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MADSEN: SWAPPING SILVER FOR GOLD?

World No.2 Leon Madsen is determined to swap silver for gold when he launches his FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship bid.

07 / 08 / 2020, 12:21

World No.2 Leon Madsen is determined to swap silver for gold when he launches his FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship bid.

The Dane recently missed out in a last-heat decider with Robert Lambert for the Speedway European Championship crown as the Brit topped the podium to book his place in SGP 2021.

Madsen is now the silver medallist in both the SGP and SEC series, but if given the choice, he knows which one he would rather trade for gold.

I have to perform at my best to win it, but I am up for it and I’ll do everything I can to fight for the championship.

Leon Madsen

He said: “I would prefer to have the silver medal in the European Championship and win the gold in the GP. But there will be 15 other riders in those meetings who are going very well at the moment. It’s a tough competition and there are a lot of riders fighting for the prize.

“I have to perform at my best to win it, but I am up for it and I’ll do everything I can to fight for the championship.”

Madsen paid tribute to new continental champion Lambert as he completed his SEC medal collection. The 2018 European champion, who finished third last year, said: “I now have the bronze, silver and gold medals in the European Championships. It was a great battle for the title. Robert did very well. He kept his head calm and congratulations to him. He deserved it.

“Silver is okay – I’m vice European champion and vice world champion. It’s not so bad after all. I still have the World Championship to fight for this year, so that’s great.”

Madsen gets his SGP title bid underway with the Wroclaw SGP weekend on August 28 and 29 – featuring rounds on both Friday and Saturday night. The action then moves to Gorzow and Prague in September, before the champion is crowned in Torun on October 3.

Last year’s Warsaw, Cardiff and Torun winner is delighted to have a calendar in place and is determined to take advantage of racing three of the rounds on tracks where he reached the rostrum in 2019.

He said: “Obviously it’s nice to know when we are going to race and where. Before, we didn’t know if we were going to race or not. Now we have something to look forward to and prepare for, and I’ll be doing that. Hopefully I can do well in the GP and fight for the World Championship.

“I was on the podium in Torun, Wroclaw and Prague. I’ve been on the podium twice in the European Championship in Torun this year.

“Nothing is guaranteed in the GP. It’s tough, but it’s a positive that I have good experience on those tracks and I will try and take those good memories with me. Hopefully I can do well.

“I am just excited we are going to race the GP series this year. It’s a shortened series, but it’s nice that we’re going to be able to fight for the World Championship. I look forward to racing for the big prize. For sure I will be doing my best to be as fit as possible and fight for the title.”

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