BERNTZON UP FOR HALLSTAVIK TEST
Norrbil Swedish SGP wild card Oliver Berntzon says taking on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix elite holds no fears for him.
06 / 07 / 2019, 10:00
Norrbil Swedish SGP wild card Oliver Berntzon says taking on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix elite holds no fears for him, insisting “I race against them every week and I have beaten them all before.”
The Dackarna man makes his first full SGP appearance in Hallstavik tonight, joining Swedish stars Freddie Lindgren and Antonio Lindback on track.
Berntzon has been in fine form in the Swedish Elitserien this term and is no stranger to facing the sport’s biggest names in league action. He also won a race as a track reserve at the 2018 Betard Scandinavian SGP in Malilla.
I race against them every week and I have beaten them all before. I’m just going to try not to get too nervous about it.
While facing the world’s top 15 riders all on one night is anything but an easy task, Berntzon is relishing the challenge.
He said: “I race against them every week and I have beaten them all before. I’m just going to try not to get too nervous about it.
“I’ll just take it as a normal meeting, go out and do my best in every heat and we’ll see how it goes.
“I’m not going to put any expectations on myself. I’m just going to go out and do my best.”
A big performance from Berntzon could help him on the path to becoming an SGP star of the future.
With Swedish aces like Lindgren, Lindback, Peter Ljung and Andreas Jonsson all over the age of 30, the nation is seeking its next generation of stars to follow them on to the world stage.
Berntzon would love to be one of the riders to step up to the plate. He said: “That would be fantastic. Riders like Freddie and Peter are doing really great right now, but they have been there for many, many years.
“Maybe it’s time for us. We have a few coming up through – Kim Nilsson and Jacob Thorssell too. There are a few coming up, but we are all still one step behind Freddie and Peter I think.
“We need to find that last step to get up to that world-class level before we can take over, so to speak.”