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IVERSEN: WHY I TURNED DOWN EKSTRALIGA OFFERS

Seven-time Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen admits he had PGE Ekstraliga offers, but opted for a busier schedule in 2021.

01 / 04 / 2021, 12:54

Seven-time Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen admits he had PGE Ekstraliga offers, but opted for a busier schedule in 2021.

Iversen lines up for Tarnow – his first season in Poland’s First Division for since 2005 – and his arrival has put his new side among the favourites for promotion as he teams up with the likes of Rohan Tungate, Kim Nilsson, Pawel Miesiac, Artur Mroczka, Alexander Woentin, Ernest Koza and Oskar Bober.

The season fell apart in 2020. So my main priority was to get back and race a lot. I wanted to race more than two leagues. For me to regain good shape, I need to race in as many leagues as I possibly can.

Niels-Kristian Iversen

While the move ends Iversen’s 15-year stay in the world’s biggest speedway league for now, he admits Polish restrictions on the number of leagues he can compete in prompted him to drop down.

With First Division stars able to race in two other leagues while Ekstraliga stars can only sign up for one more, Iversen admits his desire to keep busy after a 2020 season blighted by injuries prompted him to join Tarnow.

He said: “I am excited for the new challenge. Obviously it is not the Ekstraliga, but it gives me the opportunity to race in another league.

“If I had raced in the Ekstraliga, I would have been able to do just one other league, which would have been Denmark. I’m riding for Esbjerg there and now I can also ride in Sweden for Indianerna. It suits me quite well.

“It was definitely the right option for me at the time I had to make the decision. I am happy about it and really looking forward to getting started.

“I did have some offers from some Ekstraliga clubs. I had some quite long negotiations to be honest.

“But when the rule came in that we would be limited to one other league at that level, the decision was a lot easier for me to go to Tarnow.

“The season fell apart in 2020. So my main priority was to get back and race a lot. I wanted to race more than two leagues. For me to regain good shape, I need to race in as many leagues as I possibly can. So it was a pretty simple decision when it came to it.”

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