ONE MORE STEP FOR MADSEN
World No.2 Leon Madsen insisted “there is almost only one thing left for me to win, and that is the World Championship”.
08 / 10 / 2019, 12:45
World No.2 Leon Madsen insisted “there is almost only one thing left for me to win, and that is the World Championship” after an unforgettable SGP 2019.
The Danish star raced to an astonishing 21-point maximum at the Revline Torun SGP last Saturday to go within two points of World Championship winner Bartosz Zmarzlik as the Pole held his nerve to seal the sport’s biggest prize.
Madsen’ seven-ride salvo crowned an outstanding 2019 season, which saw him become only the second SGP debutant to reach the world’s top two following Patryk Dudek in 2017.
He also won SGPs in Warsaw and Cardiff to add to his Torun triumph and topped the PGE Ekstraliga averages ahead of Zmarzlik.
When I come back next year, hopefully 100 percent fit, we will have analysed the small mistakes we made and then hopefully we can challenge for the World Championship.
And he did all this despite nursing a disc problem in his back since July as well as damage to his ankle suffered in a crash at Czestochowa on August 9.
Madsen was delighted to surpass his impressive 2018 season, which saw him lift the Speedway European Championship, and admits there is only one step left to take.
He said: “There is almost only one thing left for me to win, and that is the World Championship. That’s what we aim for next.
“I’m the second best speedway rider in the world – nothing I have done before beats that. This is the biggest season of my life and I am going to enjoy it to the full. Then we’ll come back stronger next year.
“I have won the most things I could win. It was a big goal for me to finish No.1 in the Polish Ekstraliga – the hardest league in the world. I have done that.
“Considering the injuries I have had, it hasn’t been easy at all, racing with such big pain in the ankle and back. It just makes me prouder about what I have achieved.
“In the end, there were only two points between me and Bartek. Now I am going to enjoy this and later we are going to analyse the season.
“I did very well, winning the Warsaw GP, the Cardiff GP and Torun with maximum points. I am very, very happy about my season.
“When I come back next year, hopefully 100 percent fit, we will have analysed the small mistakes we made and then hopefully we can challenge for the World Championship.”
Madsen is set to waste no time overcoming his injuries and intends to undergo surgery on his right ankle soon to remove pins that were inserted following a crash in 2005 and have now become loose.
Asked when he plans to go under the knife, he said: “As fast as possible – I have to fix my injuries as fast as possible so I can recover and start preparing for next year.”