HANS' FINAL STAND
Danish racer Hans Andersen refuses to give up on his World Championship dream and plans to save his season at the FIM Torun SGP of Poland.
03 / 10 / 2012, 11:56
Danish racer Hans Andersen refuses to give up on his World Championship dream and hopes an heroic night at the FIM Torun SGP of Poland on Saturday will save him.
The Odense-born man missed out on qualification at the GP Challenge in Gorican on Saturday after scoring eight points – leaving him two short of second and third-placed qualifiers Matej Zagar and Niels-Kristian Iversen.
Andersen, who is 10th in the standings, could still overhaul Swedish star Andreas Jonsson for ninth spot, which would be enough to seal automatic qualification for 2013.
But the Swindon rider has 64 points and Jonsson is a colossal 20 in front of him on 84 as they head to the Marian Rose Motoarena, where AJ topped the rostrum last season.
Outscoring the world No.2 by at least 20 points is a very tall order for Andersen, but he is refusing to throw in the top-nine towel.
Iâ€™m slowly coming back to where I was and Iâ€™ll just finish off with a win in Torun. Itâ€™s not over.
He said: “I’m slowly coming back to where I was and I’ll just finish off with a win in Torun. It’s not over.
“Jonsson just needs to have a shocker there and I can just go through the card. Easy! Well, it’s not easy but it is possible.”
Andersen left Gorican dejected that he couldn’t secure a return to the Grand Prix series for next year. His chances were not helped by a last place in his third ride and an engine failure in his fourth.
“I’m deeply disappointed,” he said. “I think I rode really well, to be fair. It was probably some of the best riding I’ve done all season.
“I messed up my third ride off gate one. You could have afforded one slip-up in this Challenge, but then I had an engine failure. I had a bit of a coming together with Batch (Troy Batchelor) in that race. The bike was completely bent and the chain came off.
“I’m very disappointed with what happened in Gorican because I want to be in the Grand Prix.”
If Andersen doesn’t book his place in the 2013 field, he is already eyeing a return for 2014. He said: “I’ll definitely be competing in the Challenges to get back in – that’s for sure.”