MARKETA MAGIC FOR NICKI?
Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen is pleased to see the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Race Off and Final being staged in Prague.
14 / 07 / 2013, 09:30
Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen is pleased to see the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Race Off and Final being staged in Prague and hopes to make the most of his Marketa Stadium knowledge.
The 36-year-old leads the Danes into action against Team Great Britain, Sweden and the USA in Event 2 at King’s Lynn on Monday and is relishing the chance to compete on one of his favourite race tracks.
Prague is always a fantastic venue and I’m sure lots of fans would love to go there, have a bit of a holiday and watch great races.
He has even more recent experience of the Marketa Stadium as he races for Prague in the Czech league and has won three Czech FIM Speedway Grand Prix rounds there.
Pedersen hopes he will only have to compete in the Monster Energy SWC Final next Saturday if his Danish team, featuring skipper Niels-Kristian Iversen, Michael Jepsen Jensen and Kenneth Bjerre, tops the rostrum at the Norfolk Arena.
And he feels the Final will be a close-fought contest. He said: “It’s going to be nice to have a round where nobody is riding on their favourite home track. The Czechs are going to be there, but I don’t know if they can be world champions or not.
“It’s going to be quite exciting to see the SWC in Prague. It has been held in Poland and Denmark lots of times. Prague is always a fantastic venue and I’m sure lots of fans would love to go there, have a bit of a holiday and watch great races.
“I always seem to have some good meetings in Prague. I won’t say it’s a difficult track, but it’s always a technical track. You need to put the bike in the right places at the right times.
“I know Niels and Kenneth can ride it and I’m sure Michael can figure it out as well. We need to concentrate on King’s Lynn first of all and then the next step will be Prague.”
Despite going into Event 2 as favourites to triumph, Pedersen admits his side must be consistent and avoid complacency.
He said: “I’m sure it’s going to be a good meeting. But it’s a long night and everybody needs the consistency. We’re going to fight to go straight through to the Final. That’s the plan.
“It’s going to be a fantastic venue – Great Britain are going to throw everything at us and race absolutely 100 percent. They are on home soil with lots of home fans. So that’s going to give them something extra.
“Sweden are not at full-strength, but the riders there can still ride the bike and score the points. We’ll never underestimate anybody. You’ve got to stay focused and the key is consistency.”