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MORE TORUN MAGIC FOR MADSEN?

Danish star Leon Madsen would love for history to repeat itself in Torun as he bids to end SGP 2020 in style on October 2 and 3.

25 / 09 / 2020, 10:25

Danish star Leon Madsen would love for history to repeat itself in Torun as he bids to end SGP 2020 in style on October 2 and 3.

After two semi-final appearances in Prague last weekend, the world No.2 heads to the Marian Rose Motoarena placed fifth in the World Championship on 70 points – putting him 29 short of series leader Bartosz Zmarzlik and 19 behind Tai Woffinden in third place.

Madsen won the 2019 Torun SGP with a 21-point, seven-ride maximum. While he’s well aware that does not guarantee him another huge haul of points, he is hopeful of ending the series on a high.

This year we have two new meetings in Torun. A lot of riders are on fire and I have to do my best to make it happen. But I am up for it and I am going to be as prepared as I can be for those two meetings.

Leon Madsen

He said: “I hope I can produce two good nights there like last year, but it is tough. I had a good meeting last year in Prague too, but that was last year.

“This year we have two new meetings in Torun. A lot of riders are on fire and I have to do my best to make it happen. But I am up for it and I am going to be as prepared as I can be for those two meetings. Hopefully I will do well.

“Prague wasn’t too good; it wasn’t what I wanted. It was a tough weekend and not my weekend. The title chase is of course over, but if I am lucky and have two good meetings in Torun, I might be able to fight for the bronze. It is very difficult. But I will still give it my best and we will see what happens.”

Madsen scored 11 points in last Saturday’s Aztorin SGP round six in Prague and he endured an evening beset with starting offences on the Friday.

The Czestochowa man was warned after rolling at the tapes in his opening race and was then excluded for a similar offence in his second outing. He was then adjudged by referee Craig Ackroyd to have jumped the start again in the semi-final, which saw his night end.

Madsen felt his semi-final exclusion was harsh, but he is determined to learn from a tough night.

He said: “In the semi, I had the difficult gate three and knew I had to do something special to make it.

“I feel I just made a very good start and a lot of people told me the same. Looking at the slow-motion replay, I can’t see that I let go of the clutch before the metal went up. But that was the referee’s decision and there is nothing I can do about it.

“I don’t know what to say about Friday’s starts. I watched a few of them, but I don’t want to say too much.  That’s in the past now and it is what it is. No matter what I say, it won’t change anything. I just have to try and make better starts in the future.”

While Madsen saw his title hopes all but ended in Prague, he had plenty of cause for celebration off the shale last week after announcing that his partner Magda is expecting their second child in March.

“It’s the best thing in life,” he said. “I am very excited and very happy about it. Everything is going well with Mummy and baby, so I am very happy about that. I can’t wait to get another child.”

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