THOMSEN'S ADRENALINE-FUELLED SEMI CHARGE
Danish champion Anders Thomsen admits he was fuelled by adrenaline as he defied his Prague crashes to reach his first SGP semi-final.
23 / 07 / 2021, 11:48
Danish champion Anders Thomsen admits he was fuelled by adrenaline as he defied his Prague crashes to reach his first FIM Speedway Grand Prix semi-final last Sunday.
Thomsen lines up in Gorzow’s PGE Ekstraliga derby showdown with Zielona Gora at Edward Jancarz Stadium tonight and he will have been grateful for a few days to recover after a painful weekend in Prague.
After scoring four championship points in last Friday’s first round, Thomsen suffered a heavy crash in the opening race of Saturday’s round two when he clashed with Gorzow team mate Martin Vaculik on bend two.
I beat some of the best riders on the day. I beat riders who were in the final. That’s a big clap on the shoulder for me. I am happy with that. It was my first semi-final. We have something to build on and we keep focused.
That meeting was curtailed and Thomsen took full advantage of his chance to shine when the rain stopped on Sunday. Despite crashing in his opener and retiring from the re-run, he racked up eight race points in his next three rides and even a bizarre fall at the start line in heat 20 couldn’t stop him sealing a spot in the semis, before he exited the meeting with nine championship points.
Thomsen’s epic victory over the flying Emil Sayfutdinov and eventual meeting winner Artem Laguta in heat 12 was one of the rides of the weekend as the Dane held on at the front under immense pressure.
While the Odense-born racer admits his knocks left him in some pain after the action had finished, he was pleased to reach his first SGP semi on his debut weekend as an SGP full-timer.
He said: “I am really happy with that. I think the adrenaline took me through the heats. I beat some of the best riders on the day. I beat riders who were in the final. That’s a big clap on the shoulder for me. I am happy with that. It was my first semi-final. We have something to build on and we keep focused. I swapped bikes after the first heat and actually found a pretty good setup. I felt I had the speed.”
Thomsen’s heats ended with the strangest of crashes last Sunday as he looped his bike at the starting tapes.
While that type of incident is rarely seen at World Championship level, Thomsen admits the knocks to his arm on Saturday and Sunday had hampered his ability to control the clutch.
He said: “I hit my elbow pretty hard. I broke my elbow before. I had an operation on it and when you hit something with metal in, it always gets worse.
“I didn’t have too much power in my hand. When I landed on the shoulder and the hand again, my hand was pretty swollen. That’s why I couldn’t really hold the clutch when I was off gate four.
“I flipped the bike and I have never flipped the bike in my life. It might have looked like my first time on the bike, but I really didn’t have enough power to hold the clutch.
“Adrenaline took me through the Grand Prix. When the last heat was finished, I was really feeling bad. It’s not only one place – it’s my shoulder, hand, elbow and ribs. When you land on the shoulder, the back always hurts too.”