PK SEEKS SGP SALVATION
Peter Kildemand is determined not to exit the SGP series after his 2017 qualification hopes suffered a setback in Stockholm.
27 Sep 2016, 12:42
Danish star Peter Kildemand is determined not to exit the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series after his 2017 qualification hopes suffered a setback in Stockholm.
Kildemand managed six points to fall two short of the semi-finals. He is now 13th in the World Championship on 62 points – 12 behind Antonio Lindback, who occupies the eighth and final automatic qualifying place for next year.
I want to do the GPs. I don’t want to come in this year and not do it next year. I love it and I’ll do all I can to stay.
He still has two rounds and 42 points available to close that gap, and Kildemand is determined to show his best form in Torun on Saturday and Melbourne on October 22 as he bids to remain in the SGP elite.
He said: “I didn’t really do what I wanted again in Stockholm. I made some good starts and I actually feel I have some speed in the bike. But I made some mistakes, hit some holes and stuff like that and the guys passed me.
“I am really disappointed with myself, so I am looking forward to Torun. Hopefully I can do something there.
“We’ll see what happens. I’m 12 points off the top eight and that’s still reasonable. But I need two really good rounds and I’ll see what I can do. I need to show my best.
“I want to get back into it. I want to do the GPs. I don’t want to come in this year and not do it next year. I love it and I’ll do all I can to stay.”
Despite winning the season-opening Slovenian SGP in Krsko, Kildemand has struggled for form since then, reaching just one semi-final in the last eight rounds.
The rider admits this has understandably hit his confidence after a sensational 2015 season that saw him win the Danish SGP and finish ninth overall – three points short of the top eight – despite only being drafted in to replace the injured Jaroslaw Hampel from round four of 12.
He said: “When it’s going well like it was last year, you can keep it rolling. When you have the mindset right, it’s much easier. Of course I am struggling a bit right now. I started off the season well, but I had a couple of injuries and I have been struggling really.”