IVERSEN'S GORZOW RETURN
Danish ace Niels-Kristian Iversen is determined to defy a lack of racing at the Edward Jancarz Stadium this season and star in Gorzow.
11 / 09 / 2020, 10:39
Danish ace Niels-Kristian Iversen is determined to defy a lack of racing at the Edward Jancarz Stadium this season and star in this weekend’s Enea Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix rounds.
The Esbjerg-born racer has competed in just ONE of Gorzow’s seven home fixtures this season. He missed their opening home match with Leszno due to a shoulder injury, before suffering a broken hand in his opening race against Lublin on August 9.
While Iversen completed that match, scoring five paid seven points, he sat out Gorzow’s remaining regular-season fixtures at the Edward Jancarz Stadium after undergoing surgery on the hand.
I have done a lot of practice and I feel good on the track. I know it pretty well from the practices and it should be an advantage. But everyone has been there on many occasions.
He hopes to roar back into action for the play-offs, but first he races for World Championship points on his PGE Ekstraliga home track tonight and tomorrow.
While Iversen may have completed just the one meeting at the venue in 2020, he hopes plenty of experience on the track will help him this weekend.
He said: “I have spent a lot of time on the track there this year practising. I have only done one meeting, which was when I broke my hand. I haven’t done much racing there!
“I have done a lot of practice and I feel good on the track. I know it pretty well from the practices and it should be an advantage. But everyone has been there on many occasions and it will be just as difficult as it always is.”
Iversen managed just three championship points at the SGP opener in Wroclaw on Friday, August 28 – his first meeting back after his Gorzow crash. But he raced his way into the weekend, scoring 11 and reaching the semis at the Saturday round.
The Dane has stepped up his racing programme with some meetings for Swedish Elitserien club Indianerna, scoring a 15-point maximum in their trip to Piraterna on Tuesday.
As a rider used to racing in as many as four or five different countries in one week, Iversen is glad to be racing a busier schedule.
He said: “I had an opportunity to go to Indianerna and I just took that. This year has been so strange with so little racing. When I get more meetings now, it will feel like I am doing a lot more.
“Even if it’s nowhere near the same pace I’ve had in previous years, it’s still a lot more than what I have done. That will definitely be to my advantage and I am pretty sure it will reflect on my performances on the track when I get to meetings everywhere.”