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PEDERSEN: ALL ABOUT THE TEAM AT GRUDZIADZ

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen insists it’s all about teamwork after sealing his return to Grudziadz for 2021.

15 / 11 / 2020, 12:01

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen insists it’s all about teamwork after sealing his return to Grudziadz for 2021.

The Dane made a flying visit to the club on Thursday to sign the annex to next year’s contract. He joins forces with the likes of former world No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak, Kenneth Bjerre and Przemyslaw Pawlicki.

Grudziadz will be without Russian racer Artem Laguta after the triple Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations world champion completed a blockbuster move to Wroclaw.

I want to make sure that we are here for the team, we are here to stay in the Ekstraliga and we are going to do this together.

Nicki Pedersen

Laguta finished second in this year’s PGE Ekstraliga average charts on an impressive 2.479 points per race, but the club still finished second from bottom of the table.

Pedersen, who was 10th in the averages on 2.057, is determined to make sure the whole team delivers the goods and not just one or two riders.

He said: “What I want to put into the Grudziadz team for 2021 is helping us be even stronger together. It was nice to have Laguta; but if he scores 13, 14, 15 points all the time, it doesn’t make a difference if the rest score two, three or four.

“I want to make sure that we are here for the team, we are here to stay in the Ekstraliga and we are going to do this together. That will be my strength, my power and my energy for 2021.”

Pedersen is known to have had run-ins with Kasprzak and Pawlicki previously, but he insists he’s here to help his colleagues after both endured difficult campaigns in 2020.

He said: “I have to look after the boys like Przemyslaw and Krzysztof. They have not had the best times with me over the years. We have had lots of issues together. But I am an experienced rider and I do not need to fight against those guys. There are no enemies.

“I am going to give them all the support I possibly can in 2021. I want to lift them up for the Grudziadz team.”

The former European champion is delighted to spend a second season with the team. He said: “I like Grudziadz. It’s an extremely good club and you couldn’t ask for a better club. They are reliable, honest with you and we talk about situations.”

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