NO PRESSURE FOR WILD CARD THOMSEN
Enea Gorzow SGP wild card Anders Thomsen insists he enters this weekend’s action with “no pressure” as he bids to make an SGP impact.
11 / 09 / 2020, 13:43
Enea Gorzow SGP wild card Anders Thomsen insists he enters this weekend’s action with “no pressure” as he bids to make his mark on the World Championship stage.
Thomsen makes his second FIM Speedway Grand Prix appearance tonight – four years on from his debut as a wild card at the Danish SGP in Horsens in 2016. He comes into the Enea Gorzow SGP in the form of his life after playing a pivotal role in Stal Gorzow’s charge from bottom of the PGE Ekstraliga standings and into the play-off places.
I won’t put my hand up and say I’m going to win the GP, but you never know. The other guys have two wheels on their bikes as well.
Thomsen is currently 15th in the league’s average charts on 1.984 points per race. While the 26-year-old knows topping the podium this weekend will be tough, he sees no reason why he can’t mix it with the best in the world.
He said: “I won’t put my hand up and say I’m going to win the GP, but you never know. The other guys have two wheels on their bikes as well.
“I’ll be coming into the GP with no pressure on. Everybody wants to beat me because it’s about scoring the points at the end. It doesn’t really count for me because I’m only racing two rounds. But of course I want to do a really good job and do the best I can.”
Thomsen comes up against world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik this weekend. The team mates get on well at club level, but they share a history of competing in world championship events.
“I have known Bartosz for many, many years,” he said. “When he was World Under-21 champion in 2015, I was second after him.
“We have raced together and raced against each other for many, many years. As a team mate, he is a great guy – he’s always smiling. When the meeting is on, he is always serious though. I have nothing bad to say about him.”
For some riders used to competing almost every day of the week across Europe, the coronavirus-hit calendar has proved tough to adapt to, with only Poland and Sweden staging league action this summer.
Thomsen only competes for Gorzow, but admits racing once a week has worked out well for him.
“I like to have a life between my speedway meetings,” he said. “I really like being out in nature – fishing and so on. It has been really great for me to have some free time, but of course the coronavirus hasn’t allowed you to do too much.
“I’m the kind of person who takes speedway as a sport. Of course I race the sport with all my heart and I want to be world champion one day for sure. But I have a life next to it. I really like to enjoy my life, have some fun and do what I want. Then I can have the speedway as a job.
“Of course I love it. But maybe it is good for me to only race a few times a week and relax on the other days.”