NK-I BELIEVE, SAYS NIELS
Niels-Kristian Iversen says his brace of SGP victories in 2013 have given him more belief than ever before as he eyes a big 2014.
21 / 10 / 2013, 14:50
Double Danish champ Niels-Kristian Iversen says his brace of SGP victories in 2013 have given him more belief than ever before as he eyes “a big year” next season.
The Esbjerg-born rider finished third in the World Championship – comfortably bettering his previous best of 12th place in 2008.
Iversen, who finished second in the Elite League Riders Championship at Swindon on Saturday, won SGP rounds in Terenzano and Stockholm, with the Friends Arena triumph on September 21 featuring a sensational six straight race victories.
The Indianerna rider admits he has never been more confident and, rather than reflect on the best year of his career to date, he is determined to keep taking steps forward in 2014.
I’ve got the taste for it and it’s important that you get closer to where you want to be. That’s the whole thing about winning. The more I win, the more I want it and the more I want.
He said: “I have to think about the future and keep focused about what’s going to happen next year. Next year is going to be a big year.
“It’s going to be a tough one again and everyone starts from zero, so I’ve got to prepare myself in the winter for more of the same and hopefully I can keep going.
“Of course, you always want more. I’ve got the taste for it and it’s important that you get closer to where you want to be. That’s the whole thing about winning. The more I win, the more I want it and the more I want.
“I think it’s going to be good and hopefully I can keep my form going over the course of next year, but I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to do it. I’ll prepare the same way and hopefully I’ll still be good.
“I believe in myself a bit more now than I did before. Before the season I had never won a Grand Prix and never thought of winning GPs so I didn’t really know how much I could achieve and how much was realistic.
“But I know now that I can go as far as winning GPs. I won two this season and have been in five finals. I got to four of the last five GP finals. I know I can do it when things work out.
“I don’t think I have changed as a result of what has happened, but the way I think and the way I believe has changed a lot.”
Iversen accepts pushing for World Championship gold or silver would be a monumental challenge and refuses to set that level of expectation until the season gets underway.
He added: “I think it’s a big ask to do better because I have done really well this year, and I didn’t expect it to go that well before the season started.
“It is difficult to say how far I can take it but it is a long way from the first Grand Prix to the last. It is just about everything coming together if you want to finish at the top.
“You need a bit of luck as well and you need to have things go your way all year through. If that happens, then who knows? You’ve got to take one meeting at a time.”