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NICKI: EMIL IN CHARGE

Nicki Pedersen says Russian star Emil Sayfutdinov has the World Championship race in his hands after declaring himself ready for Gorzow.

12 / 06 / 2013, 17:30

Danish battler Nicki Pedersen says Russian star Emil Sayfutdinov has the World Championship race in his hands after declaring himself ready to line up in the Gorzow SGP on Saturday.

The triple world champion, currently third in the table and 13 points adrift of the 23-year-old, pulled wrist ligaments in his already broken left arm when he crashed with second-placed Tai Woffinden at the Fogo British SGP in Cardiff on June 1.

Pedersen feared he may need to have a month off the bike to get over his injuries and overcome the break he suffered at the Fogo Swedish SGP on May 4 once and for all.

But after receiving intense physio and treatment since the Cardiff round, Pedersen is happy to race on and even plans to spearhead Rzeszow in their home clash with Torun in the Polish Ekstraliga on Sunday.

With Woffinden, who is eight points behind Sayfutdinov, recovering from surgery on a shattered collarbone, Pedersen admits Sayfutdinov is the favourite to carry off the SGP crown at Torun's Marian Rose Motoarena on October 5.

It’s down to Emil whether he wants to be world champion or not because the way he’s riding, he’s going in the right direction.

Nicki Pedersen

He said: “He definitely has the potential to be world champion. The way he’s riding at the moment, things are going his way.

“It’s down to Emil whether he wants to be world champion or not because the way he’s riding, he’s going in the right direction. But I’m just looking towards myself and looking to be consistent – consistency is my key.

“I had problems with speed towards the start of the season and I was still managing to get podiums.

“I’ve had a couple of injuries in the last three rounds and I’m still competing. Tai is probably not going to be fully fit, so I’ll see what I can do on Saturday.”

Pedersen feels in far better shape, after overcoming the crash in heat 14 of the Fogo British SGP, which left him badly short of strength.

He said: “It’s much, much better. After Cardiff, it was so stiff and I could barely move it. But we’ve been using lots of ice and treatment to get the movement back in.

“The swelling has gone down a lot. The swelling around where the bone broke is still there and it’ll still be a little bit bigger, but the wrist is better and the tendons are getting much better.

“I can feel the strength is getting back into the hand again, so it’s a lot better than it was after Cardiff.”

Pedersen is pleased to be getting back in the saddle for Rzeszow on Sunday afternoon, having gone almost six weeks without a league meeting. But he admits he thought hard about taking a break.

“I really had to think about whether or not I had some time off,” he said. “Sometimes in your career, you think if it’s worth doing what you’re doing if you keep getting a knock on the same thing all the time. That seemed to be happening to the arm.

“I was thinking whether I needed to take some time off and then come back fully fit. But we felt taking a rest until Gorzow would allow me to race in the Polish league the day after.

“That was the biggest concern. I wanted to do the Grand Prix, but I also wanted to be back in the leagues again. I think the way it has been going, it’s definitely going in the right direction and I can race in the Polish league on Sunday.”

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