FINAL FLOURISH FOR PK?
Danish racer Peter Kildemand is determined to end the FIM Speedway Grand Prix season with a final flourish in a bid to seal his spot for 2017.
Despite winning the season-opening Slovenian SGP in Krsko, Kildemand has slipped to 12th in the World Championship with 56 points, leaving him 14 short of the top-eight automatic qualifying places for 2017.
"I need to get into a couple of finals right now to do something. That’s my last hope – to show the organisers what I can do if I hit form right."
- Peter Kildemand
PK could still make it into next season’s series with a permanent wild card pick, though, and Dane is keen to end a tough year on a high to boost his selection hopes.
He said: “I need to step it up right now and see what I can do. I need to get into a couple of finals right now to do something. That’s my last hope – to show the organisers what I can do if I hit form right. We will see.”
The Odense-born racer was exasperated to miss out on the German SGP semis with six points in Teterow last Saturday and was gutted he couldn’t capitalise on his strong starts.
He added: “I can’t complain too much. I made some good starts and felt like the bike was quick when I hit the front, but I made big mistakes on the first corner a couple of times. I really just opened the door and let them through.
“I hit the front in the last one and kept it to the finish, but I am really, really disappointed with myself. I actually had the starts right, so that’s also why I am disappointed.”
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