Menu
Card image cap

RIDER ROUND-UP: NICKI PEDERSEN

In the first edition of this year’s SGP Rider Round-up, Danish icon Nicki Pedersen tells us about his recent brush with royalty.

28 / 01 / 2017, 10:28

In the first edition of this year’s SGP Rider Round-up, Danish icon Nicki Pedersen tells us about his recent brush with royalty and life in the sun.

The triple world champion may have endured a tough 2016 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series, culminating in him missing the final three rounds following a crash at the Golden Helmet meeting in Pardubice on September 18.

But he still had cause for celebration after storming to the Speedway European Championship at Rybnik the night before his season-ending crash.

I tried to get back to normal life and enjoy it. We went on a few vacations and that was good. Other than that, I was spending time with family. I also took care of things for the new season while I had time.

Nicki Pedersen

This success and being one of the nation’s speedway legends saw Pedersen invited to the Sport 2016 gala on January 7, where he met up with HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

“Of course, I have met him a few times before,” Pedersen said. “We always enjoy things like this and it’s definitely something I have to be proud of … just for my sport. I enjoy being an ambassador for our sport.”

Pedersen also handed over an award to Denmark’s Olympic handball champions. “I did the presentation and speech for the handball guys, who won sportsmen of the year,” he said.

“Among them was Mikkel Hansen. He has been the world’s best player over the last couple of years. The sport is huge all over Europe, except for in Britain. I don’t know what’s going on there! It’s huge in France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Italy.”

Pedersen has been on the sidelines since his Czech tumble, but hasn’t been kicking his heels. As well as doing what he could to prepare for 2017, he has also been enjoying the high life in the Maldives and Dubai with partner Helene Huttmann.

The Monaco-based star said: “I tried to get back to normal life and enjoy it. We went on a few vacations and that was good. Other than that, I was spending time with family. I also took care of things for the new season while I had time.

“We decided to go to the Maldives for eight days and then we went back to Dubai and spent another eight days there.

“Dubai is not that far away. You’ve got places to go, the shopping centres and the weather is fantastic all the time. It’s never raining there. It’s always nice and warm and the facilities and quality is really high.

“Then we went back to Monaco for Happy New Year. Last year we had that in Dubai, so this year we wanted to do it in Monaco.”

 

Card image cap

MONSTER ENERGY SWC SIDES REVEALED

The starting line-ups for the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup have been revealed.

Card image cap

MAGIC-AL WIN IN WROCLAW FOR TORUN

Polish team captain Maciej Janowski brought his Horsens magic to Torun, racing to 13 paid 14 points as Wroclaw stunned the hosts 49-41.

Card image cap

VIDEO | HORSENS FINAL

Relive another Magic moment in Horsens as Maciej Janowski​ topped the box in a second straight Kjærgaard Danish SGP final.

Card image cap

LATVIA COMPLETE MONSTER ENERGY SWC LINE-UP

Latvia complete the line-up for the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup after winning today’s qualifier in Riga.

Card image cap

VIDEO | HORSENS PRESS CONFERENCE

Hear what Horsens top three Maciej Janowski​, Emil Sayfutdinov​ and Patryk Dudek​ had to say in our Kjærgaard Danish SGP press conference.

Card image cap

MAGIC'S HORSENS DOUBLE

Maciej Janowski was elated with “an amazing night” in Horsens as he won the Kjærgaard Danish SGP for the second straight season.

Card image cap

VIDEO | HORSENS RIDER REACTION

We got some Rider Reaction from the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars after the Kjærgaard Danish SGP in Horsens ...

Card image cap

VIDEO | HORSENS HIGHLIGHTS

We look back at the best of the action from an epic Kjærgaard Danish SGP as Poland's Maciej Janowski completed a Horsens double.