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BERNTZON READY TO LEAD THE LIONS

Swedish racer Oliver Berntzon says he’s ready for the spotlight of being Lejonen’s top rider as he returns to his boyhood club for 2021.

27 / 04 / 2021, 10:00

Swedish racer Oliver Berntzon says he’s ready for the spotlight of being Lejonen’s top rider as he returns to his boyhood club for 2021.

Berntzon last raced for the Gislaved outfit in 2015, before spending two seasons with Vastervik and the last three with Dackarna.

He heads back to the club as a full-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix rider after finishing second at last year’s GP Challenge in Gorican to book his place in SGP 2021.

It has been a few years since I have raced there as a home rider, but I feel I have a better base now to stand on, both as a rider and with my team and equipment.

Oliver Berntzon

While racing for your local side comes with extra pressures in what will be the biggest season of Berntzon’s career to date, it’s a challenge the 27-year-old can’t wait to take on as he heads home.

He said: “It’s the stadium I grew up at. My dad raced there first of all and then he was the coach and trainer there when I was growing up. I was basically living at that stadium.

“It has been a few years since I have raced there as a home rider, but I feel I have a better base now to stand on, both as a rider and with my team and equipment. I feel that’s a big reason why I went back home. I feel more ready to take that pressure of big the top rider in my home team.”

Berntzon teams up with the likes of Robert Lambert, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Jaroslaw Hampel, Rohan Tungate, Kacper Woryna, Mathias Thornblom, Linus Eklof and Casper Henriksson.

Asked if he rates their Bauhaus Elitserien title chances, Berntzon replied: “I would say so. We have a very even team. We are strong at every number.

“We have riders who are not only good on our home track. Most of us can ride all the tracks in Sweden. I think we could do better than people think.”

Berntzon was also unveiled as a signing by Allsvenskan League side Smålänningarna, but he admits he may not appear in Sweden’s second tier.

He said: “That’s just a reserve spot. I spoke with the team there and they had a place over for me. They said they could sign me and if something happens with travel restrictions to Poland and I get stuck in Sweden, I have the option to do some meetings there. The plan is not to race there. But if something happens, I have the opportunity to do it.”

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