MJJ SEEKS FLYING STARTS
Saturday 29th September 2012, 11:01
Danish starlet Michael Jepsen Jensen admits he will need to speed up his starts if he is to earn an SGP spot in the GP Challenge at Gorican tonight.
Jepsen Jensen starts the meeting as one of the favourites for qualification following his famous victory in the FIM Dansk Metal Nordic SGP at Vojens last Saturday.
But the rider earned that victory the hard way. He finished with just seven points from his heats and only reached the semis on countback, before working the track beautifully to overhaul triple world champion Nicki Pedersen and win the final.
MJJ knows a missed gate could be costly in a meeting where the top three scorers over 20 heats earn SGP places for 2013.
"Youâ€™ve only got five heats and then youâ€™re either in or out. You could miss out in one heat, crash or the bike could die and then youâ€™re screwed."
- Michael Jepsen Jensen
The Grindsted rider said: “My gating was really bad in Vojens, but I’ll have a little practice and hopefully it will be alright here.
“I think the Challenge is always one of the hardest meetings of the season because everyone wants to go through.
"It’s the end of the season and everyone knows you just have to do the job and get some points.
“Anything can happen. You’ve only got five heats and then you’re either in or out.
"You could miss out in one heat, crash or the bike could die and then you’re screwed.”
Jepsen Jensen has limited experience of the Gorican circuit, but has trained there with the Danish national side in recent years. He is confident he can make passes if his gating fails him.
He said: “The track looked really, really slick in the GPs here, but I think it’s a good race track. I’ve been here a couple of times in the winter, but the track was completely different. That was two years ago now.
“I think it will be alright. It’s a nice track and a nice shape. I’ll just have to go for it.”