice also. There’s a bit of a gap between the first and second rounds, but hopefully I can do well in all three with no zeros at all.”
Picture: Taylor Lanning