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MADSEN DETERMINED TO DEFY INJURY ISSUES

Leon Madsen admits his injuries are hampering his FIM Speedway Grand Prix world title bid, but pledged to “grit my teeth” in Cardiff.

15 / 09 / 2019, 16:49

Danish international Leon Madsen admits his injuries are hampering his FIM Speedway Grand Prix world title bid, but pledged to “grit my teeth” for the final two rounds.

The Czestochowa star heads to the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff next weekend placed third in the standings and trailing series leader Bartosz Zmarzlik by 11 points.

He was level on points with the Pole going into the last round in Vojens, but exited the Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO with seven prior to the semi-finals.

I have to grit my teeth and try not to think about the injuries. After the next two rounds, I can have a long winter break. Then I can try to heal up and come back stronger next year.

Leon Madsen

Madsen has been battling with a disc problem in his back for over two months now, which he admits is getting worse. He also damaged his ankle when he crashed in a PGE Ekstraliga match on August 9.

But he is determined to fight his way through the final two SGP rounds, starting in Cardiff next weekend, with his season concluding at the REVLINE Torun SGP on October 5.

He said: “I had an injection to block the pain in my back. But I have started feeling it now and the ankle is as sore as hell.

“These are not optimum conditions to race with, but it is what it is and I can’t fix it now. Every time I go on the bike, I irritate the injury in the ankle and it swells up after every race.

“But it is the World Championship and there are only two rounds left. I have to grit my teeth and try not to think about the injuries. After the next two rounds, I can have a long winter break. Then I can try to heal up and come back stronger next year.

“I haven’t been lucky this year. Considering all the bad luck I have had with injuries, I think I can still be satisfied with my performance.”

Madsen admits sluggish starts cost him dearly in Vojens. He said: “It was tough for me. You had to make some really good starts and I didn’t manage to do that. We fought all night with my bikes to try and find a setup for the starts, but it didn’t work out. If you couldn’t start, there was no chance.

“It was tough to pass out there. That’s what I have been good at all season; passing and racing. But I couldn’t do that. We have to work hard on my starts and try and improve them for the future.”

Madsen was still delighted to be back on Danish shale for the first time this season, getting a fantastic welcome from the Vojens crowd.

“It was amazing,” he said. “I am grateful for the reception I had in Vojens from all the fans. It was nice to finally race on Danish ground. It was cool and thanks to all the fans who supported me. Unfortunately I couldn’t give them the result they all wanted, but that’s sport sometimes.”

 

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