RIDER REVIEW: NIELS-KRISTIAN IVERSEN
SGP Rider Review is your guide to how the FIM Speedway Grand Prix class of 2016 fared. Today we spotlight Niels-Kristian Iversen.
It’s fair to say it has been a mixed year for the Esbjerg-born racer. But even when NKI looked down and out of the SGP qualification race, he hit back with the class of a rider who had been a consistent medal contender since his World Championship return in 2013.
Despite finishing fourth at round four in Prague, Iversen missed out on semi-final qualification at four out of the five opening rounds, leaving Cardiff 14th overall.
Another final appearance in Teterow kept him in contention, but Iversen knew he needed a big performance to save his season.
That came in Torun. The Gorzow and Piraterna man showed sensational speed to see off Greg Hancock, Bartosz Zmarzlik and Matej Zagar in the final to top the box and put himself right back in the qualification hunt.
And when he reached the semi-finals at the season-closing QBE Insurance Australian SGP in Melbourne, he just needed a point to be sure of the eighth and final automatic qualifying place in the 2017 series.
Iversen held off Piotr Pawlicki’s attentions to deliver the third place he needed.
NKI enjoyed a strong season away from the SGP series, winning a fantastic fifth straight Danish Championship, as well as the Polish Ekstraliga title with Gorzow.
He’ll be determined to get back into World Championship medal contention in 2017 and add to the bronze he won in 2013.
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