ZERO TO HERO?
World U21 champion Michael Jepsen Jensen is determined to exorcise the ghost of Gorican as he bids for GP Challenge glory at Poole tonight.
24 / 08 / 2013, 09:46
FIM Speedway Under-21 world champion Michael Jepsen Jensen is determined to exorcise the ghost of Gorican as he bids for GP Challenge glory at Poole tonight.
The Danish international suffered a catastrophic night in the last round of the SGP qualifiers on September 29, 2012, when he failed to score from his five races in Croatia.
But he could put all that firmly behind him with a top three finish at Wimborne Road tonight, which would make him a full-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix rider for 2014.
Jepsen Jensen is up against current SGP stars Niels-Kristian Iversen and Krzysztof Kasprzak, as well as former World Championship regulars Hans Andersen, Kenneth Bjerre and Chris Harris tonight.
But the 2012 Nordic SGP winner knows he has the class to improve on his gruelling night in Gorican.
I will do my best and if don’t qualify, I’ll be satisfied with one season extra before I race in the GPs. It would be fun to get in it. I think I can do it. I’m racing with the guys in different leagues and I know I can be there, so why not?
Michael Jepsen Jensen
He said: “It can’t really be worse. Of course I think will do better. Anything can happen – I could qualify. It’s going to be a hard meeting – one bad heat and you are nearly out.
“But I will do my best and if don’t qualify, I’ll be satisfied with one season extra before I race in the GPs. It would be fun to get in it. I think I can do it. I’m racing with the guys in different leagues and I know I can be there, so why not?”
Jepsen Jensen has never enjoyed the best of fortunes at Poole, but the former Peterborough man is hopeful that will change tonight.
He said: “I feel all the times I’ve been there I’ve been a little bit unlucky. But why shouldn’t that change now?
“I’ve got my engines from Europe that I’m bringing over, my mechanics are coming and I think I’ll be better helped.
“In the British league last year, I had some problems, especially at Poole. My mechanic wanted me to do something and I wanted something else. We’ll do everything to get a bike setup that goes well tonight.”
With Iversen and triple world champion Nicki Pedersen fifth and fourth in the World Championship respectively, Denmark has a great chance to increase its SGP contingent.
MJJ, Andersen, Bjerre and Peter Kildemand are all gunning for SGP spots at Poole, while NKI hopes to guarantee his with a rostrum place.
Jepsen Jensen hopes Denmark can occupy a few more places on the World Championship stage.
He said: “I think it will be good for Denmark to get an extra rider in the series. We have five in the Challenge and we have a good chance. We have some good riders at the moment. We have two riders in at the moment for next year – I think we could get an extra guy.”
GP CHALLENGE LINE-UP: 1 Vaclav Milik, 2 Maciej Janowski, 3 Krzysztof Kasprzak, 4 Peter Kildemand, 5 Timo Lahti, 6 Hans Andersen, 7 Kenneth Bjerre, 8 Troy Batchelor, 9 Danny King, 10 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 11 Tomas H Jonasson, 12 Michael Jepsen Jensen, 13 Piotr Pawlicki, 14 Martin Smolinski, 15 Chris Harris, 16 Daniel Nermark. RESERVES: 17 Ben Barker, 18 Lewis Bridger.