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Danish star Nicki Pedersen believes he has the team around him to “do something extremely special” after years of chopping and changing.

06 / 03 / 2013, 16:28

Danish star Nicki Pedersen believes he has the team around him to “do something extremely special” after years of chopping and changing.

The Odense-born man, who lines up in the New Zealand SGP in Auckland on March 23, recruited and parted ways with a number of mechanics prior to 2012, including John Jorgensen, who played a key role in his 2007 and 2008 SGP title wins.

Last season saw former rider Tom P Madsen take over as his lead spannerman, joining Tomasz Dolkowski and Bjarne Bramming.

The trio are all back for 2013 and Pedersen is delighted to be starting a season with familiar faces in his pit area as he bids to go one better than the World Championship silver he achieved last term.

The team I have around me now is a new generation. I’ve got new people and they seem to know me well now.

Nicki Pedersen

He said: “The team I have around me now is a new generation. I’ve got new people and they seem to know me well now. If we get things in the right place, we can be up there.

“All the people in the camp are the same as in 2012, so I can’t wait to get started with them again. They know me, I know them and when you have fun, you can go out and do something extremely special. Hopefully that’s going to happen.”

Bouncing back from two straight 10th-place finishes in 2010 and 2011 was a great achievement for Pedersen. And the triple world champion admits he may have called a halt to his SGP career had he not achieved such a dramatic turnaround last year.

He said: “That would have been it, and I said that to myself. I didn’t want to have a wild card for 2013 no matter what happened.

“To come from No.10 to No.2 – and I wanted to be in the top three – meant I had reached my targets. If you’re in the top three, it’s all up for grabs and anything can happen. This time it didn’t happen, though, and I ended up No.2.”

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