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IVERSEN EYES FOUR ON THE BOUNCE

Smederna's Niels-Kristian Iversen admits there are “pretty high expectations for the club” as they chase an historic four titles in a row.

16 / 03 / 2020, 12:01

Smederna star Niels-Kristian Iversen admits there are “pretty high expectations for the club” as they bid to become the first Elitserien club to win four league titles on the bounce.

Iversen was part of their 2018 championship-winning side, but spent last season away at Piraterna.

He returns to Eskilstuna this summer, where he joins forces with the likes of former SGP star Michael Jepsen Jensen, Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations world champion Gleb Chugunov and former European champion Andzejs Lebedevs.

I think we can do well as a team. The ambition for the club is pretty clear. We’ll have to see what we can do on the track.

Niels-Kristian Iversen

Smederna has claimed the Elitserien crown every year since 2017, becoming only the second side to win three in a row since the competition was launched in 1982 – matching Ornarna’s hat-trick between 1992 and 1994.

As he makes his return for 2020, Iversen knows the club has only one goal in mind. He said: “There are obviously pretty high expectations for the club. They have won it three years in a row, which is pretty incredible really for them to achieve that.

“I was only a part of it for one year in 2018, but hopefully I can help the team again and do my bit. I think we can do well as a team. The ambition for the club is pretty clear. We’ll have to see what we can do on the track.”

One big change for Smederna sees Swedish hero Freddie Lindgren depart after he opted out of the Elitserien to focus on his FIM Speedway Grand Prix and PGE Ekstraliga commitments.

While Iversen accepts losing Lindgren is a shame, he’s still determined to lead the club to success.

NKI said: “He’s the best Swedish rider there is at the moment. It is a bit of a blow for the league that he’s not there. But that’s his decision and we need to respect it – so do the clubs. I can’t say too much about that.

“I’m there now and I want to do well. I know what I want to achieve and that’s the main thing.”

 

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