IVERSEN: NEED FOR SPEED IN MANCHESTER
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen admits Denmark’s bikes will have to be up to speed if they’re to make their mark in Manchester.
08 / 05 / 2019, 12:45
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen admits Denmark’s bikes will have to be up to speed if they’re to make their mark in Manchester on Saturday.
Iversen joins forces with Leon Madsen and under-21 racer Frederik Jakobsen to take on Great Britain, Australia, USA, Latvia, France and Finland with three countries advancing to the Finals in Togliatti on July 20 and 21.
Having raced in the SGB Premiership for many years prior to 2019, Iversen has experience of the high-speed National Speedway Stadium circuit.
It’s one of the best tracks in the country in my opinion. They did a good job when they built the track a few years ago to create something like that.
The track is famous for producing epic action, but Iversen knows any weaknesses in a rider’s machinery will be exposed.
He said: “It’s one of the best tracks in the country in my opinion. They did a good job when they built the track a few years ago to create something like that. It’s more of a modern-shaped track with a bit more space. That’s what the country needs.
“I have been there a few times now and I was there a few times last year. It’s a track which is fun to ride.
“You need to be fast and you need your equipment to be on point, otherwise you will suffer there. It is a big track and fairly open. There are a lot of lines. If you’re not fast enough, you are definitely very vulnerable to being passed.”
Denmark are among the favourites to take one of the last three places available in Togliatti, where hosts Russia and Race Off 1 qualifiers Sweden, Poland and Germany will line up this summer.
The Danes were one of the dominant nations in the FIM Speedway World Cup era, lifting the Ove Fundin trophy four times.
But with just two riders and an under-21 in the side now, Iversen knows they face more competition from more countries.
He said: “There are some good teams in the tournament and also in our meeting. With it being a pairs event, it will bring more countries into the picture when just two riders have to perform. You don’t need as big a team as you would for the World Cup.”
Asked how he rated Denmark’s title hopes, Iversen was keen to take things one step at a time.
He said: “The first step is always to get to the final – that’s the deal. The Finals are so far away; they’re in July in Russia and a lot of things can happen before then with riders’ form. Getting to the Finals is the aim. I am quite confident we should be able to achieve that quite comfortably.”