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MADSEN EYES GOLDEN 2021

Danish racer Leon Madsen is determined to build on his silver success in SGP 2019 as he bids to lift the sport’s biggest prize this season.

27 / 02 / 2021, 12:46

Danish racer Leon Madsen is determined to build on his silver success in SGP 2019 as he bids to lift the sport’s biggest prize this season.

The Czestochowa skipper came within two points of landing the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship in 2019, scoring a 21-point maximum at the final round in Torun to push Bartosz Zmarzlik all the way.

Madsen claimed fifth spot in last season’s series. Despite reaching seven out of eight semi-finals, he converted just two of them into finals.

Soon I will be a father for the second time. It’s one of the biggest things that can happen to you in life. I would also like to try and be world champion and win gold with my Polish club.

Leon Madsen

The Gdynia-based racer is determined to regain the form that saw him reach seven finals in 10 rounds in 2019, as he works to realise his title dream.

Speaking at Czestochowa’s 2021 season launch, the 2018 European champion said: “Last year I didn’t manage to follow up on the good season I had in 2019. But I still managed to be No.5 in the world and stay in the GP. I want to take it a step further and the goal is still to become world champion.

“This year I will do everything I can and prepare as well as possible. Hopefully I can take the next step and become world champion.”

Madsen is also determined to lead Czestochowa into the PGE Ekstraliga play-offs after the club fell just short last season.

The Dane teams up with the likes of SGP rival Freddie Lindgren, Bartosz Smektala, Kacper Woryna, Jonas Jeppesen and Jakub Miskowiak for the club this season.

The 32-year-old last won a Polish title with Tarnow in 2012, and he’s determined to add to it with the Lions, where he has raced since 2017.

He said: “It has been some years since I did it in Tarnow. That was a very big experience and this year I would like to try it again and be world champion also. But it is tough. There are many good riders and teams out there. We all have to perform very well, but I have a feeling we have a very good line-up this year and it’s going to be interesting.

“In the Ekstraliga, all the teams look very strong. That’s why it is the best league in the world. But obviously it looks very promising for Czestochowa.

“It’s sport and anything can happen, but we are going to try and do our best and hopefully we can come back to the play-offs this year. In the play-offs, anything can happen. First you get to the play-offs; then we want to go all the way and try to win the gold.”

It’s an exciting time ahead for Madsen on and off the track as he awaits the birth of his second daughter in the coming days.

He said: “I don’t know if it will be tonight, tomorrow or whenever – it is very close now. We are just waiting and it’s a very exciting moment. Soon I will be a father for the second time. It’s one of the biggest things that can happen to you in life. I would also like to try and be world champion and win gold with my Polish club.”

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