MADSEN LOVING SGP LIFE
Leon Madsen makes no apologies for enjoying FIM Speedway Grand Prix life as he grasps the biggest chance of his career with both hands.
14 / 08 / 2019, 10:00
Danish racer Leon Madsen makes no apologies for enjoying FIM Speedway Grand Prix life as he grasps the biggest chance of his career with both hands.
The European champion was handed a wild card for SGP 2019 following a string of strong seasons in the PGE Ekstraliga, as well as his charge to Speedway European Championship gold last year.
The 30-year-old served as second reserve in the 2013 SGP series, scoring 30 points from five rounds and reaching two semi-finals.
I am just so happy to finally be in the GP. I haven’t been in there for so many years and now I am here and fighting for the championship.
This season has seen him reach four of the first five finals – a record unmatched by his rivals, which puts him level on 61 points with Bartosz Zmarzlik and Emil Sayfutdinov at the World Championship summit.
Madsen hasn’t had an easy week and goes into the Scandinavian SGP this Saturday with an injury to his right ankle following a heavy crash at Czestochowa last Friday. That battle comes on top of a long-standing back problem.
But the Polish-based star is determined to race at the G&B Arena and with his first full SGP season proving so successful, it’s no surprise he is enjoying his time as an SGP star.
He said: “It would be strange for me not to love it and enjoy it. I find it’s better to enjoy it. Your life is short and your career is short.
“Ten years go by so fast and you might regret it if you never tried to enjoy it. So that’s what I have tried to do.
“I am just so happy to finally be in the GP. I haven’t been in there for so many years and now I am here and fighting for the championship.
“I also have a healthy family and a little girl. Life is perfect. I am just enjoying it and I’m focusing on my work.”
Madsen knows how rapidly things can change in the World Championship, especially with the top three deadlocked on points and Martin Vaculik just two behind them on 59.
“I could have also been No.6 because the line-up in the GP is so strong,” he said. “As you can see, we have three guys who are joint leaders. It is very close.”
Despite the standard of competition and his lack of SGP experience compared to his title rivals, Madsen was never planning on merely making up the numbers in the World Championship.
Asked if he expected to be among the leaders at the halfway stage, he said: “I wouldn’t have been surprised if you had told me before the season that I would be leading because I know my ability.
“But still it’s a long way to go – five more meetings and there are over 100 points to fight for. Many things can happen, but it’s better to be at the top at the halfway point than fighting down at the bottom.”