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MADSEN EYES DANISH MEDAL

Danish racer Leon Madsen has a Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations medal in his sights on Final Day 2 in Togliatti tonight.

21 / 07 / 2019, 11:49

Danish racer Leon Madsen has a Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations medal in his sights on Final Day 2 in Togliatti tonight.

The World Championship frontrunner raced to 13 points for his country on Saturday night as they claimed fourth place on 19 on the overnight scoreboard – putting them just four behind leaders Australia.

It was a tough night for his partner Niels-Kristian Iversen, who crashed out of their battle with Russia in heat 12. His remaining rides were taken by under-21 star Frederik Jakobsen, who scored a handy four points.

We are there in the mix and still fighting for the championship. That’s important so overall, it wasn’t a bad day on Saturday.

Leon Madsen

Iversen, who tallied two, has confirmed he is sore but ready to race tonight, and Madsen knows the Danes are still very much in the running for their first world team championship podium for four years.

He said: “We are there in the mix and still fighting for the championship. That’s important so overall, it wasn’t a bad day on Saturday. We are fourth, so we’ll give it a go and hopefully we can end up with a medal.

“Everyone is taking points from each other. No-one seems to have pulled away – it’s only four points up to the leaders. Everything is still wide open. It’s a pairs meeting and we both have to do well.

“Now we’ve had two meetings where one of us has been unlucky – I was unlucky in Manchester and Niels was unlucky yesterday. Hopefully we can both score some points tonight. We’ll give it a go, do our best and I think we can fight for a medal.”

Madsen admits some mechanical issues slowed him early on. He added: “I swapped the bike after two or three races. I had some problems with the ignition again and a lack of power.

“I had much better starts again then and I am very happy with the second bike. I am looking forward positively for tonight.”

The SGP wild card was also hampered by a stray steel shoe in his final ride against Britain, working hard to snatch third place ahead of Chris Harris.

He said: “With my last one, I was a bit unlucky. Straight after the tapes went up, I lost my steel shoe. It was hanging off my foot.

“I didn’t know whether to stop or go, so I gave it a go and I was trying to rip it off me so it didn’t go into my back chain. But I managed to pass Harris, so that was another important point. It’s important we don’t get those zeros.”

 

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