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LATE BLOOMER THORSSELL STILL EYES SGP SPOT

Jacob Thorssell insists he has FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification in his sights, but admitted “I am a bit of a late bloomer I think."

03 / 08 / 2020, 12:54

Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell insists he has FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification in his sights, but admitted “I am a bit of a late bloomer I think.”

The Dackarna man lifted the national title for a second straight season in Malilla last month and has started the delayed 2020 campaign in solid form for Polish First Division side Gdansk.

With Sweden’s SGP duo Freddie Lindgren and Antonio Lindback both in their mid-30s, Thorssell is seen as one of the riders who could follow them on to the World Championship stage one day – and it’s a dream he shares.

I am a bit of a late bloomer I think. It’s a very slow and steady process. I wish I had gone a bit faster, but there have been many hard situations with injuries.

Jacob Thorssell

He said: “The pressure is on! I will do my best to be in that spot in a couple of years – one to three years I hope.”

The 27-year-old admits injuries have badly hampered his hopes of pushing for SGP qualification in recent years.

He said: “I have had a few setbacks with my injuries and stuff like that. Last year I had a broken arm before the season; in 2018 I was riding badly because of my back injury from 2017.

“This year I was ready and keen. I went into the season healthy and with no broken bones. Everything was ready with the bikes. Then the coronavirus came.

“It was very frustrating because I felt great before the season. I felt like I was in a much better place than I have been before with no injuries and no rehabilitation in the winter. I was ready and keen for it. It’s frustrating that racing was put on hold.”

While the likes of Bartosz Zmarzlik, Maciej Janowski, Chris Holder and Darcy Ward all made a huge impact at a young age, riders like Jason Doyle, Leon Madsen, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Lindgren all found their best form in their late 20s and early 30s.

Thorssell is hopeful time is still on his side too. He said: “I am a bit of a late bloomer I think. It’s a very slow and steady process. I wish I had gone a bit faster, but there have been many hard situations with injuries.

“I think that’s the main reason why I have not been better. Hopefully I will be injury-free and stay out of that hospital bed. Then things will be good.”

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