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FAMILY TIME BOOSTS IVERSEN

Niels-Kristian Iversen says bringing his family to Gorzow has helped him settle in nicely as he prepares for his PGE Ekstraliga return.

28 / 06 / 2020, 12:28

FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Niels-Kristian Iversen says bringing his family to Gorzow has helped him settle in nicely as he prepares for his first PGE Ekstraliga match of 2020.

The Dane has missed the club’s first two matches after suffering a shoulder injury in a crash with team mate Bartosz Zmarzlik during some training heats at the Edward Jancarz Stadium last month.

Iversen is due to return for the trip to newly-promoted Rybnik today. Given that both sides have lost their opening two matches, Iversen’s presence comes as a huge boost to Gorzow.

So far, what I have been testing in terms of equipment has been working quite well. I feel pretty good on the bike.

Niels-Kristian Iversen

He has spent his recovery in the city, with coronavirus restrictions making it difficult to return to his UK home, where he would be required to quarantine for 14 days on his return.

But NKI has received every support in his rehabilitation from the club and has also been boosted by having wife Laura and their daughter Nicole alongside him for his time away. He paid tribute to Gorzow for helping them make the trip.

He said: “The club was brilliant – I asked about bringing them out here and they said ‘no problem, we will take care of it.’ They have really done everything they could to make life as good for us as possible.

“We don’t have as much living space as we do at home, but that doesn’t really matter. As long as we’re here, we manage and we have our two dogs here. The whole crew is together, which is great! At least we are together and we can spend some time together.

“The club looks after us well. I have a flat, which I can use. During the quarantine we had our meals delivered and everything was quite nicely organised.”

While Iversen would prefer his usual routine of commuting to Poland from his UK home, he admits living in Gorzow certainly has its advantages.

He said: “Obviously it would be nice if we could go back to our own home during this time, but now there is not as much travelling around as there normally is.

“I guess we just need to make the best out of the situation we have. It’s easy to go and practice and that’s what I have done.

“So far, what I have been testing in terms of equipment has been working quite well. I feel pretty good on the bike. It’s just frustrating I couldn’t get on it while I was injured.”

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