KENNETH LOANS DAD TO LASSE
Sunday 29th April 2012, 14:32
Danish star Kenneth Bjerre says his father Ivan Jensen is still a big part of his racing team, despite letting him sit out the FIM Fogo European SGP in Leszno on Saturday.
The Esbjerg-born man sneaked into the semi-finals on countback with eight points, but was unable to mount a push a medal.
It was a marked improvement on his FIM Buckley Systems New Zealand SGP performance, which saw Bjerre leave Auckland with just four points on March 31.
The Peterborough man had a few bike problems in the season opener, but he says they were resolved in time for Leszno.
"My brother needed a bit of advice from my Dad, so he went with him. My Dad is still doing my engines and all my sponsor work."
- Kenneth Bjerre
Bjerre also made a few changes to his pit crew with the normally ever-present Jensen staying at home in Denmark.
But the rider paid tribute to his Dad’s efforts in getting his engines back up to speed and admits his little brother Lasse was in greater need of some fatherly advice.
He said: “He’s going to be back in the Grand Prix again soon, but my little brother was riding on Friday and Saturday in Denmark and he didn’t have any guys. So I let my brother have my Dad. I had some good guys anyway and mechanic-wise, I’m alright.
“My brother needed a bit of advice from my Dad, so he went with him. My Dad is still doing my engines and all my sponsor work. That’s perfect and he’s doing a good job.
“I was happy in Leszno and my Dad has been working hard with the engines. Things are back to normal again. I just need to stop making the mistakes I’ve been making.”
Bjerre produced some lightening starts, but his failure to land an extra point or two in the heats left him with the graveyard outside gate in the semi-finals.
“If I’d got one more point, maybe I’d have got through the semis,” he said. “I have to look into what happened and what I should have done differently.
“It was a tough meeting for everyone. But it was a good meeting and that’s what the fans want to see.”
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