NO BRUMMIES RETURN FOR BJARNE
SGP star Bjarne Pedersen is â€œ100,000 percent sureâ€ he will not start 2013 at Birmingham, but declined to go into his reasons.
03 / 10 / 2012, 18:26
SGP star Bjarne Pedersen is “100,000 percent sure” he will not start 2013 at Birmingham, but declined to go into his reasons for parting ways with the Perry Barr club.
The former Danish champion has been ruled out of Brummies’ Elite League play-off semi-final, second leg at Swindon on Thursday night due to an ankle injury.
He hopes to be fit to take his place in the FIM Torun SGP of Poland on Saturday, which would be his last ever Grand Prix outing.
Brummies stated in an official press release today that Pedersen won’t return to the club next season after a year which has seen his British form dip alarmingly.
The rider confirmed in no uncertain terms that he would not be staying at the Midland track, but politely declined to go into the reasons why.
I donâ€™t want to start putting a lot of things into the media, but I can easily say today that I wonâ€™t be part of Birmingham Speedway next year.
He said: “For sure, there is no chance I will return to Birmingham next year. I don’t want to start putting a lot of things into the media, but I can easily say today that I won’t be part of Birmingham Speedway next year.
“A lot of things have gone on and been said this year. I can see Phil Morris has already started putting some things out. I can say that I am 100,000 percent sure I will not return to Birmingham for next year.”
This is the second No.1 Brummies have parted with after just one season. GP Challenge winner Krzysztof Kasprzak left the club last year after a campaign which saw his Polish club Tarnow mysteriously withdraw his start permission twice.
But Pedersen does not rule out competing for Brummies in their Knockout Cup quarter final with Belle Vue next week, assuming he comes through the Torun SGP with no problems.
He said: “I’ll see. We’ll take one step at a time. I’ll see after Saturday how everything is feeling and I will take a decision on the Sunday.”
The rider is already looking forward to 2013 and would be available to an Elite League club on a 7.35 average. Pedersen is certain he can lift that figure next term.
He said: “I’m looking for a new club and my average is pretty low now. I already feel ready to get back and show people I can put points on my average again.
“My mind is open. Of course I’ve got a couple of clubs at No.1 and No.2 on my list. Hopefully it will go one way or the other. Only the future will show how the rules end up and what spaces there are. But I’m really looking forward to getting a fresh start in Britain.”
Pedersen’s parent club Poole could be in the running for his services, along with Eastbourne – the side he led to the 2011 Elite League play-off final. The rider says he would still be in Eagles colours now, had he not returned to SGP racing.
He said: “To be fair, I was disappointed Eastbourne could not fit me in this year. But they’ve said the only reason I wasn’t at the club is because I got back into the Grand Prix.
“I understand that they have a race day on the Saturday and the Grand Prix is on the Saturday, so it doesn’t fit together. I’d have loved to stay there.”