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MADSEN: HOLDING FIRM

Leon Madsen insisted “as long as I can sit on the bike and hold it, I am racing” after defying a host of injuries to top the SGP standings.

19 / 08 / 2019, 12:52

Danish star Leon Madsen insisted “as long as I can sit on the bike and hold it, I am racing” after defying a host of injuries to top the FIM Speedway World Championship last Saturday.

The 30-year-old received pain-killing injections to his ankle ahead of Friday’s qualifying session and Saturday’s Scandinavian SGP as he battled with the effects of a crash in Czestochowa on August 9.

Damage to his right foot and shoulder left Madsen up against it in the title race, but he raced to his fifth final in six rounds and 14 points to go six clear of nearest rival Bartosz Zmarzlik at the summit.

I was fighting and I want to fight to the end. This is the World Championship and I am giving it my all. As long as I can sit on the bike and hold it, I am racing.

Leon Madsen

Mercifully for Madsen, he now has just one PGE Ekstraliga match for Czestochowa at Gorzow on Friday.

This should give him time to recover ahead of the AZTORIN German SGP on August 31 as Madsen bids to continue his title challenge in his first full World Championship season.

He said: “It didn’t look good after the practice. I have to say I had such big pain. It just makes the meeting even better – to get away from Malilla and have a six-point lead in the championship is amazing.

“The ankle for sure was not good, but in the end, I was feeling the loss of power in my shoulder. I was struggling to hold the handlebars.

“But I was fighting and I want to fight to the end. This is the World Championship and I am giving it my all. As long as I can sit on the bike and hold it, I am racing. Luckily I managed to fight through the pain and have a good night. I am over the moon and very happy.”

Madsen has a number of rivals in close pursuit, with Zmarzlik second on 69 points and Emil Sayfutdinov and Martin Vaculik on 68.

The Dane insists he knows he has plenty of work to do with four rounds to race. He said: “Of course I am in a good position now, but still it’s a long way to go and there are many points to fight for. Everything can still flip around.

“Luckily I have some time to try and recover a little bit more and get fitter for the next round. I need a day in the ice shower!

“The boys can easily catch me – six points is nothing and that’s why I don’t want to get too excited.

“But a six-point lead is better than being joint leader, so I am happier now. This is the gap I would have liked to create in Wroclaw. I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t get a small gap, so to do it in Malilla makes me very happy.

“It was a very good night for me and I am very relieved it turned out this way and not in a bad way.”

 

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