MADSEN'S ADRENALINE RUSH
Leon Madsen admits he was high on adrenaline when he defied his Bydgoszcz horror crash to win the Speedway European Championship opener.
24 / 06 / 2021, 11:00
Danish international Leon Madsen admits he was high on adrenaline when he defied his Bydgoszcz horror crash to win the Speedway European Championship opener.
The FIM Speedway Grand Prix star topped the podium at the Polonia Stadium last Wednesday, despite suffering a knee injury when he crashed hard in the first run of the final after being clattered by fellow countryman Mikkel Michelsen.
Michelsen was excluded from the restart and Madsen picked himself up to launch a frenzied pursuit of Polish star Piotr Pawlicki in the re-run, overhauling him on the last lap for a sensational victory.
It was a race full of adrenaline. I was pumping on adrenaline in that race. I gave it my all and I was fighting for the European Championship.
Madsen pulled out of his next meeting after one ride in Torun two days later and faces a race against time to be fit for SEC round two in Gustrow on Saturday.
This left some asking how he was still able to win the Bydgoszcz final. But he insists an abundance of adrenaline fired him to the top of the box.
He said: “Some people might not understand how you can race the last heat in Bydgoszcz and then not race in Torun. It was the final and I was high on adrenaline. Everything was still warm in my body and the knee.
“It was a race full of adrenaline. I was pumping on adrenaline in that race. I gave it my all and I was fighting for the European Championship.
“I couldn’t hold back the tears after the race because I was in such agony. It was tough for sure – had it been at the beginning of the meeting, I wouldn’t have continued. It was nice to get the win after that crash. I really had to give it my all in that last race.”
Madsen admits he remembers little of tangle with Michelsen. “I almost can’t recall it because it happened that fast,” he said. “It didn’t give me any chance of staying on the bike. I couldn’t do anything. He just took my front wheel and then my leg got twisted in his back wheel very badly.
“That was a tough move from him and it was a bad crash. But luckily nothing more serious happened. I didn’t break any bones or have a concussion or something like that. It could have been a lot worse because it was a high-speed crash.”
Michelsen offered Madsen an immediate apology after the incident, which he repeated in a TV interview. The former world No.2 has no hard feelings against his international team mate.
He said: “It was hard racing from him and he went over the line. But he is a young guy and he was also feeling the pressure. He wants to qualify for the GP. It doesn’t justify the move he made, but he went to me straight after the crash and apologised. It is what it is and there are no hard feelings.”