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SGP LINE-UP OF THE DECADE | NICKI PEDERSEN

FIM Speedway Grand Prix fans have chosen their SGP Line-Up of the Decade, and this week we profile triple world champion Nicki Pedersen.

05 / 02 / 2020, 17:27

FIM Speedway Grand Prix fans have chosen their SGP Line-Up of the Decade, and this week we profile triple world champion Nicki Pedersen.

The Dane may have enjoyed his greatest success in the 2000s, but one of the sport’s most colourful characters is always a man who makes his mark when he races on the SGP stage.

After making his SGP debut in 2001, Pedersen stunned title rival Jason Crump to lift the SGP world title for the first time in 2003. He then became only the second back-to-back world champion in SGP history, when he topped the podium in 2007 and 2008.

Pedersen’s 2007 title triumph saw him win four out of 11 SGP rounds and notch a record-equalling 196-point tally – matching Tony Rickardsson’s 2005 total.

The next decade didn’t go too badly either. Despite dropping to 10th place in 2010 and 2011, Pedersen roared back into world title contention in 2012, pushing Chris Holder all the way to the penultimate race of the season in the battle for gold, before being forced to settle for silver.

The great Dane was back on the box in 2014 and 2015, bagging back-to-back bronze medals, and claiming a hat-trick of SGP successes in 2015 – topping the podium in Tampere, Malilla and Torun.

Injury halted his progress for a couple of seasons, with his 2016 campaign ended by a serious crash at the Golden Helmet in Pardubice in September, leaving Pedersen with a broken vertebra in his neck, plus a broken wrist, four broken ribs and concussion.

He returned in 2017, but another fall saw him sidelined after two rounds, forcing him to watch the rest of the year from the sidelines.

Pedersen had no intention of giving up his SGP career and got back on track in 2018. Despite proving he still has the winning touch by topping the Scandinavian SGP podium in Malilla, the Odense-born ace finished 11th in the final standings to exit the series.

With 17 SGP wins, 64 final appearances, 1,972 SGP points and 337 heat wins from 1,019 rides, Pedersen’s place among the series’ greats is secure. But with the four-time FIM Speedway World Cup winner still in fine shape and racing in four different countries, it’s clear he still loves piling up the points.

He may be set to celebrate his 43rd birthday in April, but Pedersen hasn’t totally ruled out adding another chapter to his great SGP story.

 

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