THOMSEN'S STEP UP THE LADDER
Danish champ Anders Thomsen is delighted to be “one step closer to getting to the top” following his 2021 FIM Speedway Grand Prix call-up.
20 / 10 / 2020, 12:43
Danish champion Anders Thomsen is delighted to be “one step closer to getting to the top” following his 2021 FIM Speedway Grand Prix call-up.
The Gorzow star was handed a permanent wild card for next year’s World Championship after impressing in the PGE Ekstraliga as his side sensationally charged from the bottom of the table and into the play-off final.
He also landed his first Danish title at Vojens on September 30; just days before the SGP Commission offered him a permanent pick for 2021.
It was a dream come true. I have been working so hard my whole life for that and now I am one step closer to getting to the top.
Thomsen can’t wait for the test ahead and admits he was elated when he received the news.
The 26-year-old said: “FIM race director Phil Morris called me after the Torun SGP and said ‘I have the biggest surprise for you.’ He told me I had got the wild card for the Speedway Grand Prix series.
“It was a dream come true. I have been working so hard my whole life for that and now I am one step closer to getting to the top. I am one year older and I feel now is my time to show that I can be there on the big stage.
“It’s really great for my career to get into the GPs. I know I am racing the best riders in the world. Whenever they are in the GPs, they ride 10 percent better. I am just happy to be there and of course I will do the best I can.”
Thomsen sees no reason why he can’t make his mark against the sport’s elite and push for an SGP win.
He said: “Anything can happen – we saw that with Max Fricke. He won his first GP in Torun this year. Of course I will do all I can to get a win too.
“When next year gets started, anything can happen – the other guys only have two wheels as well. I just need to hit it right on the day.”
Thomsen is no stranger to racing at the highest level in league competition and insists he won’t make too many changes to his team and setup as he gets ready for SGP 2021.
He said: “I have a really great team behind me that’s really supporting me. You need a little bit more equipment and a few more bikes, more tools and more of everything really to compete. I will maybe have one more guy in my team for the GPs.”