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MICHELSEN RACES TO VOJENS SEC SUCCESS

Danish racer Mikkel Michelsen underlined his rapid progress in 2019 after winning the Speedway European Championship round in Vojens.

10 / 08 / 2019, 19:47

Danish racer Mikkel Michelsen underlined his rapid progress in 2019 after winning the Speedway European Championship round in Vojens on Saturday.

The Lublin star topped the podium ahead of Polish star Kacper Woryna and triple world champion Nicki Pedersen, and is now just four points behind series leader Grigory Laguta going into the title decider in Chorzow on September 28.

The FIM Speedway Grand Prix third reserve earned direct qualification for the final after scoring 12 points in the heats to finish second to Pedersen, who tallied 13.

The former SGP star picked gate one, while Michelsen opted for gate three. And it proved a great decision as he withstood a furious charge from Woryna for the biggest win of his career to date.

Pedersen saw off Michael Jepsen Jensen for third on the night to move on to 33 points. He is also in the running for a second European title after edging within just a point of Laguta, who has 34. Michelsen is on 30, with Bartosz Smektala and Woryna also handily placed on 29.

There will almost certainly be a new champion after 2018 winner Leon Madsen withdrew from the meeting earlier in the day due to the effects of his crash at Czestochowa on Friday, which left him struggling to move his ankle and lift his arm.

He will hope to be fit for the Scandinavian SGP in Malilla next Saturday, as will Antonio Lindback. The Swede crashed out in heat 10 and was taken to hospital for checks, with a broken collarbone suspected.

SPEEDWAY EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Grigory Laguta 34, 2 Nicki Pedersen 33, 3 Mikkel Michelsen 30, 4 Bartosz Smektala 29, 5 Kacper Woryna 29, 6 Michael Jepsen Jensen 27, 7 Leon Madsen 26, 8 Kai Huckenbeck 22, 9 Jaroslaw Hampel 19, 20 Vaclav Milik 17, 11 Antonio Lindback 13, 12 Pawel Przedpelski 13, 13 David Bellego 12, 14 Robert Lambert 12, 15 Adrian Miedzinski 9, 16 Andreas Lyager 7, 17 Frederik Jakobsen 7, 18 Anders Thomsen 6, 19 Jakub Miskowiak 5, 20 Peter Kildemand 3, 21 Kevin Wolbert 2.

VOJENS SCORES: 1 Mikkel Michelsen 15, 2 Kacper Woryna 11, 3 Nicki Pedersen 14, 4 Michael Jepsen Jensen 11, 5 Bartosz Smektala 10, 6 Timo Lahti 9, 7 Kai Huckenbeck 8, 8 Andzejs Lebedevs 8, 9 Andreas Lyager 7, 10 Grigory Laguta 7, 11 Frederik Jakobsen 7, 12 Andrei Kudriashov 5, 13 Vaclav Milik 5, 14 Jaroslaw Hampel 4, 15 Peter Kildemand 3, 16 Pawel Przedpelski 2, 17 Antonio Lindback 0.

 

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