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ESBJERG & GRINDSTED OPT OUT OF 2020 DANISH LEAGUE

Denmark’s Metal Speedway League hopes to launch its season in August, but both Esbjerg and Grindsted have confirmed they will not race.

11 / 07 / 2020, 11:47

Denmark’s Metal Speedway League hopes to launch its season in August, but both Esbjerg and Grindsted have confirmed they will not come to the tapes.

A statement on the league’s official website revealed that efforts are continuing to launch a condensed season, with attendances capped at 1,000 fans to allow for effective social distancing measures.

The action will resume with five competing clubs – champions Fjelsted, Holsted, Region Varde, Slangerup and Vojens, host club of the Danish SGP which returns to league action for the first time since 2011.

With the current restrictions, we would risk too much in relation to the club's finances, as there would probably be a lot of extra costs associated with taking in smaller groups of spectators.

Lars Guldager Dyhr

There was some good news for last year’s runners-up Esbjerg as skipper Bjarne Pedersen pledged to delay his retirement by a year to race on into 2021.

Director Lars Guldager Dyhr hopes the decision to write off the 2020 season will help the club bounce back in strong shape next term.

He told the club’s official website: “It has not been an easy decision, but we are in a situation where there are still many restrictions on spectators and there are a number of factors that play a part.

“It is necessary to take into account finances and not least health. With the current restrictions, we would risk too much in relation to the club's finances, as there would probably be a lot of extra costs associated with taking in smaller groups of spectators. And we would not be able to deliver the same product to our sponsors, which give us a good and solid foundation to stand on.

“We have spoken with them, and fortunately they have shown great support for us, so they are also on board for 2021.

“Together with other clubs, we have awaited developments, but we have also always had this time as a deadline.

“We miss racing at Granly Speedway Arena, and therefore it is our duty to come back as strong as possible in 2021.

“Of course, all clubs must look at their own situation, and we wish the remaining clubs good luck with the season.”

Pedersen was due to hang up his kevlars at the end of the season, but with the sport in most countries suspended, Pedersen is keen to race on and complete his career with a full campaign, with his farewell meeting scheduled for September also set to be switched to 2021.

Posting on Facebook, he wrote: “I have had a long and good career, and I would like to finish it properly.

“The decision to extend until 2021 has been made in consultation with my family and Esbjerg Vikings.

“We had a great season with a silver medal last year and I’m looking forward to following that up at a club which has supported me in this decision.”

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