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PK: RULES STOPPED SOMERSET MOVE

Peter Kildemand says he nearly agreed a deal to race for Somerset in Britain this year, but admits Polish regulations ruled him out.

15 / 02 / 2017, 11:18

SGP first reserve Peter Kildemand says he nearly agreed a deal to race for Somerset in the SGB Premiership this year, but admits rule changes in Poland forced him out.

The Danish star missed out on a full-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix berth for this year after finishing 12th in last season’s standings, so he was keen to race in the British top flight.

But with Polish Ekstraliga riders only able to compete in two other leagues, the Leszno man was unable to add Rebels meetings to his commitments for the Bulls, plus Swedish club Piraterna and Danish side Fjelsted.

I did speak to Somerset and I was quite close to getting a deal with them. It’s a nice team and a nice track to race at. It was just the Polish rule that stopped me being there – I wasn’t allowed to do it.

Peter Kildemand

The Odense-born star said: “It’s a shame really because I thought it would have been great to come back to Britain and ride, especially right now when I am not so busy.

“It’s a bit of a bummer that Poland did that. Everyone wants to be riding as much as possible and I think it’s not fair on us that they should control what we can and can’t do.

“I did speak to Somerset and I was quite close to getting a deal with them.

"It’s a nice team and a nice track to race at. It was just the Polish rule that stopped me being there – I wasn’t allowed to do it.”

With the Polish and Swedish leagues offering riders the most income, many Ekstraliga stars are facing a choice between Britain and Denmark if they want to compete in another country.

And there was no question of Kildemand quitting his home league or his boyhood team Fjelsted.

He said: “I wanted to keep racing in the Danish league. I have been riding for Fjelsted all my life and I don’t really see any place else in Denmark to ride.

“It’s quite good and I have some sponsors around there. I’m staying there for the next three years to give them and the club a bit back. They have always been loyal to me.”

 

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